by remaining unvaccinated with Covid-19, Kyrie Irving refuses a contract of more than 100 million dollars

Kyrie Irving is always the center of attention. During the traditional NBA pre-season day devoted to the media, Monday September 27, the star of the Brooklyn Nets claimed to have refused a four-year extension, before the 2020-2021 season, because of his decision not to stand. get vaccinated against Covid-19.

« I gave up another four years, for 100 and a few million by maintaining my decision not to get vaccinated.did he declare. To sign such a contract, to get vaccinated or not to get vaccinated…there is a level of uncertainty about your future (…) so I had to face this possibility of losing my job for this decision. »

Last season, Kyrie Irving was forced to miss home matches, until the end of March 2022, because the health protocol in force until then in New York prohibited non-vaccinated people from entering a gym. Previously, he had also been temporarily removed from his team since he was not eligible for all meetings.

The 30-year-old added that he received a « ultimatum » to get vaccinated, if he wanted his contract extended. « We were supposed to have it all sorted out before training camp last season. And it just didn’t happen, because of my refusal. I just had to live with it. It was a tough pill to swallow »he insisted.

This version of a « ultimatum » imposed on the player was refuted by Nets general manager Sean Marks: « It’s just about wanting people who are reliable, present and responsible. All of us, the staff, the players, the coaches. It’s not about giving someone an ultimatum to get vaccinated. « he assured.

At the end of June, Kyrie Irving finally exercised the option to stay one more season with the Nets, until June 2023, which guarantees him a salary of 37 million dollars.

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