- Kyrie Irving took to Instagram Live to address his decision to remain unvaccinated, his solidarity with those who’ve lost their jobs due to the mandate, and his future in the NBA.
- The meandering soliloquy further confused NBA fans who are trying to view the seven-time All Star as someone other than a contrarian without a cause.
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Have you ever coasted on a group project and the day of the presentation, the one girl worth a damn bangs out sick, and you’re forced to give an analysis on the themes of Catcher In The Rye by only reading the back cover?
That was the essence of Kyrie Irving’s first extensive explanation for his decision to resist the vaccine, days after the Brooklyn Nets announced Kyrie will not play or practice with the team until he is eligible to be a full participant: “Each member of our organization must pull in the same direction,” the Nets statement read in part.
In an Instagram Live to nearly 100,000 confused viewers, Kyrie, featured in the foreground of a stacked bookshelf, reiterated his refusal to get vaccinated on the grounds of “rocking with all those who have lost their jobs to this mandate.”
Kyrie Irving address his stance on not getting the vaccine on IG Live: “It’s about choosing what’s best for you. You think I really want to lose money? You think I really want to give up on my dream to go after a championship? You think I really just want to give up my job?” pic.twitter.com/cYHCWGbnCo
— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) October 14, 2021
A few things to note from the meandering soliloquy.
Kyrie is unvaccinated and will remain unvaccinated.
“It’s reality that in order to be in New York City and on a team, I have to be vaccinated,” Irving said. “I choose to be unvaccinated and that’s my choice.”
Kyrie doesn’t care what you think.
“I am doing what’s best for me. I know the consequences here and if it means that I’m judged and demonized for that, that’s just what it is,” Irving said. “That’s the role I play, but I never wanted to give up my passion, my love, my dream just over this mandate.”
Mandates, not COVID, is the real malady.
“I’m rocking with all those who have lost their jobs to this mandate and I’m rocking with all those who chose to be vaccinated and are choosing to be safe as well,” Irving said. “I’m on both sides of all this. I support and respect everybody’s decision.”
Money ain’t a thang.
“So what? It’s not about the money,” Irving said. “It’s not always about the money. It’s about choosing what’s best for you. You think I really want to lose money?”
Kyrie is not retiring.
“No, I’m not retiring and no I’m not going and leaving this game like this,” Irving said. “There’s still so much more work to do and there still so many other (youngsters) to inspire, because I know they want to be better than me.”
Kyrie was on IG live like… pic.twitter.com/8aeL7nOoQL
— Double L must Rock The Bells (@LoveThePuck) October 14, 2021
How Kyrie's IG Live really sounded: pic.twitter.com/vG025ExcjX
— Suplex God Hook$ 🗂️ (Prod. 3 Amigos) (@MillyBeamen) October 14, 2021
Kevin Durant and James Harden watching Kyrie Irving’s IG Live as soon as Kyrie said he’s “standing strong” pic.twitter.com/nKiIr9EqNc
— Rich (@UptownDC_Rich) October 14, 2021
— Joel (@J0elRosario3) October 12, 2021
Nets fans after watching Kyrie’s IG live pic.twitter.com/d61nWR4POL
— NBA Memes (@NBAMemes) October 14, 2021
Steve Nash at the Instagram servers trying to mute Kyrie Irving’s IG Live pic.twitter.com/BYrDaulIMP
— AyoCaleb🎃 (@RussProdigy0) October 14, 2021
how Kyrie sounded on IG live pic.twitter.com/MzOaFKsvh5
— druwop. (@inmanparklegend) October 14, 2021
Kyrie explaining why he hasn’t gotten vaccinated yet pic.twitter.com/EmHOUPdcoj
— Josiah Johnson (@KingJosiah54) October 13, 2021
Folks really out here comparing Kyrie Irving to Muhammad Ali.
Yall must be outside yalls mind pic.twitter.com/eqMmlVb44k
— Clarence Hill Jr (@clarencehilljr) October 14, 2021
Kyrie Irving is refusing to get vaccinated.
Muhammad Ali did a TV commercial urging parents to vaccinate their kids.
— Jon Cooper 🇺🇸 (@joncoopertweets) October 14, 2021
Kyrie said he stands with the vaccinated and the unvaccinated, no more division we have to come together.
That literally means nothing.
— Young Daddy (@Toure) October 14, 2021
Now if you’ll excuse me, I gotta slide in Kyrie’s DMs to try to recruit him for my men’s league hoops team. His title dreams don’t have to die here.