Kyrie Irving tears up Eric Adams’ latest vaccination mandate decision

Nets star Kyrie Irving, who missed nearly two-thirds of last season by refusing to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, tore New York’s recent vaccination mandate decision.

After New York Mayor Eric Adams announced Tuesday that he was ending the private employer’s vaccination mandate but keeping it for city workers, Irving took to social media to flag it a human rights violation of historic proportions.

“If I can work and am unvaccinated, then any of my brothers and sisters who are also unvaccinated should be able to do the same without being discriminated against, slandered or fired,” Irving wrote. “This forced vaccination/pandemic is one of the greatest violations of HUMAN RIGHTS in history.”

Some might suspect that’s a slight exaggeration, but New York’s COVID vaccine requirements have been arguably the strictest in the country. Irving’s staunch refusal to comply meant he was limited to just 29 games and just six home games at Barclays Center last regular season after the city relaxed rules on unvaccinated athletes and entertainers in March.

A City Hall official did not comment when asked by The Post about Irving’s criticism.

Nets guard Kyrie Irving during a playoff game against the Celtics on April 17, 2022.
Nets guard Kyrie Irving during a playoff game against the Celtics on April 17, 2022.
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Irving should be available for the upcoming season. That, plus Ben Simmons’ Nets debut and Joe Harris returning from surgery should give Brooklyn a healthier roster.

“That’s all that matters. That’s all that matters,” Irving said on Sunday on the Boyz Night Out podcast. “All the hypotheses that come when nobody’s sane and when you’re not 100%.”

Irving added that his vaccination stance is bigger than the games he’s missed.

“I played 29 games, I hardly played home games. It wasn’t a typical season that I would have wished for. But things happen,” Irving said. “I’ve had to be into a whole bunch of bigger things than just that.”

Mayor Eric Adams (R) receives a COVID booster shot at City Hall on September 20, 2022.
Mayor Eric Adams (R) receives a COVID booster shot at City Hall on September 20, 2022.
William Farington

Now, Irving will continue to stand by his belief that municipal workers should be free to choose not to be vaccinated, just as private sector workers are now.

“Our vaccinated workforce has kept the city open and running. With over 300,000 employees, it was critical to set it up and we’re keeping it going.” Adams said while getting his booster at City Hall. “Our vaccinated workers have performed their duties and reinforced when the city needed them most, and we believe it is imperative to send the right message and lead by example.”

Mayor Adams added that 89 percent of New Yorkers, including children, are vaccinated. As a result, immunization requirements for New York schoolchildren for sports and other higher-risk extracurricular activities will also be dropped. The city still encouraged vaccines and boosters.

Mayor Eric Adams received his COVID booster shot on September 20, 2022 from Health Commissioner Dr. Ashwin Vasan.
Mayor Eric Adams received his COVID booster shot on September 20, 2022 from Health Commissioner Dr. Ashwin Vasan.
William Farington

“The introduction was important and critical, and because we’ve been so successful, it’s time to move on to the next level of fortifying our city,” Adams said. “This puts the choice in the hands of New Yorkers. It is imperative that we ask them to continue encouraging their staff to get their vaccines and booster shots.”

When asked about the municipal mandate — which resulted in the firing of over 1,500 city employees — Adams said no end date was imminent.

Irving – who donated money from his own pocket to support WNBA players when the league shut down due to COVID-19 – had also said he plans to help community workers who have lost their jobs.

https://nypost.com/2022/09/20/kyrie-irving-rips-eric-adams-latest-vaccine-mandate-decision/ Kyrie Irving tears up Eric Adams’ latest vaccination mandate decision

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