Kyrie Irving defends his vax status: 'One of the biggest human rights violations'

2022-09-20 17:23

Kyrie Irving called the newly-removed vaccination mandate one of the biggest human rights violations in history and shared his own example.

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Kyrie Irving is famously unvaccinated against COVID-19. Due to this fact, the Brooklyn Nets guard was unable to play in some games during the 2021-22 NBA season.

Earlier today, New York City Mayor Eric Adams announced the end of the private employer vaccine mandate, meaning workers will not have to be vaccinated to work in the private sector. Additionally, children will also no longer need the vaccine to participate in sports or other after-school activities.

Having found out the news, Irving took to Twitter to react.

Kyrie Irving

Kyrie  Irving
Position: PG, SG
Age: 30
Height: 191 cm
Weight: 87 kg
Birth place: Melbourne, Australia

"If I can work and be unvaccinated, then all of my brothers and sisters who are also unvaccinated should be able to do the same, without being discriminated against, vilified, or fired," the player tweeted. "This enforced Vaccine/Pandemic is one [of] the biggest violations of human rights in history."

Irving picked up the player option of his contract with the Nets this summer and will earn $36.5 million during the upcoming season.

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