On Sunday, Brooklyn Nets superstar point guard Kyrie Irving said his decision not to get COVID-19 vaccination because it is his freedom of choice.
“I don’t think that’s a word that gets defined enough in our society, about the freedom to make choices with your life without someone telling you what the f— to do and whether that carries over to nuances of our society that politicians control, the government controls, or things people who are in power — the powers that may be, right? — control,” Irving told reporters.
“I’m standing for freedom, so that’s in all facets of my life. There’s nobody that’s enslaving me. I don’t want anyone telling me what to do with my life, and that’s just the way I am, and if I get tarnished in terms of my image and people slandering my name continually because those aren’t things that I forget,” Irving added.
Earlier, Irving expressed relief and joy after New York City Mayor released an order allowing professional athletes and performers exceptions from the COVID-19 vaccination mandate.
“Yes, yes, yes,” he said.
“Please take my comment seriously when I say I’ve been pinching myself since Wednesday and Thursday because there was a time where I got my hopes really, really high, and all the air was just let out,” he added.
The recent order or Adams allows Irving to finally play in home days, although he is not yet vaccinated against COVID.
“It’s just a level of disappointment, and I didn’t want to get too excited. And still, I’m trying to focus on this game. But I know [Sunday] will eventually come, and I’m looking forward to the opportunity to be playing back in Brooklyn,” he said.