The first signs the NBA could have a vaccine problem on their hands came after one of the league’s biggest stars, Kyrie Irving of the Brooklyn Nets, missed her team’s media day.
Irving’s exact immunization status is not confirmed, but according to Rolling Stone he liked social media posts suggesting obscure cabals “are planting vaccines in a plot to connect black people to a master computer to” a plan of Satan ”. that anyone entering a sports arena or other “indoor gyms and fitness facilities” must show proof of at least one Covid-19 shot.
Nets general manager Sean Marks said last week that some of the Brooklyn players were still unvaccinated, but he expects the team to fully comply with Covid-19 protocols when the season begins. will start next month.
Irving’s teammate Kevin Durant was in attendance on Monday’s media day and said he was not concerned about the point guard’s status. “I expect that will not be a problem. It’s on Kyrie and it’s his personal decision. I expect we will have our whole team, ”Durant told reporters.
The NBA says 90% of its players are fully vaccinated, a higher rate than the American population as a whole. However, according to Rolling Stone, a number of players still refuse the vaccine for religious reasons or because of a belief in debunked conspiracy theories.
The NBA does not ban unvaccinated athletes from playing, but they are subject to more stringent protocols. Local laws – like in New York and San Francisco – prohibit unvaccinated people from participating in large indoor gatherings, meaning athletes who haven’t had a vaccine can be stranded during games.