BROOKLYN (Oct. 12, 2021) – The following statement has been released by General Manager Sean Marks:
“Given the evolving nature of the situation and after thorough deliberation, we have decided Kyrie Irving will not play or practice with the team until he is eligible to be a full participant. Kyrie has made a personal choice, and we respect his individual right to choose. Currently the choice restricts his ability to be a full-time member of the team, and we will not permit any member of our team to participate with part-time availability. It is imperative that we continue to build chemistry as a team and remain true to our long-established values of togetherness and sacrifice. Our championship goals for the season have not changed, and to achieve these goals each member of our organization must pull in the same direction. We are excited for the start of the season and look forward to a successful campaign that will make the borough of Brooklyn proud.”
While the vaccine is not required by the NBA, players must comply with local mandates and under New York City’s guidelines Irving would not be allowed to play until he receives his first vaccine shot against COVID-19.
Irving remains one of the few NBA players unvaccinated, but he is certainly the highest profile player to not receive the shot.