Vaccine mandates are threatening the jobs — and freedom — of American employees. One surprising figure has emerged to push back against such tyranny.
Brooklyn Nets player Kyrie Irving has risked his career and future to take a stand against vaccine mandates, Breitbart reported. The star has been benched indefinitely for refusing the shot.
According to a piece in the Athletic, Irving is standing up for regular people who are forced into a difficult spot if they refuse the jab. “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,” the author, Shams Charania, explained.
“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,” the piece continued. “It’s a stance that Irving has explained to close teammates.”
Irving has continued to resist the jab despite the pressure being exerted on him by his team. The Brooklyn Nets General Manager Sean Marks has announced that Irving will not be allowed back with the team until he can prove he’s been vaccinated, according to a press release.
Statement from Brooklyn Nets GM Sean Marks on Kyrie Irving pic.twitter.com/Wc1DShB2Zv
— Vincent Goodwill (@VinceGoodwill) October 12, 2021
“Given the evolving nature of the situation and after thorough deliberation, we have decided Kyrie Irving will not play or practice with the team until he is eligible to be a full participant,” the press release said. “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 undeterred. “I am staying grounded in what I believe in. It is as simple as that. It is not about being anti-vax or about being on one side or the other. It is just really about being true to what feels good for me,” he told reporters last month.
“If I am going to be demonized for having more questions and taking my time to make a decision with my life, that is just what it is,” Irving said. “I know the consequences of the decisions that I make with my life. I am not here to sugarcoat any of that.”
Vaccine mandates are an affront to personal freedom, but it’s difficult for the average person to withstand that pressure. It’s encouraging to see someone like Irving, who has star power and a platform to speak out, doing just that.