Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving currently finds himself in a precarious situation. He refuses to get the COVID-19 vaccination. This is problematic because New York requires pro athletes who practice or play indoors to show proof of at least one vaccine shot.
Translation: Irving, as things currently stand, cannot participate in Nets home games.
There was initially some hope that Kevin Durant would be able to convince Irving to get his shots, but it appears he was unable to do so.
Now that it is sinking in that Irving will not get vaccinated, his relationship with the Nets is rapidly deteriorating.
This week, in response to trade rumors and backlash, Irving offered a cryptic 4-word response to all his haters on Twitter:
Be still and know….
— A11Even (@KyrieIrving) October 6, 2021
What precisely is Irving trying to say there? Well, that’s for everyone to decipher on their own.
Irving’s vaccination status, barring a change, is going to cost him a lot of money. That said, for the time being, he seems steadfast in his refusal to relent.
Urban Meyer’s wife finally snapped. https://t.co/5ZSSIwJ1S6
— Game 7 (@game7__) October 7, 2021
Most sports books have Brooklyn as the favorite to win a championship next year – if Irving gets his shots and is able to play.
Should that not occur, however, the title picture will suddenly open up tremendously to five or six teams that it probably would’ve otherwise been closed off to.