Skip to main content

Brooklyn Nets GM Sean Marks "Kyrie Irving will not play or practice with the team until he is eligible to be a full participant."


Shams Charania reported that The Brooklyn Nets have decided to sit Kyrie Irving until he is fully vaccinated. In the official statement made by Nets General Manager Sean Marks, the Nets made it clear that their championship aspirations have not changed but have decided that they will not entertain the idea of having players available part-time.

"Kyrie Irving will not play or practice with the team until he is eligible to be a a full participant. Kyrie has made a personal choice, and we respect his individual right to choose. Currently the choice restricts his ability to be a full-time member of the team, and we will not permit any member of our teams to participate with part-time availability." - Brooklyn Nets GM Sean Marks.

Brooklyn Nets Official Statement

The announcement from the Brooklyn Nets is a massive development in a predicament surrounding Kyrie Irving and other players not vaccinated against Covid-19. Other notable players who share Irving's beliefs are Washington Wizards' Bradley Beal and Orlando Magic's Jonathan Isaac, players who will be key members of their teams this coming season. The league has said numerous times that their vaccination status will impact their ability to participate in team activities and games in states with vaccine mandates, ensuring that NBA guidelines regarding vaccination align with that of the federal government guidelines.

Scroll to Continue

Recommended Articles

Teams like the Nets were planning for the contingencies surrounding the part-time availability of some of its key players, but it is fair to say that no one might have envisioned the Brooklyn Nets to bite back the way they did on Tuesday morning. Brooklyn is the favorite to win the NBA title this year, largely due to their lethal big three of Kevin Durant, James Harden, and Kyrie Irving. The trio is arguably the greatest collection of scorers a team has ever fielded in the history of the NBA, but it seems similar to last season, NBA fans will not have the chance to witness Brooklyn's Big Three share the court unless Kyrie decides to get the vaccine.

Irving has taken a strong stance against mandatory vaccination, among other issues that feature heavily in American society today. Other players such as LeBron James and Andrew Wiggins have openly expressed reluctance to get the vaccine at some point in time. Still, they have since decided to get vaccinated in preparation for the 2021-2002 NBA season. However, it would be futile to expect the same course of action from Kyrie Irving, especially after a show of force from the Brooklyn Nets brass.

What do you think Kyrie will do next? Will he request to be traded or retire from basketball altogether? Your guess is as good as mine, but we would love to hear your thoughts in the comments.

Vanessa Bryant revealed how Kobe Bryant was like everyone else

Vanessa Bryant revealed how Kobe Bryant was a normal person like everyone else: "He wipes his own ass too"

Kobe Bryant was a superstar on the court but never acted like one outside of it. This is what endeared him to the fans

Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving, forward Kevin Durant and guard James Harden

“This has to go down as one of the most epic failures in the history of this league” — Tim Legler shreds the Brooklyn Nets

Two other teams in the modern NBA came to mind as faliures given the talent they had on the roster.

Kevin Durant blasts Philly fans for their chants towards Ben Simmons

Should the Brooklyn Nets regret trading for Kevin Durant?

The Durant-Irving partnership in Brooklyn could arguably go down as the most disappointing one in NBA history.

Detroit Pistons legend Rick Mahorn and Indiana Pacers legend Reggie Miller

Reggie Miller on who he hated facing on the bad boy Pistons — “He ​​had a crazy look in his eye all the time”

There’s a reason why Miller's most feared Pistons player was dubbed as the “Baddest Bad Boy of them all.”

San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan and guard Manu Ginobili

"I lost a lot of sleep because of him" — Chauncey Billups reveals who deserved to win the 2005 NBA Finals MVP

Tim Duncan won the 2005 NBA Finals MVP. But Chauncey Billups, as well as some fans, believed the trophy belonged to someone else.

Michael Jordan

Beer drones — the best feature on Michael Jordan's exclusive golf course

Do you want to be a member of the exclusive The Grove XXIII club? Michael Jordan has to invite you first.


Miles Bridges' wife exposes him for domestic violence

The NBA community needs to to better. ”I won’t be silent to protect others anymore because I value myself and my kids more than anyones ‘image’”