The day after being suspended from Brooklyn, Kyrie on Instagram talks about her decision: “I have to be true to myself, do what I think is right”
Without filters. Kyrie Irving chooses Instagram Live to make his voice heard, the day after he was suspended from Brooklyn because his unvaccinated status prevents him from playing home games with the Nets. “My choice is not a political issue, it is not about the NBA or any team. It’s only about my life, and what I decide to do – attacks the 29-year-old point guard -. And no, I’m not going to retire or leave the NBA. I still have a lot of work to do ”.
“I have to use my voice to tell my truth – explains Irving in the live broadcast -. Nobody can hijack my voice. Do not think that he wants to stop due to a vaccination obligation. Don’t believe what people say about me if it doesn’t come from me. In the real world, I see people who lose their jobs because of these obligations, who have to make difficult choices that I respect. What would you do if you did not feel comfortable playing, because you were promised that you would have exemptions, that no one would force you to get vaccinated? My ideas weren’t a problem when the season started. It is not something I have prepared for. I started the season thinking that I could play basketball, that I could use my talent to continue influencing people in the right way. People talk about me with absolute conviction, certain of what I should do, of how my teammates should feel about me, of what my team should do. But I want to continue to stay fit, to be ready to play, to be part of this world. But the reality is that to play in New York, to be part of my team, I have to be vaccinated. I have chosen not to be, and I ask that everyone respect my choice ”.
It is on the freedom of choice that Irving bases his defense, which tells his truth and the reasons that risk leading him to lose 17 million of the 35 for which he is on the payroll in 2021-22, if he really should remain out for all home games of the Nets plus the two in Brooklyn at the Knicks home (he will be paid for those away from home instead). “Do you really think I want to lose money? Or who wants to give up my job, my dream of winning a title? Do you really think that I want to give up what we were building with my companions, that I want to give up my life because of an obligation, of a vaccine? Come on … But this is my life, and I can do what I want with it. And instead I am drawn into something much bigger than basketball, even if I am simply a player ”.
Kyrie closes: “Despite everything, I have decided to remain true to what I believe in. That’s it, actually. It is not about being no vax or believing in something or something else. It is about being consistent, continuing to believe that I am doing the best thing for myself. If I have to be demonized because I have more questions than others, or if it takes me longer than others to make a decision, then I accept it. And I accept the consequences of the decisions I make in my life ”. The consequence is that Kyrie is currently out of the Nets squad because he is not vaccinated. And instead of thinking about how to chase the title alongside Kevin Durant and James Harden, he must explain why he chose not to get vaccinated, to put his ideas ahead of those of the team. And he’ll probably also have to accept the fact that Brooklyn won’t offer him the nearly $ 190 million four-year renewal that GM Sean Marks said was pretty much a done deal. The reality of Irving is that he cannot play basketball now because he has chosen to remain true to what he believes is right for him. A belief that, however, contrasts with the NBA reality.
October 14, 2021 (change October 14, 2021 | 09:03)
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