Baltimore Sun

Nets: No Irving unless vaccinated


Kyrie Irving can keep refusing to get the COVID-19 vaccine. He just won’t play for the Nets until he does. The Nets announced Tuesday that Irving wouldn’t play or practice with them until he could be a full participan­t, ending the idea that he would play in only road games. The 29-year-old All-Star point guard hasn’t said he isn’t vaccinated, asking for privacy when he spoke via Zoom during the team’s media day on Sept. 27. But he had rarely been with the team in New York, where a mandate requires pro athletes playing for a team in the city have to be vaccinated against COVID-19 to play or practice in public venues. “Kyrie’s made it clear that he has a choice in this matter and it’s ultimately going to be up to him,” GM Sean Marks said. “We respect the fact that he has a choice, he can make his own and now what’s best for the organizati­on is the path that we’re taking.” Teams aren’t allowed to reveal private details of players’ health. But asked Tuesday if Irving was vaccinated, Marks said: “If he was vaccinated, we wouldn’t be having this discussion. I think that’s ... pretty clear.”

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