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#pounditThursday, March 30, 2023

Kyrie Irving report further illustrates how idiotic NYC’s vaccine policy is

Kyrie Irving sits courtside

New York City’s rules regarding vaccine mandates have reached a point of total lunacy, and Kyrie Irving’s presence at Sunday’s game between the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets was further proof of that.

Irving has not been allowed to play in any Nets home games this season because he has not received a COVID-19 vaccine. Even though New York City recently lifted its vaccine mandate, Irving is still not allowed to play because Barclays Center falls under the private sector vaccine mandate that took effect in December. Irving can’t play, but he is welcome inside the arena.

Irving attended Saturday night’s ACC Tournament game between his alma mater Duke and Virginia at Barclays Center. He was shown sitting courtside. He then sat courtside again for Sunday’s Knicks-Nets game.

The images of Irving sitting courtside should embarrass the city of New York. They are the perfect illustration of how the vaccine mandate is not rooted in any kind of logic or common sense. In addition to attending Sunday’s game as a fan, Irving was also able to join his coaches and teammates in the locker room at halftime.

What are we doing here? Remember, visiting players who are unvaccinated are also allowed to play in games at Barclays Center. The policy is utterly ridiculous and needs to be changed.


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