Floyd Mayweather hails Kyrie Irving for standing firm on his vaccine stance telling him ‘we cannot be stopped on what we believe in’ as unvaccinated Brooklyn Nets star makes a full return to the NBA after the state of New York ease their Covid policy
- Kyrie Irving is back practising and playing basketball in the state of New York
- He had been banned from playing there due to his unvaccinated status – with a state mandate forbidding those unvaccinated to be at entertainment venues
- Irving scored 42 points in a Nets home win on Monday vs Houston Rockets
Floyd Mayweather has come to the defence of Kyrie Irving hailing him for his defiance over his refusal to get vaccinated against Covid.
NBA star Irving has missed the majority of the Brooklyn Nets campaign after deciding to remain unvaccinated but is now free to do so after the state of New York relaxed their coronavirus policy.
Last August, the state of New York announced a mandate that meant civilians must have at least one jab of a vaccine to be able to enter indoor gyms, bars, restaurants, and entertainment venues.
Floyd Mayweather (left) has praised Kyrie Irving for his unvaccinated stance against Covid
Irving has missed the majority of this NBA season due to the state of New York not allowing unvaccinated people into entertainment venues and other places. That has now changed
As a consequence of this stance, it meant Irving was unable to train at Brooklyn’s HSS Training Center or play matches at their Barclays Center.
A knock-on effect meant the Nets decided to sit the 30-year-old out of all of their activities, including away matches, to not disrupt their focus on the season.
However, they were forced to do a U-turn at the beginning of the year and bring back the point guard for their away matches due to mounting Covid cases and injuries within the squad.
The Eastern Conference have been bolstered even further following the decision by the Mayor of New York State, Eric Adams, to remove the mandate last month – meaning Irving is eligible to practise and play in Brooklyn.
And taking to Instagram in the early hours of Wednesday morning, boxing legend Mayweather praised Irving for sticking to his beliefs.
‘We cannot be stopped as long as we stand on what we believe in,’ he wrote alongside a picture of them two previously embracing.
‘Nephew when I speak just listen. @kyrieirving I’m proud of you.’
This is the latest show of support Irving has received from Mayweather. Back in October, the 45-year-old said in a video message on Twitter: ‘Kyrie, what’s up, I know you’re going through a lot. We had the chance to hang out in 2016 when you represented America, when you represented the red, white and blue.
Mayweather declared on Instagram that he is ‘proud’ of Irving for sticking to his beliefs
‘You only want to be treated fairly. I was going to post something on my social media pages but I decided to do it the old-school way and read something out to you because you’re a great person, a great father, a great athlete and you believe what you believe.
‘America is the land of the free; freedom of speech, freedom of religion and, supposedly, freedom to choose. Never be controlled by money, I respect you for having some integrity and for being your own man.
‘A free mind makes his own choices and a slave mind follows the crowd. Stand for something or fall for anything.
‘One man can lead a revolution, to stand up and fight for what’s right. One choice, one word, one action can change the world.
‘It’s crazy how people hate you for being a leader. I hope your actions encourage many others to stand up and say enough is enough. Respect to you Kyrie and power to the people.’
Since the mandate was scrapped, Irving has played in four Brooklyn home matches – scoring 42 points in his last outing as the Nets beat the Houston Rockets 118-105 on Tuesday night.
Irving scored 42 points for the Nets at home on Monday as they beat the Houston Rockets