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Irving sidelined by Nets

The Brooklyn Nets decided on Tuesday to bar star guard Kyrie Irving from practice as well as games in the National Basketball Association season that starts next week because he refuses to be vaccinated against COVID-19. “Given the evolving nature of the situation and after thorough deliberation, we have decided Kyrie Irving will not play or practice with the team until he is eligible to be a full participant,” Nets general manager Sean Marks said. “Kyrie has made a personal choice, and we respect his individual right to choose. Currently, his choice restricts his ability to be a full-time member of the team, and we will not permit any member of our team to participate with part-time availability.” Irving, 29, is part of the Nets’ star trio that also includes Kevin Durant and James Harden. Because of the ongoing pandemic, New York has implemented new health and safety regulations which do not allow unvaccinated athletes to take part in practices and games. He could theoretically have played in road games without being vaccinated, but Marks’ statement rules that out. The Nets begin their season at NBA champions Milwaukee Bucks next Tuesday.


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