“I have given up a four-year contract and several million dollars for not getting the vaccine. And that was my decision."
So clearly it was shown Kyrie Irving in his first statements at the Brooklyn Nets Media Day.
Irving assures that there is a sports future conditioned to the vaccine, as he himself recognized, but also to not following the regulations dictated by the New York Government and his team last year.
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He was able to play away from home, he was able to play more than half of his games, but the board decided to remove him from the discipline to avoid further distractions.
"Once the city and state vaccination mandates came in, we knew how playing his home games would affect Irving...that's when our renewal negotiations stalled."
Irving eventually took his player option to continue in Brooklyn through 2023 at the latest.
But his circle has tried his exit, especially to the Lakers where he has sounded more strongly.
Then the negotiations failed, or he did not have enough interested teams, so he opted to extend his adventure in Brooklyn for another year.