Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving’s superfans gathered outside to protest in front of the Barclays Center. They waved flags and signs while often chanting “No vaccine mandate, stand with Kyrie”.
Brooklyn Nets Commotion and Distractions Continue
Several people stood around outside the arena and on the street blocking traffic on the main roads near the stadium. Many expressed a similar mindset for Irving’s decision not to take the vaccine. Ultimately, Irving sacrificed his entire season as a Brooklyn Net due to his failure to comply with New York City’s mandate.
At one point, a few of the protesters attempted to push past the barricades and gain entrance through the front doors. While some were successful, the threat seemed harmless while there was plenty of police present at the Barclays. They continued to chant “My body, my choice”. The commotion held fans up from getting into the game. Midway through the first quarter, there were still lines of fans waiting to get to their seats, and the stadium was half full.
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“The Barclays Center temporarily closed to remove protestors from the entrance plaza and ensure the safety of guests entering the arena. Only ticketed guests were allowed inside, and the game continued as planned.”
Irving’s Decision and Reasoning behind it
Irving has yet to attend any of the Nets’ three games thus far. This occurred shortly after the organization parted ways with Irving, deciding he cannot play in road games and become a part-time player. He hasn’t been present near the team or within the facilities. However, the Nets have said they will welcome Irving with open arms. That is, whenever he’s ready to comply with the city’s mandate.
Irving addressed the vaccine and his choice several weeks back on an Instagram live.
“I decided not to get vaccinated, and that’s my decision. I just ask for your respect regarding my choice,” Irving stated. “I’ll stay fit, ready to play, and support my teammates. This is not a political or organizational matter—it’s about my personal life and the choices I make.”