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#pounditSaturday, November 26, 2022

Kyrie Irving proves idiocy of NYC rule by attending Duke game at Barclays Center

Kyrie Irving in attendance

Kyrie Irving on Saturday proved the idiocy of New York City’s rules regarding vaccine mandates.

Irving has not been allowed to play in any Brooklyn Nets home games this season because he has not received a COVID-19 vaccine. However, he has been allowed to play in the Nets’ road games this season, so long as local health rules didn’t prevent unvaccinated players from playing.

At this point, you might agree/believe that it’s OK for local health departments to creating rules specific to their area that they think are the most helpful/necessary.

But here’s where the rules in New York City lack any semblance of consistency, logic, and sanity.

Visiting players are allowed to play games at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn even if they are unvaccinated against COVID-19. Spectators who are unvaccinated against COVID-19 are also allowed to attend games in the same building where Irving is not allowed to play.

You know what that means?

Irving on Saturday night attended the ACC Tournament final between his alma mater Duke and Virginia Tech, which was played at Barclays Center. Yes, Irving was cleared to attend a game at the Barclays Center, but won’t be allowed to play in the Nets’ game there on Sunday against the Knicks.

There is no possible way you could explain this in a way that it makes any sort of logic or sense. This policy is purely idiotic and should be changed immediately. If unvaccinated visiting players and unvaccinated spectators can watch/play at Barclays Center, then an unvaccinated Nets player should be allowed to do the same.

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