Sean Marks has stated through an official statement that the Nets will not allow Kyrie Irving to play or coach with the group until he complies with the vaccination rules established by the state of New York. This region prevents taking part in public and / or multitudinous activities in closed areas without being vaccinated. Therefore, Irving’s negativity when it comes to getting vaccinated would prevent him from playing home games, something Steve Nash took for granted. However, the general manager is blunt in saying that they are not “going to allow any member of the organization to participate with half the availability of the rest.”
In principle, Irving’s perseverance meant missing a minimum of 41 games and the approximately $ 17 million that he would receive for them. The situation put the board between a rock and a hard place, because at the beginning of the controversy the possibility that Kyrie would retire if he finally left the Nets traded was leaked. Since the beginning of the training camp, colleagues and coaching staff have been lukewarm on this issue. For this reason, the forcefulness of Marks’ message is surprising.
“It is imperative that we continue to build chemistry in our goal of winning the championship. Being faithful to our values of collectivity and sacrifice ». With this, the general manager launches an ultimatum to Irving to clear the doubts that surrounded the management that would be made of his figure throughout the season. The implications that this decision has on the player’s salary or if it has been premeditated with the rest of the Nets employees are unknown. Now it’s Irving’s turn to move.
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