Brooklyn Nets say point guard, Kyrie Irving prohibited from playing while unvaccinated

Brooklyn Nets say point guard, Kyrie Irving will not play for the team until he is eligible to become “a full participant” under New York City’s COVID-19 vaccine rules.

Irving is unvaccinated but regulations state that all athletes who play or practice in the city have to be vaccinated.

The 29-year-old can play in away matches but Brooklyn Nets’ General Manager, Sean Marks has ruled that out as an option.

Marks said: “We respect his individual right to choose. Currently the choice restricts his ability to be a full-time member of the team, and we will not permit any member of our team to participate with part-time availability.”

Irving is a seven-time All-Star who played in 54 regular-season games for the Nets last season.

The NBA said recently that any player who chooses not to comply with local vaccination mandates will not be paid for the games they miss.