NBA commissioner Adam Silver: Kyrie Irving's vaccine drama is not NBA's issue



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NBA commissioner Adam Silver: Kyrie Irving's vaccine drama is not NBA's issue

NBA commissioner Adam Silver has made it clear that Kyrie Irving's vaccination status is not the league's issue. The New York City mandates that every individual who attends indoor events is vaccinated. Irving has refused to take the COVID-19 vaccine so the Brooklyn Nets sent him home until he decided to take the jab.

"I won't try to speak for [the NBPA], other than the view that some players had, I think -- including maybe some players who are vaccinated -- that it should be an individual choice among the players," Silver said during his annual preseason news conference, which was conducted virtually because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

"I would have preferred that ultimately that the players' association agreed to mandatory vaccinations. The officials union agreed to mandatory vaccinations, despite opposition from some of their members. But ultimately, I think we could have avoided a lot of the adversarial nature of these issues for our players.

It's not so much with the league. I think that gets confused in some cases." "This is between Irving and New York City right now," he continued. "This is not a league issue ... but I think it would have been best for everyone if every player were vaccinated."

Silver insists the NBA is not responsible for the Irving situation

Some other stars -- most notably Washington Wizards star guard Bradley Beal -- are unvaccinated but still allowed to play. Silver was asked if it was unfair to Irving that he's unvaccinated and unable to play while some other stars are unvaccinated and able to play.

"I won't try to speak for [the NBPA], other than the view that some players had, I think -- including maybe some players who are vaccinated -- that it should be an individual choice among the players," Silver said during his annual preseason news conference, which was conducted virtually because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

"I would have preferred that ultimately that the players' association agreed to mandatory vaccinations. The officials union agreed to mandatory vaccinations, despite opposition from some of their members. But ultimately, I think we could have avoided a lot of the adversarial nature of these issues for our players.

It's not so much with the league. I think that gets confused in some cases." "This is between Irving and New York City right now," he continued. "This is not a league issue ... but I think it would have been best for everyone if every player were vaccinated."