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Anti-Vax NBA Star Says He Has No Plans To Retire

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 …

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NBA Star Banned From Playing Until He Gets Vaxxed

ESPN reports: Kyrie Irving will not play or practice with the Brooklyn Nets until he is eligible to become a full participant under local COVID-19 vaccination requirements, general manager Sean Marks said Tuesday. “Kyrie has made a personal choice, and we respect his individual right to choose. Currently the choice restricts his ability to be a full-time member of the …

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Feds Charge 18 Ex-NBA Players With Insurance Scam

NBC News reports: Eighteen former NBA players were charged with attempting to defraud the NBA’s Health and Welfare Benefit Plan of nearly $4 million, officials said Thursday. “The defendants’ playbook involved fraud and deception,” U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss told reporters. “They will have to answer for their flagrant violations of law.” Strauss called Terrence Williams, a 34-year-old Seattle native who …

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Vaxxed NBA Star Urges Anti-Vaxxers To “Keep Fighting”

“I feel like my only option was to get vaccinated or not play in the NBA. It feels good to play, but getting vaccinated, that’s going to be something that stays in my mind for a long time. “It’s not something I wanted to do, but – I was kind of forced. I guess you don’t own your body. That’s …

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Set To Lose Millions, NBA Star Finally Gets Vaccinated

NBC News reports: Andrew Wiggins, the Golden State Warriors forward who balked being vaccinated against the coronavirus, has been vaccinated, the team’s coach said Sunday. “He just told me today that he was fine with us acknowledging it, and that will be the end of it,” coach Steve Kerr told reporters. Wiggins, who had sought a religious exemption from San …

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NBA: No Pay For Unvaxxed Players Who Miss Games

The sports site Yardbarker reports: NBA players may not be able to play in certain games this season if they choose not to get the COVID-19 vaccine. According to the league, players who are unable to play due to vaccination status will not receive their game checks. Many have been wondering what will happen in New York City and San …

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Anti-Vax NBA Star May Be Barred From Home Games

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 …

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NY Knicks: Playoffs Fans Must Provide Proof Of Vax

The New York Daily News reports: If the Knicks advance, the Garden is going fully vaxxed. The club announced it will only sell tickets in the second round of the playoffs to vaccinated individuals, opening up the possibility of something at least close to a capacity crowd. In the first round against the Hawks, roughly 10% of the crowd has …

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NBA Praises Chauvin Verdict: Justice Has Been Served

“George Floyd’s murder was a flash point for how we look at race and justice inner county, and we are pleased that justice appears to have been served. But we also recognize that there is much work to be done and the National Basketball Association and the National Basketball Players Association, together with our newly-formed Social Justice Coalition, will redouble …

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NBA Team Employees Identify Alleged Capitol Rioter

Law & Crime reports: Federal authorities investigating individuals involved in the Jan. 6 riots at the U.S. Capitol received an assist from an unlikely source this week, with employees of the NBA’s Oklahoma City Thunder helping investigators identify a woman accused of entering the Capitol Complex unlawfully. Danielle Nicole Doyle — who was previously employed by the Thunder — this …

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NBA Overrules: All Teams Must Play National Anthem

NPR reports: The NBA says every team – including the Dallas Mavericks – must play the national anthem in their arenas, after news emerged that team owner Mark Cuban had ordered the Mavericks to discontinue the long-held practice. “With NBA teams now in the process of welcoming fans back into their arenas, all teams will play the national anthem in …

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NBA Team To Use COVID-Sniffing Dogs To Screen Fans

CBS News reports: The Miami Heat are bringing back some fans, with help from some dogs. The Heat will use coronavirus-sniffing dogs at American Airlines Arena to screen fans who want to attend their games. They’ve been working on the plan for months, and the highly trained dogs have been in place for some games this season where the team …

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NBA To Turn Arenas Into In-Person Voting Centers

The NBA has issued a three-point plan: 1. The NBA and its players have agreed to immediately establish a social justice coalition, with representatives from players, coaches and governors, that will be focused on a broad range of issues, including increasing access to voting, promoting civic engagement, and advocating for meaningful police and criminal justice reform. 2. In every city …

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NBA To Resume Playoffs, Trump Mocks “Bad Ratings”

ESPN reports: NBA players have decided to resume the playoffs, a source tells ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Thursday’s three playoff games are postponed, the league announced. Demanding societal change and ending racial injustice has been a major part of the NBA’s restart at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. The phrase “Black Lives Matter” is painted on the arena courts, …

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NBA Team Boycotts Playoff Game Over Police Brutality

The Washington Post reports: Days after the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wis., the Milwaukee Bucks did not take the court as scheduled for Game 5 of their first-round playoff series with the Orlando Magic on Wednesday. Bucks guard George Hill was among multiple NBA players to question whether games should continue in light of ongoing social justice …

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Trump: Some NBA Players Are “Very Nasty, Very Dumb”

Fox Sports reports: In an interview on Fox Sports Radio Tuesday, the president was asked by host Clay Travis whether he believes it’s hypocritical for NBA players to attack him and protest during the national anthem while keeping silent on human rights violations in China — a nation with which the league does big business. “I haven’t noticed them sending …

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NBA Team Kneels Despite GOP Rep’s Threat To Pull Tax Breaks: It’s A “Marxist Destruction Of Nuclear Families”

Yahoo Sports reports: Oklahoma City Thunder players did not heed a lawmaker’s threat about kneeling during the national anthem. All the Thunder players knelt on Saturday alongside Utah Jazz players during their NBA bubble debut. The social justice protest arrived a day after an Oklahoma state lawmaker attempted to pressure Thunder players to his will. Rep. Sean Roberts (R-Hominy) issued …

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NBA Votes To Finish Season At Walt Disney World

ESPN reports: The NBA is going to Disney World. The NBA board of governors voted Thursday to approve a 22-team format to restart the 2019-20 season in Orlando, Florida, the league announced. Sources told ESPN that the vote was 29-1, with the Portland Trail Blazers voting against the proposal. Under the plan, 13 Western Conference teams and nine Eastern Conference …

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Gay Ex-NBA Player Jason Collins Reports Positive Test

Metro Weekly reports: Former NBA star Jason Collins, the first openly gay professional basketball player in the United States, has tested positive for COVID-19. The 41-year-old former center believes he contracted the virus earlier this month during a trip to New York City for the Brooklyn Nets’ pride night game on March 4. Seven days later, Collins developed a “terrible …

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NBA Suspends Season After Player Tests Positive

The New York Times reports: The N.B.A. will suspend its season after a Utah Jazz player was found to have tested positive for the coronavirus, the league announced on Wednesday. The league said the suspension would take effect after the completion of Wednesday’s schedule. BREAKING: NBA suspends season until further notice. #COVIDー19 pic.twitter.com/wuqVfchpLF — David Begnaud (@DavidBegnaud) March 12, 2020 …

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