Irving, who is not vaccinated, is subject to New York City protocols, which state that anyone entering arenas has to show proof of vaccination.
Per the New York mandate, anyone over the age of 12 entering a public facility such as a sports arena or other “indoor gyms and fitness settings” in the city must present proof of at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine. That includes professional athletes.
Irving is expected to join the team when they start training camp in San Diego later this week.
Because there is no league vaccine mandate, Irving will be allowed to play in other cities where there is no such law. Michele Roberts, the Players union head, has said that about 90% of the players have been vaccinated.
“No. I expect it not to be an issue. It’s on Kyrie and that’s his personal decision. I expect us to have our whole team,” Nets forward Kevin Durant said.
Nets start the regular season on the road against the Milwaukee Bucks Oct. 19 and take on the Philadelphia 76ers on Oct. 22. Brooklyn’s home opener is Oct. 24 against the Charlotte Hornets.
“There are so many other players outside of him who are opting out, I would like to think they would make a way,” Irving’s aunt, Tyki Irving told Rolling Stone magazine. “It could be like every third game. So it still gives you a full season of being interactive and being on the court, but with the limitations that they’re, of course, oppressing upon you. There can be some sort of formula where the NBA and the players can come to some sort of agreement.”
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Kyrie Irving misses Nets’ media day due to NYC vaccination protocols
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