Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving stepped up to speak out in the wake of New York City officially announcing the end of its various COVID vaccine mandates targeting all private-sector employees this past Tuesday, labeling the mandates as one of “the biggest violations of human rights in history.”
Irving issued these comments in a now-viral social media post on Tuesday in the wake of the announcement made by New York City Democratic Mayor Eric Adams.
“If I can work and be unvaccinated, then all of my brothers and sisters who are also unvaccinated should be able to do the same, without being discriminated against, vilified, or fired,” stated Irving.
If I can work and be unvaccinated, then all of my brothers and sisters who are also unvaccinated should be able to do the same, without being discriminated against, vilified, or fired. ♾🤞🏾
This enforced Vaccine/Pandemic is one the biggest violations of HUMAN RIGHTS in history.
— A11Even (@KyrieIrving) September 20, 2022
“This enforced Vaccine/Pandemic is one the biggest violations of HUMAN RIGHTS in history,” he expressed.
Adams stated on Tuesday that “the additional flexibility we are announcing for private employers, students, and parents puts the choice back into each of their hands.”
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— NYC Mayor's Office (@NYCMayorsOffice) September 20, 2022
Anne Williams-Isom, the deputy mayor for health and human services for New York City, highlighted the details that included a removal of the vaccine mandates targeting children taking part in extracurricular activities and sports.
“While we continue to adapt to the virus with these changes to vaccine mandates for private-sector employees and students participating in sports and extracurricular activities, we must continue doing our part to protect ourselves and our loved ones,” she stated as part of the release.
The comments from Irving go further to take on additional meanings in the wake of his extreme opposition to the vaccine mandate from the city that ended up leading to him being barred from play for the majority of the previous season after choosing to not go along with the mandates. After a short return to the away games back in January, he was benched until the city chose to finally cut the new rules for indoor events back in March.
After being blocked from playing in over 70 games due to the city’s mandate, Irving finally came back to the court to the raucous cheers of his fans at Barclays Center.
“I made it very clear it was never just about me,” stated Irving, despite the fact that his team ended up losing the game. “I think for my own legacy, that’s to be written by all those that I impact and all those that impact me, and it’s far bigger than just a basketball game. But when I’m in this locker room, I get a chance to perform with a bunch of guys that are selfless and are sacrificing just as much as I am. It makes it worthwhile.”
Kyrie Irving received loud cheers from fans at Barclays Center during introductions. Irving is playing in his first home game for the Brooklyn Nets since Game 2 versus the Milwaukee Bucks in the Eastern Conference Semifinals on June 7, 2021. He waved to the crowd before tip off. pic.twitter.com/ZVav5KTsXn
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