New York Mayor won't make exception for unvaccinated Kyrie Irving

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New York Mayor won't make exception for unvaccinated Kyrie Irving

New York Major Eric Adams underlined that he wants to see Kyrie Irving playing at Barclays Center but added that he thinks allowing the guard to play while unvaccinated would send the community the wrong message. Irving hasn't been vaccinated against COVID-19 and he hasn't played a single home game this year.

The current rule has been labeled as a "nonsense" since unvaccinated players from opposing teams are allowed to play at Barclays Center. "Listen, I want Kyrie on the court. I would do anything to get that ring.

So badly, I want it. But there's so much at stake here. And I spoke with the owner of the team. We want to find a way to get Kyrie on the court, but this is a bigger issue," Adams told CNBC. "I can't have my city closed down again.

It would send the wrong message just to have an exception for one player when we're telling countless number of New York City employees, 'If you don't follow the rules, you won't be able to be employed.'


Adams insists he wants Irving at Barclays Center

To make it even more ridiculous, Irving can now attend home games at Barclays Center but still can't play. "Businesses have their vaccine mandates. City employees have their vaccine mandates.

I have to follow the rules. And trust me, I want Kyrie on the court," Adams told CNBC. "We are here right now opening our city because of vaccine mandates. We can't close down again. I can't have my city close down again."

A few days ago, Irving admitted that he is following the latest regarding the city's vaccine mandate. "I'm following it as much as you guys are," Irving said. "So just remaining patient and just seeing where things end up in this next week or so, next two weeks, I'm not too sure, but I know as much as you do.

And I want to say this -- is that I'm very appreciative of all those that are pushing behind the scenes to make our world a better place. "And with everything calming down with the COVID cases, the most important thing for me was just making sure everyone's OK.

I've been on record saying this that it's not about me, that I don't want to feel like it's all on me, but the circumstances this year have not been ideal."