Charles Barkley didn’t hesitate to talk about Kyrie Irving.
After the Brooklyn Nets’ 127-104 season opener loss to the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday night, Barkley was unhappy with Irving’s absence from the squad due to his decision to go unvaccinated.
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New York’s vaccination mandate does not allow Irving to play in home games. And since the Nets don’t want him as a part-time player, they’ve decided he won’t play in road games either.
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Tuesday night, Barkley addressed the Irving saga on “NBA on TNT”.
“First of all, you don’t get the vaccine for yourself. You get it for other people, ”Barkley said. “I got the vaccine and can’t wait to get the booster. You don’t get vaccinated just for yourself… You get vaccinated first for your family, then you get vaccinated for your teammates.
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“That’s what bothers me about all of this. I think everyone should get the shot, ”Barkley continued. “I’m really proud of the Nets for putting their foot down and saying we weren’t going to half take care of it. The only thing that bothers me is that he’s still going to make $ 17 million sitting at home. ”