Kyrie Irving has refused to be vaccinated against Covid-19
Irving is among sport’s most high-profile vaccine holdouts. © Matt Stone/ MediaNews Group / Boston Herald via Getty Images
Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving says that he missed out on a four–year, $100 million extension to his contract last season due to his opposition to the Covid–19 vaccine.
Irving was forced to skip home games from the beginning of the 2021–22 season up until late March amid rules imposed in New York surrounding vaccine mandates, and said at a press event on Monday that he rejected a contract extension from the Nets because he said if felt like he was being handed a financial “ultimatum” to be vaccinated.
“I gave up four years, 100-and-something million deciding to be unvaccinated and that was the decision,” Irving told the media.
“[Get this] contract, get vaccinated or be unvaccinated and there’s a level of uncertainty of your future, whether you’re going to be in this league, whether you’re going to be on this team, so I had to deal with that real–life circumstance of losing my job for this decision.”