Not getting vaccinated comes at a high price, especially if you are an NBA player.
Such is the case with Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving, who could lose millions of dollars if he cannot play at home this season due to his refusal to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. ESPN reported Monday morning.
“This is the last thing I wanted to create … more distractions and more buzz and more drama around this,” Irving said, via ESPN. “I know that I will be there every day no matter what and I will just be there for my teammates as one of the team leaders and I will be there for my growing tribe off the court.”
Irving’s comments come as the NBA and the NBA Players Association end sanctions for unvaccinated players in the New York and San Francisco markets, which have strict local mandates for people who are not vaccinated against COVID. -19. The two sides recently decided that there will be “a reduction in salary of 1 / 91.6 of a player’s salary for every game that an unvaccinated player misses due to local COVID-19 vaccination mandates,” ESPN reported.
If Irving can’t play at home, he risks losing more than $ 380,000 per game.
“I’m doing my best to keep this up with good intentions and a good heart,” said Irving, who could miss preseason games at home this week if he doesn’t get his first chance from COVID.
The 29-year-old guard, who publicly follows Conspiracy theories Against the vaccine, you’ve already missed the Nets media day festivities because local mandates prohibit unvaccinated personnel from being on the premises.
Irving is the NBA’s last big hurdle that he could miss games if he’s not vaccinated. Golden State Warriors small forward Andrew Wiggins made headlines last month for his strong stance against vaccination, but recently had his first chance not to miss a home game.