Kyrie Irving has spoken out for the first time since being held out by the Brooklyn Nets due to refusing vaccination.
Taking to Instagram Live moments ago, Irving began by assuring his fans that reports of his potential retirement were not true.
“Don’t believe that I’m retiring,” Irving said. “Don’t believe I’m gonna give up this game… don’t believe any of that sh*t man.”
Irving went on to say he was not anti-vaccine, but that his problems were with mandates that force people to choose between their jobs and getting vaccinated.
“If you choose to get a vaccine, I support you. If you choose not get a vaccine, I support you,” he said. “But don’t be judging what other people are doing with their lives.
“There should not be a divide here. We should be accommodating everyone equally, but to demonize and judge and point the finger, think about what type of position that puts that person in.”
Irving said he “prayed” for those who have lost loved ones to Covid-19. He also called out his critics, saying none of the people who had called him out would ever say anything to his face.
More to come.