The anti-vaccine movement is praising Brooklyn Nets superstar Kyrie Irving for taking a strong stance against the NBA vaccine mandate.
Currently, Irving cannot play in New York because of the city’s local mandate. Irving stated during Nets media week last month that his vaccine status is “no one’s business” and he prefers to keep that matter private.
Irving over the recent weeks has received backlash from several veteran NBA players such as Charles Barkley, Shaquille O’Neil and Kareem Abdul-Jabber.
Barkley recently on an TNT segment implied Irving was selfish and said, “first of all, you don’t get the vaccine for yourself. You get it for other people.”
Despite Irving’s backlash from several NBA players, he’s gained popularity and support from health conspiracy theorists. Author and health conspiracy theorist David Avocado Wolfe praised Irving and called him “the smartest guy in the NBA.” Health Impact News editor Brian Shilhavy referred to the NBA as “slave masters.”
In a recent Instagram live, Irving discussed his viewpoints regarding the vaccine mandate and how it’s not fair to those losing their jobs.
“People are losing their jobs to these mandates. People are having to make choices with their own lives, which I respect,” Irving said.
Irving could potentially lose close up to $400,00 per game if he decides to sit out for the season due to health and safety protocols.