Multiple sources with direct knowledge of Irving’s decision have told The Athletic that Irving is not anti-vaccine and that his stance is that he is upset that people are losing their jobs due to vaccine mandates. It’s a stance that Irving has explained to close teammates. To him, this is about a grander fight than the one on the court and Irving is challenging a perceived control of society and people’s livelihood, according to sources with knowledge of Irving’s mindset. It is a decision that he believes he is capable to make given his current life dynamics. “Kyrie wants to be a voice for the voiceless,” one source said.
People who make this kind of decision are ignoring well verified facts about this virus and the vaccine to combat it. Those being:
However, the nation’s top doctors and scientists have cleared the vaccine as safe and effective. The Center for Disease Control (CDC), American Medical Association (AMA) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) state clearly that COVID-19 vaccines are effective at helping protect against severe disease and death, including from variants of the virus, while also being safe. In fact, multiple studies showed that 99 percent of people who are in intensive care units in hospitals are unvaccinated. Sources say 96 percent of NBA players are currently vaccinated. More than 3.75 billion people worldwide have received a vaccine dose. To be clear, Irving’s stance is not believed to be anti-science, according to sources.
So, the man is literally willing to be a host for this virus, thus putting his own life, not to mention the lives of many others including teammates and loved ones at risk, to protest people losing jobs because they chose to put themselves and others including coworkers and loved ones at risk? Either Irving is full of shit or he’s just a complete dipshit at this point. There’s really no other explanation for this.
In the process, he’s putting his team, his fraternal brothers, at a disadvantage because of his selfishness. So much of what this dude does defies logic, but this takes the cake.