The vaccine controversy involving Kyrie Irving is proving to have always been about the politics rather than the science. Or every straw man set up by the media to attack Irving for resisting New York City’s mandatory vaccine laws.
While Stephen A. howls over Kyrie’s “flat earth” doctrine, people like head coach of the Brooklyn Nets, Steve Nash, can’t wait for the city’s mandate to be lifted to welcome back his player.
Nash spoke with the media on Wednesday. The coach addressed the ongoing Kyrie drama and said that with New York City’s mayor-elect, Eric Adams, revisiting Bill de Blasio’s Key to NYC vaccine passport, the guard could be on his way back, should the ruling change.
“I might be speaking out of turn, but I think if the mandate changes, he’d be welcomed back for sure,” Nash admitted.
Though Kyrie will still be required to sit out games within cities using a vaccine mandate — including Los Angeles and San Francisco — the change in NY policy could bring Kyrie back for the large majority of 45 games remaining after Adams is sworn in (Jan. 1).
“We need to revisit how we are going to address the vaccine mandates,” Adams commented, during an MSNBC interview.
Adams has coordinated his campaign to be seen as a more moderate Dem, hinting that the vaccine rule could be the first radical idea from de Blasio to get booted.
Kyrie continues to be prohibited from all team-related activities — a rule put in place by team governor Joe Tsai and general manager Sean Marks early October. Initially, the player was slated to sit out home games at Barclays Center, until the brass took a stern stance against Kyrie’s personal choice and kept him entirely away from the Nets — which is still costing him tens of millions of dollars.
The Nets are 5-3 through eight games without their shooting guard.
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