NBA’s Adam Silver opens up on Kyrie Irving COVID vaccine drama, supports city mandates

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NBA Commissioner Adam Silver supports New York City’s local coronavirus vaccine mandate and said Kyrie Irving’s decision to forgo the disease vaccination was not a league issue.

Irving would be banned from playing at home at Barclays Center and San Francisco against the Golden State Warriors for failing to follow city officials’ vaccination laws. The Brooklyn Nets have also drawn a red line on Irving’s status, saying he will be banned from training with the team until he is vaccinated and will not be a player at part-time.

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Kyrie Irving # 11 of the Brooklyn Nets looks on during the game against the Boston Celtics in Round 1, Game 5 of the 2021 NBA Playoffs on June 1, 2021 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
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“I would love to see our players vaccinated because I think it’s kind of a public service, especially for young people who might not see the point of getting vaccinated,” Silver said on the eve of the season. 2021-22.

“There is nothing fair about this virus. It is indiscriminate in terms of who it affects. And I think it is perfectly appropriate that New York and other cities have passed laws that require people to people who work and visit the arenas to be vaccinated This appears to be a responsible public health decision.

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Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving has faced criticism for taking a stand against coronavirus vaccine warrants.

Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving has faced criticism for taking a stand against coronavirus vaccine warrants.
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Silver said about 96% of players have been vaccinated and added that he hopes the Nets star will be vaccinated as well.

“I hope Kyrie, despite his feelings for the vaccination, finally decides to get the vaccine because I would love to see him play basketball this season,” he said.

FILE - Brooklyn Nets goalie Kyrie Irving (11) shoots against the Milwaukee Bucks in the second half of Game 1 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series in New York on Saturday, June 5 2021, archive photo.  Players like Kyrie Irving, who declined to say if he will be vaccinated against COVID-19, will be tested on all NBA training, travel and game days this season.  Fully vaccinated players will not be.  (AP Photo / Adam Hunger, file)

FILE – Brooklyn Nets goalie Kyrie Irving (11) shoots against the Milwaukee Bucks in the second half of Game 1 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series in New York on Saturday, June 5 2021, archive photo. Players like Kyrie Irving, who declined to say if he will be vaccinated against COVID-19, will be tested on all NBA training, travel and game days this season. Fully vaccinated players will not be. (AP Photo / Adam Hunger, file)
(AP Photo / Adam Hunger, file)

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Brooklyn kicks off its season against the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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