Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving made international headlines this year. His decision to essentially miss the majority of his team’s season over mandated vaccination requirements led to a lot of polarization and controversy.
Everyone weighed in on the matter. Chris Paul talked about. LeBron James memed about it. Karl-Anthony Towns, who lost multiple family members including his mom to COVID-19, addressed it. Even Kevin Durant had to confront the matter in some capacity.
It was a big deal.
This week, in a song on his new Mr. Morale and the Big Steppers album, rapper Kendrick Lamar addressed the controversy head on.
Seen a Christian say the vaccine mark of the beast,
Then he caught covid and prayed to Pfizer for relief,
Then I caught covid and started to question Kyrie,
Will I stay organic or hurt in this bed for two weeks
Understandably, many wondered how Irving would feel about the jab. Fortunately, they didn’t have to wait long.
Irving addressed the topic during a live stream:
“So… he’s goated,” Irving said.
“We know that. [laughter] That’s definitely going to go over people’s heads, but that’s part of art. It sparks conversation. It sparks conversation. I love it. You know what I’m saying? He’s goated. I’m not… I’m not mad. I’m not indifferent. I’m just grateful. How about that?”
Irving has been in the news quite a bit in recent days. Between his commentary on his relationship with LeBron James and his weird now-viral OnlyFans rant, it has been one thing after another.
This Kendrick Lamar thing is just par for the course.
Now that looks like a fun honeymoon. https://t.co/eofbMHSIuf
— Game 7 (@game7__) May 13, 2022
What will Irving ultimately go viral for next?
Time will tell.