Kyrie Irving Attends Nets Game With GF After Being Barred From Playing Due To Vaccine Mandate

The NBA superstar attended his own team's game sitting courtside and maskless as fans freaked out over social media.

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Brooklyn Nets player Kyrie Irving caused quite a commotion when he attended his team’s basketball game against the New York Knicks on Sunday (March 13) at Barclays Center in New York City. The star guard, who remains unable to play home games due to his unvaccinated status and the city’s private sector vaccine mandate, sat maskless courtside with his fiancé Marlene “Golden” Wilkerson. The pair were able to show up for the game as spectators because of the city’s new policies — but as a private employee of the arena, Kyrie is still barred from playing there.

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Kyrie Irving caused vaccination mandate drama after attending his team’s NBA basketball game as a spectator on March 13, 2022. (Adam Hunger/AP/Shutterstock)

Kyrie’s decision to cheer on his teammates, which came a day after he attended a Duke and Virginia Tech game at the Barclays Center, had sports commentators, fellow athletes and fans questioning the reasoning behind the pandemic-driven rules. Some asked why he is allowed to move freely in the venue without a mask, yet he still can’t don a jersey and play on the court.

“Is there a reasonable/sane/choose your adjective explanation to account for the Nets’ Kyrie Irving being allowed to attend games Saturday and Sunday at Barclays Center as an unmasked courtside spectator but not be allowed to play at Barclays Center?” tweeted NBA correspondent Marc Stein, as sports journalist Clay Travis posted, “He also went to Duke-Virginia Tech last night and sat courtside. This is beyond absurd.”

Others called out Kyrie for continuing to refuse the COVID jab. “I don’t care how dumb any given Covid rule is, the only person preventing Kyrie Irving from playing basketball is Kyrie Irving. Get vaccinated. It’s a f**king pandemic,” shared one outraged fan.

Kyrie’s former teammate, LeBron James, chimed in after a follower called out the apparent hypocrisy of the mandate on Twitter, saying the situation is “absolutely ridiculous on all levels of common sense.” The NBA icon responded, “FACTS FACTS FACTS!! It literally makes ABSOLUTELY ZERO SENSE!!! They say if common sense was common then we’d all have it. Ain’t that the truth.”

Keep reading to see more reactions to Kyrie’s appearance at his own game, below.

 

 

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