Back to the future?
About an hour and a half after New York mayor Eric Adams told reporters he’s ending the private employer vaccine mandate but keeping it for city workers, the most prominent critic of his and his predecessor’s policies dropped a tweet...
If I can work and be unvaccinated, then all of my brothers and sisters who are also unvaccinated should be able to do the same, without being discriminated against, vilified, or fired. ♾— A11Even (@KyrieIrving) September 20, 2022
This enforced Vaccine/Pandemic is one the biggest violations of HUMAN RIGHTS in history.
A few minutes later, he added this...
Use me God.— A11Even (@KyrieIrving) September 20, 2022
The hyperbolic comment — slavery, the Holocaust and Trail of Tears would seem to be worse violations than a policy aimed at saving lives rather than taking them — comes as a reminder of Irving’s anti-vaccine stance from last season. He missed 53 games because of the vaccines which in turn led to difficult contract negotiations for him and Kevin Durant’s trade request. It will also add yet another controversial topic to an already crowded Media Day agenda Monday.
Moreover, it was his second controversial social media move in the last five days. Last week, he echoed perhaps the leading conspiracy theorist in the U.S., Alex Jones of InfoWars who has peddled (and made millions off selling) some of the worst lies in recent American history. Specifically, Irving posted a Jones video from 2002 in which Jones suggested that there is a conspiracy by an organization called the “New World Order” to release “diseases and viruses and plagues” as a means of control.
In his tweet Tuesday, Irving seemed to be referring to those who lost their job because of the city’s vaccine mandates, including an estimated 1,500 city workers. There are no numbers on how many private company employees have been terminated ... or what will happen to them now that that mandate has been eliminated. Eli Carter, a Nets development coach, reportedly lost his job under the mandate because of his unvaccinated status. Irving has since supported Carter’s “More than a run” initiative.
Mayor Adams dropped the vaccine requirement for professional athletes like Irving in late March, permitting Irving to finally play at Barclays Center including the NBA playoffs. At the time, Adams took heat from businesses who cried double standard.
The mayor made his comments Tuesday as he began a promotional campaign encouraging city residents to get booster shots aimed directly at COVID’s omicron variant. Adams who got his own booster at City Hall noted as well that “The most scary part of the pandemic may be in our rear view mirror.”
Data collected and analyzed by Brown University and Microsoft AI Health earlier this year suggested that more than 300,000 Americans —including more than 11,000 in New York State — lost their lives to COVID because of some level of vaccine resistance. More than a million Americans have died from COVID, most after vaccines became available.
- Kyrie Irving rips Eric Adams’ latest vaccine mandate decision - Brian Lewis - New York Post
- Kyrie Irving: If I can work unvaccinated, others should be able to, too - Kristian Winfield - New York Daily News
- Kyrie Irving: Vaccine mandates are ‘one of the biggest violations of human rights in history’ - Dan Mennella - WFAN
- Kyrie Irving speaks out against Mayor Adams’ vaccine mandate for public sector-employees - SNY
- Nets are supposed to be contenders in stacked East, but are they doomed to repeat history? - Joe Vardon - The Athletic
- Kyrie Irving bashes Eric Adams after latest NYC vaccine mandate change: ‘Biggest violation of human rights’ - Scott Thompson - FOX News
- Nets star Kyrie Irving says vaccine mandates among ‘biggest violations’ of human rights in history - Olafimihan Oshin - The Hill
- New York City Ends Private Employer Vaccine Mandate and Pushes Boosters - Sharon Otterman & Emma G. Fitzsimmons - New York Times