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NBA star Kyrie Irving torpedoes NYC Mayor Eric Adams’ ongoing COVID vaccine mandates – RedState

Brooklyn Nets superstar Kyrie Irving took to Twitter Tuesday to criticize COVID vaccine mandates that cost him nearly a third of his season last year, with reports that $11.4 million—as he refused to take the jab despite intense public pressure and ridicule. New York City Mayor Eric Adams on Tuesday lifted the vaccination mandate for private employers, but not for city workers, who are still required to get the shot. (On Sunday I told you the incredible story of how the Big Apple just fired over 850 teachers for not getting vaccinated. This despite a teacher shortage. Absolutely ridiculous.)

Irving came out swinging:

One of the things that has angered so many people during the pandemic is the often contradictory and meaningless edicts issued by our authorities, whether it’s Michigan’s order to auction the purchase of seeds (huh?), or the California order of near the beaches. (How stupid is that in hindsight?)

Irving was not allowed to play home games in New York City due to a vaccination mandate, but other players in the league were allowed to play during the season because their states did not have such enforcement measures. In other words, Irving lost 29 games and more than $11 million simply because he had signed with the Nets and not with another team.

The absurdity is off the charts; Irving must have thought he had woken up in a Monty Python movie. (I’m probably too young to know who they are, but you get the point.)

Now that Irving is allowed onto the court at Barclays Center, he’s not forgetting about those left behind. He wrote in the previous tweet:

If I can work and not be vaccinated, then all my brothers and sisters who are also not vaccinated should be able to do the same, without being discriminated against, vilified or fired. ♾🤞🏾

But then he really jumps in, declaring that the pandemic mandates were an abuse of human rights:

This forced Vaccine/Pandemic is one of the biggest violations of HUMAN RIGHTS in history.

Although Irving suffered greatly from his decision to forego mRNA injections authorized for emergency use, he has always maintained that it is not “against the vaccine“; he just feels that people should be able to make their own decisions without being forced to.” ESPN gasbag Stephen A. Smith was among Irving’s the harshest criticssaying in October 2021 that Irving’s stance was “some of the stupidest nonsense I’ve ever seen”.

Irving is not universally loved and probably has as many detractors as fans. Fellow iconoclastic NFL quarterback Aaron Rodgers is also highly critical of the excessive COVID mandate, as I wrote about last week. They, along with Novak Djokovic, have stood up to mandates at great personal cost. Many feel that Irving is a crackpot because he has spoken of the the earth is flat in the past and has a reputation for being a difficult player. He decided to leave the Cleveland Cavaliers after winning a championship because he didn’t like being in the shadow of LeBron James; He went to the Boston Celtics, but his welcome there quickly wore out, and then he went to Brooklyn, where he has become embroiled in this vaccine controversy.

Featured Vaccine Critic and Substack Author Alex Berenson reacted positively:

My opinion is very similar to what I wrote when covering Aaron Rodgers, who recently said that California is “going to shit” due to harsh COVID policies. Both Irving and Rodgers are a little weird and both have made mistakes in the past. The reason I’m rooting for them is that, despite their flaws, they’re speaking their minds at a time when so many people are hiding in the shadows, terrified of saying the wrong thing, afraid they might be “canceled.” Maybe it takes someone a little quirky to break away from the pack of sheep and say, “Look, folks, the emperor doesn’t really wear any clothes.”


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