According to ESPN, Kyrie Irving turned down a four-year extension before last season because of his decision not to be vaccinated against the COVID-19 pandemic.
Irving is still not vaccinated. His decision cost him to miss half of the Brooklyn Nets' home games due to a New York City vaccination mandate. Irving has sung the song of sadness and sympathy, claiming that his contract status with the Nets felt like an ultimatum for getting his vaccine. Boo hoo, honestly. Check out this self-aggrandizing quote.
"I gave up four years, 100-and-something million deciding to be unvaccinated and that was the decision. [Get this] contract, get vaccinated or be unvaccinated and there's a level of uncertainty of your future, whether you're going to be in this league, whether you're going to be on this team, so I had to deal with that real-life circumstance of losing my job for this decision."
"We were supposed to have all that figured out before training camp last year," Irving said. "And it just didn't happen because of the status of me being vaccinated, unvaccinated. So, I understood their point and I just had to live with it. It was a tough pill to swallow, honestly."
There is a selfish stance, to say the least. It's also just boneheaded. There is no other way to say it. We recently discussed Irving's propensity for believing false information and peddling unfettered garbage. We have to remember some basic stuff, apparently. Every single one of us had to provide vaccination proof to attend school. There is a reason polio, tuberculosis, tetanus, hepatitis, rubella, measles, and even chicken pox are things we no longer have to be afraid of. We are vaccinated against them. I'm in my late thirties and I had to deal with chicken pox the old-fashioned way—by getting it. Gen-Z by and large does not have this problem. That is called progress.
Anti-vaccine attitudes, particularly against the most deadly pandemic we have seen in a century, are regressive. I understand that our culture has eschewed intellectualism and education, which depresses me to no end, but we have to put our foot on the break of cultural regression.
Do Not Let Irving Sing This Song
"I understood all the Nets' points. And I respected it and I honored it, and I didn't appreciate how me being vaccinated, all of a sudden, came to be a stigma within my career that I don't want to play, or I'm willing to give up everything to be a voice for the voiceless. And which I will stand on here and say that, that wasn't the only intent that I had, was to be the voice of the voiceless, it was to stand on something that was going to be bigger than myself."
Irving is completely brainwashed into thinking he is a martyr of some kind. Irving choosing to be unvaccinated is a stigma on his career. It puts the people around him in danger and at risk. If he wants to be a voice for the voiceless, the only voiceless people on this subject are the people who died from COVID-19 before the vaccination was available. Every single person who refuses to be vaccinated has a voice. Irving's voice is the loudest, and the only thing he is telling us is that he is selfish and refuses to live in reality.