Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving has not played in a single one of his team’s games this season.
Due to strict New York mandates regarding COVID-19 vaccinations, Irving is ineligible to play in home outings. Because the Nets refuse to accommodate an away-only scheduling plan, the unvaccinated Irving has been sidelined indefinitely.
The decision has cost him a lot of money.
Up to this point, many have speculated regarding why specifically Irving is so against getting vaccinated. His own comments have done little to clarify the matter.
This week a new report emerged that shines a light on Irving position. Apparently, he is willing to get vaccinated. On one condition.
That condition? Irving would reportedly be open to a vaccine if it were plant-based.
“Those closest to him also have shared that Irving knows anything he says will be magnified and scrutinized and he doesn’t want to be viewed as an anti-vaxxer,” reported NBA insider Brandon ‘Scoop B’ Robinson. “He’s not taking this stance to be a voice for the voiceless. He’s just not trusting of the available vaccines, according to sources. Irving also does not want to get vaccinated because of bad experiences with his health due to basketball injuries over the years.”
That’s where a plant-based vaccine comes in.
“Irving has adopted a 100-percent plant-based diet, so he could wait until a plant-based version of the vaccine has been completed and approved,” Robinson continued. “One such vaccine is undergoing clinical trials with more than 30,000 people taking part, according to a report in August.”
James Harden’s recent assertions regarding Irving were telling.
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A middle-ground solution that sees Irving return to basketball is in everyone’s best interest.
Will one ultimately be reached? Time will tell.
A longtime sports reporter, Carlos Garcia has written about some of the biggest and most notable athletic events of the last 5 years. He has been credentialed to cover MLS, NBA and MLB games all over the United States. His work has been published on Fox Sports, Bleacher Report, AOL and the Washington Post.