Yahoo Sports reports:
First things first, there aren’t any microchips in any of the COVID-19 vaccines. This absurd theory has been debunked countless times already, and just doesn’t make sense. This, however, hasn’t stopped that theory from spreading throughout NBA locker rooms.
According to Rolling Stone, Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving — who has a past filled with conspiracy theories — has reportedly been liking social media posts regarding “secret societies” that are “implanting vaccines in a plot to connect Black people to a master computer for ‘a plan of Satan.’”
This false theory has spread to several different locker rooms and group chats, more than a dozen current players, executives and others said.
New York City’s indoor Covid vaccine mandate kept Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving from attending his team’s media day and it will also bar him from playing in home games this season, unless he quickly alters his anti-vax stance.
Irving has been actively engaging with absurd conspiracy theories surrounding the jab on social media. Restricted from attending in person, Irving joined Nets Media Day via Zoom and was promptly asked about his vaccine status.
“Honestly I like to keep that stuff private. I’m a human being first,” Irving said. “I would love to just keep that private and handle it the right way with my team and go forward with the plan.”
— New York Post (@nypost) September 26, 2021
Kyrie Irving could reportedly miss home games because of vaccine status. https://t.co/Wo41tdYNd2
— Complex Sports (@ComplexSports) September 26, 2021
Kyrie Irving is not expected to attend Nets media day today due to New York City health and safety protocols but the Nets fully expect Irving to accompany the team to training camp in San Diego, sources tell @WindhorstESPN and I.
— Zach Lowe (@ZachLowe_NBA) September 27, 2021
Kyrie Irving believes the earth is flat. Really not much more you can say to convince someone like that https://t.co/8FnDQnDAlB
— 𝐄𝐱𝐚𝐯𝐢𝐞𝐫 𝐏𝐨𝐩𝐞 (@exavierpope) September 26, 2021