The city of New York recently changed its COVID-19 vaccine mandates and now allows people to enjoy indoor events without wearing masks.
However, the rules for the private sector have not changed, which means that players such as Irving are still required to be vaccinated if they want to participate in sporting events in New York.
Therefore, Irving is able to sit courtside and watch a basketball game but cannot participate in one.
That’s exactly what happened this past weekend when Irving watched both a Duke and Nets game at the Barclays Center but still couldn’t suit up.
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. 🤦🏾♂️🤦🏾♂️🤦🏾♂️🤦🏾♂️ #FreeKyrie https://t.co/EhAcjuMrsL
— LeBron James (@KingJames) March 13, 2022
This led to LeBron James‘ tweet about the situation.
When a user pointed out that it seems silly that Irving can watch a game just feet away from the players but still can’t actually play, James enthusiastically agreed.
“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,” tweeted James.
A lot of people are getting steamed about the status of Irving but that doesn’t mean anything will change soon.
Is Irving Inevitable?
Just a few weeks ago, it seemed very likely that New York would change all its vaccine rules and allow Irving to play in home games.
But when the rules changed, they didn’t permit this.
The chances of Irving being given the go-ahead to play in home games now seem slimmer than ever.
It’s undeniable to say that these rules come across as a bit odd since an unvaccinated person like Irving can sit – unmasked – mere feet away from NBA pros who he cannot play with.
However, rules are rules and it doesn’t seem like New York will be changing theirs even more any time soon.
So the Nets should get ready for a postseason that only has Irving half the time.