Kyrie Irving, other 10 percent of NBA players remain unvaccinated
September 24, 2021 - Friday 7:09 PM by GDM
Brooklyn Nets superstar Kyrie Irving is among the remaining 10 percent of NBA players who have yet to receive COVID-19 vaccination, per multiple sources.
Irving's vaccination status could affect his availability in home games since there are regulations in San Francisco and New York regarding unvaccinated athletes.
Per Fox Sports, unvaccinated members of the New York Knicks, Brooklyn Nets, and Golden State Warriors would be prohibited from playing or practicing in their home arenas "without providing proof of at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccination unless they have an approved medical or religious exemption".
Although Nets GM Sean Marks admitted that not every Nets player is vaccinated, he did not mention Irving or any other player specifically.
"Regarding if they could play today, I can't comment on who could play and so forth. There would obviously be a couple people missing from that picture," Marks said. "I won't get into who it is, but we feel confident in the following several days before camp everybody would be allowed to participate and so forth."
Meanwhile, the Golden State Warriors are going through a similar issue with Andrew Wiggins, who has been vocal against receiving the vaccine.
Tge 26-year-old Wiggins has not changed his mind about getting the vaccine since comments he made on March 22.
"To each his own, really. Whoever wants to get it, can get it; whoever doesn't want to get it, don't get it," Wiggins said. "Right now, I'm not getting it, but it's no knock on anyone else that's getting it. I make my own decisions. But right now, I decided not to get it."
According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the Oakland physician tried to discuss with Wiggins about vaccine hesitancy, but he remained firm with his stand.
The Warriors will host the Los Angeles Clippers on October 21 at Chase Center in San Francisco.
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