Nets owner Tsai unsure when unvaccinated Irving will play again | Inquirer Sports
Close  

Nets owner Tsai unsure when unvaccinated Irving will play again

/ 12:21 PM October 30, 2021
Kyrie Irving Nets

(FILES) In this file photo taken on October 02, 2021 Kyrie Irving #11 of the Brooklyn Nets cheers from the bench during a preseason game against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. – Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving says October 13, 2021 he’s “doing what’s best for me” in declining a Covid-19 vaccine, a move that will see him sidelined from NBA play. (Photo by KEVORK DJANSEZIAN / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP)

Brooklyn Nets owner Joseph Tsai said he is not sure when Kyrie Irving will play for them again, with the guard unable to join the team having chosen not to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

The NBA does not require players to be inoculated but Irving is not eligible to play in home games because a New York mandate requires proof of at least one shot of the vaccine to enter large indoor spaces.

ADVERTISEMENT

The Nets announced ahead of this season that Irving, a seven-time All-Star who joined Brooklyn in 2019 after stints with Cleveland and Boston, would not play or practice with the team until he is eligible to be a full participant.

“I don’t know,” Tsai told ESPN in an interview when asked about Irving’s return. “He has to be vaccinated in order to come back if the New York mandate is still in place. Don’t ask me when they may or may not change the mandate.

FEATURED STORIES

“If you ask the people that are making decisions at the city level, they’re going to say ‘we’re going to rely on science, rely on what the health department tells us’.”

Tsai said he had not spoken to Irving since the team took a stance on his participation.

“Kyrie has his own belief so I respect that. But we have to make a team decision. This isn’t a decision about him. This is a decision about where we go as a team,” Tsai said.

“And it’s just not tenable for us to have a team with a player that comes in and out, no home games, only away games. What do you do in practice then? This week we have a whole stretch of six home games, so we won’t have Kyrie.

“We’re very much aligned … that this has to be, especially since we’re a team with pretty lofty aspirations. We don’t see any other way of running this team.”

RELATED STORIES

Protesters show support for Irving’s vaccine stance ahead of Nets game

Get the hottest sports news straight into your inbox

By providing an email address. I agree to the Terms of Use and acknowledge that I have read the Privacy Policy.
Read Next
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: Brooklyn Nets, Joseph Tsai, Kyrie Irving
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.

Subscribe to our sports news

By providing an email address. I agree to the Terms of Use and
acknowledge that I have read the Privacy Policy.



© Copyright 1997-2022 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.