Kyrie Irving: Vaccine mandates are 'one of the biggest violations of human rights in history'


Nets star Kyrie Irving's personal vaccine saga is over, but apparently that doesn't mean he's done railing against what he sees as unjust policies.

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Irving, who was limited to just 29 regular-season games last season due to New York City's vaccine requirement for athletes and entertainers, took to Twitter on Tuesday to stand in solidarity with all of his "brothers and sister who are also unvaccinated."

"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," Irving said.

The seven-time All-Star then said mandates are a "violation of human rights" of historic proportions.

"This enforced Vaccine/Pandemic is  one the biggest violations of HUMAN RIGHTS in history."

Irving was sidelined until March of last season, after then-new Mayor Eric Adams dropped the mandate for athletes and entertainers.

Entering the season, the Nets had decided they would not allow Irving to play in road games, where New York City's mandate would not apply.

Despite Irving's tweet seemingly suggest otherwise, the US has shifted away from most Covid mitigation efforts.

Vaccine and mask mandates have been dropped most everywhere, including the NBA, which scrapped its vaccine mandate this summer, though vaccine mandates were still in place for the US military, healthcare workers, and incoming travelers. Meanwhile, President Biden recently declared that the pandemic was "over."

On Tuesday, the CDC was reporting about 55,000 new Covid cases and 360 deaths on a daily basis, both of which marked decreases from August, though those figures could be undercounts given the trend away from precise reporting data.

All told, over 1 million Americans had died of Covid. According to a recent report from the Brookings Institution, more than 4 million people suffering from Long Covid have left the workforce.

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