The Nets star guard appears to have responded to a video of Mayor Eric Adams getting his COVID-19 booster shot on live TV in today’s chapter of ‘stuff Kyrie Irving posts on Twitter.’
The Mayor’s participation was part of a push in New York City to promote COVID-19 booster shots, as he canceled the private employer vaccine mandate but left the obligation in effect for city workers.
Irving, the most visible of the NBA’s unvaccinated players and the only known unvaccinated NBA player in New York City, took to Twitter to defend the unvaccinated – and hence unemployed – employees who are suffering as a result of their refusal to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
“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 tweeted.
“This enforced Vaccine/Pandemic is one the biggest violations of HUMAN RIGHTS in history,” Irving added.
Irving, of course, took the most controversial stance in basketball last season when he refused to be vaccinated in a city with a vaccine mandate for professional athletes. The rule lifted for professional sports in March made him ineligible to play at Barclays Center.
The Nets also barred Irving from participating in road games or practicing at home until a league-wide COVID-19 outbreak forced three-quarters of the squad into the league’s health and safety regulations a third of the way through the season.
Irving’s post came just two days after President Joe Biden declared that the COVID-19 outbreak had ended.