Kyrie Irving won't attend Nets media day due to NYC COVID-19 health and safety protocols




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Kyrie Irving will not be at Nets media day on Monday due to New York City COVID-19 health and safety protocols, reports SNY's Ian Begley.

Irving has not been vaccinated against COVID-19, according to multiple reports, and will not be allowed to be at the Nets' facility in Brooklyn or play in home games this season unless he gets the vaccine.

Asked about Irving's absence on Monday, Kevin Durant said "it's on Kyrie, it's a personal decision."

Begley reported earlier this month that the league sent a memo breaking down the new protocols for teams in areas with local COVID-19 requirements, such as New York City.

Per a New York City executive order, visiting players are exempt from the vaccine requirement, but Nets and Knicks players are not. There is a similar local ordinance in San Francisco, impacting the Golden State Warriors.

If an unvaccinated Knick or Net player doesn't have a medical or religious exemption (determined by the NBA, which recently rejected Warriors forward Andrew Wiggins' request for an exemption), the player won't be allowed to enter home arenas or practice facilities or participate in any games, practices, or other team activities conducted at the arenas/practice facilities in those states.

Begley previously noted that players failing to adhere to the local requirements could be viewed as failing to provide services under terms of his contract and could be fined or suspended by the league or his team or see his compensation reduced.

Irving's absence from media day was first reported by ESPN.

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