The Public Defense of Kyrie Irving by Jay Williams started with Stephen A. Smith calling him “full of him” and only got worse from there.
The ESPN analyst said on Instagram that after appearing on “First Take” this week – with his using his Twitter account to show his support for the unvaccinated Nets star – internet trolls wished him death.
He was told to “go hit a pole, go die again,” said Williams, a reference to the 2003 motorcycle crash that nearly killed him and ended his basketball career.
Williams, who said he himself was vaccinated against COVID-19, defended Irving’s position as a personal decision; a decision that kept him away from the Nets, which will not allow him to be a part-time player. According to New York City guidelines, he cannot play at home at the Barclays Center unless he is vaccinated.Appearing on ESPN on Wednesday, Williams was Irving’s defender in a debate with Smith, who called Irving’s position “one of the dumbest nonsense I’ve ever seen.” Smith has been strongly pro-vaccine on the network.
Williams’ point boiled down to Irving having the right to do with his body whatever he wants – a point that is undermined by the fact that what Irving does with his body during the coronavirus pandemic is also affecting people. people around him.
After Irving, who cited the number of people losing their jobs because of immunization warrants, gave his reasoning on Instagram, Williams wrote, “I support you @KyrieIrving,” with a few cheering emoji.Williams is now feeling the backlash too.
“Thank goodness I’ve been there [near-death] experience, because I don’t need other people to justify the way I think about myself, ”said Williams.