Nets: Kyrie must be a full participant
Various restrictions around the US require players to be vaccinated in order to suit up on their home court, and the suggestion previously was that Kyrie might just miss home games. The Nets have since outlined their position.
Kyrie Irving will not play or practice with the team until he is full participant, Nets say.
Multiple sources with direct knowledge of Irving's decision have told The Athletic that Irving is not anti-vaccine and that his stance is that he is upset that people are losing their jobs due to vaccine mandates. It’s a stance that Irving has explained to close teammates. To him, this is about a grander fight than the one on the court and Irving is challenging a perceived control of society and people’s livelihood, according to sources with knowledge of Irving’s mindset. It is a decision that he believes he is capable to make given his current life dynamics. "Kyrie wants to be a voice for the voiceless," one source said.Wonder if making it a personal protest rather than something closer to a religious position might mean they're not on the hook for paying him? Obviously pushing too hard will alienate him entirely.
There are other stories out about the Nets' ownership frustration with Kyrie's previous absence, that they signed Harden more or less as insurance for that, etc.