Kyrie Irving has spoken for the first time since being retained by the Brooklyn Nets for refusing the vaccination.
Speaking to Instagram Live a few moments ago, Irving began by assuring his fans that the reports of his potential retirement were not true.
“Don’t think I’m retiring,” Irving said. “Don’t think I’m going to give up on this game… don’t believe in all this shit.”
Irving went on to say he was not anti-vaccine, but his problems were related to mandates that force people to choose between their jobs and getting vaccinated.
“If you choose to be vaccinated, I support you. If you choose not to get vaccinated, I support you, ”he said. “But don’t judge what other people are doing with their lives.
“There shouldn’t be a division here. We should welcome everyone the same, but to demonize, judge, and point fingers, think about what kind of position this person is placed in. “
Irving said he was “praying” for those who have lost loved ones to Covid-19. He also called his detractors, claiming that none of the people who called him would ever say anything to his face.