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Protesters Supporting Kyrie Irving’s Vaccine Stance Swarm Barclays Center Before NetsHome Opener

Protesters Supporting Kyrie Irving's Vaccine Stance Swarm Barclays Center Before Nets' Home Opener

Chaos erupted outside of Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Sunday as hundreds of protesters gathered in support of Nets point guard Kyrie Irving, who has refused to get vaccinated for COVID-19.

Protesters congregated outside the Netsarena shortly before the teamshome opener against the Charlotte Hornets tipped off at 4 p.m. ora locale, secondo Newsday e ESPN. Some held signs that readStand with Kyrie,” while chantingNo vaccine mandate, stand with Kyrie,” ESPN reports.

A un certo punto, Newsday reported, a group of protesters breached barricades and reached the arena’s front entrance. Video of the scene shows individuals waving flags and yellingLet Kyrie play.

Per l'outlet, the building briefly went into lockdown, with some fans temporarily unable to get inside. Footage from inside Barclays Center shared on Twitter appears to show protesters attempting to get through the arena’s doors.

Ad ottobre. 12, the Nets announced Irving would not be allowed to join the team for practice or games until he is fully vaccinated against COVID-19. New York, where the Nets are based, currently requires anyone over the age of 12 entering acovered premisesin the city to prove they have received the coronavirus vaccine.

Protesters rallying against COVID-19 vaccination mandates and in support of basketball player Kyrie Irving gather in the street outside the Barclays Center before an NBA basketball game between the Brooklyn Nets and the Charlotte Hornets, in New York Virus Outbreak NYC Vaccine Mandate, New York, stati Uniti - 24 ottobre 2021

Protesters rallying against COVID-19 vaccination mandates and in support of basketball player Kyrie Irving gather in the street outside the Barclays Center before an NBA basketball game between the Brooklyn Nets and the Charlotte Hornets, in New York Virus Outbreak NYC Vaccine Mandate, New York, stati Uniti – 24 ottobre 2021
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Il giorno successivo, Irving responded on Instagram Live, where he spoke about his “libertà” che circonda il vaccino contro il COVID. The point guard suggested he had beenpromised that you have exemptions or that you didn’t have to be forced to get the vaccineahead of the 2021-22 stagione.

This wasn’t something that I foresaw coming where I prepared for it and had a chance to strategize on what was going to be best for me and my family,” he said in the video. “Ho scelto di non essere vaccinato. E questa è stata la mia scelta. E vorrei chiedere a tutti voi di rispettare quella scelta.”

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Kyrie Irving #11 of the Brooklyn Nets looks on during Round 2, Gioco 4 del 2021 NBA Playoffs on June 13 2021 at the Fiserv Forum Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Kyrie Irving #11 of the Brooklyn Nets looks on during Round 2, Gioco 4 del 2021 NBA Playoffs on June 13 2021 at the Fiserv Forum Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Credito: Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty

Ha aggiunto: “I’m staying grounded in what I believe in. It’s not about being anti-vax or about being on one side or the other. It’s about being true to what feels good for me. I’m still uncertain about a lot of things. And that’s OK. If I’m going to be demonized about having more questions and taking my time to make a decision with my life, then that’s just what it is.

Last Tuesday, NBA commissioner Adam Silver urged Irving to get vaccinated against COVID-19 during an appearance on Inside the NBA su TNT.

I’d tell him to get vaccinated, innanzitutto, for himself and his family,” said Silver, 59. “Prossimo, for his teammates and his community, and also for the league that I know he cares so much about.

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