Brooklyn Nets general manager Sean Marks has announced that star guard Kyrie Irving will stay away from the team until he decides to get vaccinated. Every Nets players except Irving has been vaccinated and it left the team without choice but to send their star guard home.
The New York City's COVID-19 vaccine mandate says that only vaccinated people can attend indoor events. The Nets could have played Irving at away games but ultimately they decided that having their star guard part time would not benefit the team.
"Ultimately, yes," Marks said during a hastily scheduled virtual news conference Tuesday afternoon discussing the team's decision. "He has a choice to make, and he made his choice.
Marks felt sending Irving home would be the best thing to do in this certain situation.
"Again, my job here is to make what we deem as the best decision and best choices for the organization moving ahead as a whole. They're not always ones that are going to be met with open arms and a thumbs-up. These are hard decisions.
Just like I'm sure it wasn't easy for Kyrie either to have to make that [decision] to not be around his teammates." The Nets took their time before making the decision on Irving "I think we had everything on the board," Marks said.
"We looked at everything. When you make a decision like this, it's one that you don't want to do hastily. Again, involve all the parties, think about all the different outcomes, I think we all know what our objective is this year and how this, a decision like this, may be able to [impact] that ultimate objective.
They are never easy decisions, but at the end of the day, I think we are looking at putting a group of people that are going to be able to participate fully and that is what this comes down to. And we're not looking for partners that are going to be half time.
"I don't think that would be fair to not only the team and staff and ownership and fans, but to be quite frank, not fair on Kyrie either when you are putting somebody out there that potentially can't get the right ramp-ups and right buildups and so forth and look as good as he or the team should under a different set of circumstances. That is why this decision was ultimately made."