Yahoo Sports reports:
Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving, currently embroiled in a standoff over his decision to not get vaccinated, took to Instagram Live on Wednesday to clarify he has no plans to retire.
In his first public comments on the vaccine since it emerged that he would miss Nets home games for refusing to get the shot, Irving spoke for more than 20 minutes, interrupted only when he appeared to accidentally mute himself and briefly halted his broadcast.
“Don’t believe that I’m retiring,” Irving said. “Don’t believe that I’m going to give up this game for a vaccine mandate or staying unvaccinated. Don’t believe any of that s***, man.”
The Hill reports:
“I’m standing with all those that believe what is right. Everybody is entitled to do what they feel is what’s best for themselves. Seeing the way this is dividing our world up, it’s sad to see. People are losing jobs to mandates,” Irving said on Instagram Live.
“What would you do if you felt uncomfortable going into the season when you were promised that you have exemptions or that you didn’t have to be forced to get the vaccine?” Irving asked.
“This wasn’t an issue before the season started,” he said. “This wasn’t something that I foresaw coming where I prepared for it and had a chance to strategize on what was going to be best for me and my family.”
“Don’t believe that I’m retiring,” Irving said. “Don’t believe that I’m going to give up this game for a vaccine mandate or staying unvaccinated. Don’t believe any of that s***, man.” https://t.co/7LwX3aCqhn
— Yahoo News (@YahooNews) October 14, 2021