Kyrie Irving is a professional basketball player for the Boston Celtics. He has been outspoken about his beliefs that vaccines are unsafe and unneeded, which has led to many health organizations urging him to reconsider.
Kyrie Irving has a reputation for having odd views.
The Nets superstar has been at the heart of many crazy debates and ideas about the universe, from his “flat earth” lectures to his media boycott episode.
He’s at it again, it seems.
According to a report by Rolling Stone, the multiple-time All-Star has been expressing support for some dubious ideas about the COVIC-19 vaccination.
Irving’s spokesperson refused to answer a series of questions about his immunization and playing condition, and Irving did not reply to a message from Rolling Stone right away. However, league insiders tell RS that fifty to sixty NBA players have yet to get a single vaccination shot when clubs return to pre-season training camps next week. The majority are regarded as hesitant doubters. Some of the dissenters, on the other hand, are a shadowy group of anti-vaxxers fighting Covid procedures — and the truth — behind the scenes.
Irving, who is a vice president on the players’ union’s executive committee, recently began following and like Instagram posts from a conspiracy theorist who believes that “hidden organizations” are implanting vaccinations in a scheme to link Black people to a master computer for “a Satanic purpose.” According to many of the dozen-plus current players, Hall-of-Famers, league officials, stadium employees, and virologists contacted for this article over the last week, the Moderna microchip disinformation campaign has spread throughout several NBA locker rooms and group chats.
As the start of the new season approaches, the NBA continues to scrutinize its COVID-19 procedures.
While the majority of eligible players have already received the vaccine, Kyrie is one of a few notable players who has refused to be protected against the virus.
League executives got a reprieve last month when two of America’s most progressive cities, New York and San Francisco, proposed requiring pro players to produce evidence of one Covid-19 vaccine shot in order to play inside, unless they had a medical or religious exemption. As a result, one of the NBA’s greatest players, who is renowned for being susceptible to conspiracy theories, would be under a lot of pressure to get a shot. And if Brooklyn Nets superstar Kyrie Irving can be persuaded to receive the vaccination, maybe, just maybe, the whole league might form a new type of bubble.
Several individuals acquainted with Irving’s views refused to respond explicitly when questioned about his vaccination status — or his intentions to alter it. However, one family member and confidant suggested to Rolling Stone that anti-vaxx players boycott home games to avoid the New York City law… or at the very least threaten to protest them until the NBA changes its methods.
Needless to say, the league is becoming more heated as the continuing fight over COVID-19 and the vaccine plays out behind the scenes.
It’s impossible to say when or how this will end.