NBA Player Kyrie Irving Says He Feels ‘No Guilt’ Over Not Getting Vaxxed

Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving says he feels no guilt” over his decision to not get vaccinated.

QUICK FACTS:
  • Despite the vaccine mandates in New York City that are preventing Irving from being able to play home games, he said he does not feel bad about standing his ground over the situation, Newsmax reported.
  • “There’s no guilt that I feel, I’m the only player that has to deal with this in New York City because I play there. If I was anywhere else in another city then it probably wouldn’t be the same circumstances,” Irving told reporters. “But because I’m there, we have Eric Adams, we have the New York mandate, we have things going on that are real-life circumstances that are not just affecting me, bro. So you ask me these questions, I don’t feel guilt.”
  • As a vegan, The New York Post reported Irving might be more open to a plant-based vaccine in the works by a Canadian biotech company going through clinical trials and a possible upcoming approval in Japan.
IRVING ON HIS STANCE OVER NOT GETTING THE VACCINE:

“That’s my decision already, and I’m standing on it.”

BACKGROUND:
  • Irving has not given a direct reason for his decision to not be vaccinated, but announced in October that it “is not about being anti-vax or about being on one side or the other. It is just really about being true to what feels good for me.”
  • Over the past few months, he has been on the receiving end of heavy criticism from those who believe he should simply take the vaccine and get back to playing home games.
  • “And just as he has every right to not want to be vaccinated because he’s speaking for the voiceless and he has an agenda here, the Nets also have an agenda and that’s winning a championship,” NBA Hall of Famer Reggie Miller said. “And they have every right — which I 100% agree with — you cannot be a part-time employee and reap the benefits.”