New York will not change its vaccination state
DETROIT – Mayor-elect Eric Adams said Friday night that New York City will not change its COVID-19 vaccination mandate, which is currently prohibited. Keri Irving play there.
Adams, who won the city’s mayoral election Tuesday, put the onus on the NBA and Irving to find a solution. The current mandate requires that the Brooklyn Nets guard receive at least one shot in order to play at home at Barclays Center and away from home in Madison Square Garden, home of the New York Knicks.
“New York City is not going to change its rule,” Adams said in an interview with CNN. “And again, it’s up to the NBA and Kyrie to come to a full understanding of how to keep him in the Nets and continue to watch all the athletes that come in here. Again, I think the NBA and Kyrie will come to a conclusion about this.”
Adams didn’t explain how the NBA and Irving could find a way for the base guard to play in New York City if it remained vulnerable because the league complies with the city’s COVID-19 protocol.
The Nets played their ninth game of the season without Irving on Friday in Detroit. While he can play away matches in NBA cities that do not have a vaccination mandate, the Nets as an organization have decided not to have a starting point with the team as a part-time player until the vaccination or mandate is changed. from the city .
Nets owner Joe Tsai recently told ESPN that he is unsure when Irving will join the team due to his tenure.
“I don’t know,” Tsai said in an interview with ESPN when asked when he thought Irving would play again. “Or you should be vaccinated to go back if the New York mandate is still in place. And don’t ask me when they can or can’t change the New York mandate. Again, if you ask the people who make decisions at the city level, they will say we will trust the science, trust what the Department is telling us. the health [para continuar] “.
“Hopefully Kerry can be part of the team, and he’s part of Brooklyn for the long-term…I think we have an immediate question if he can play this season, and I hope he gets vaccinated as soon as possible.”
Adams, who will take office on Jan. 1, was asked about protocols for municipal workers during his presentation on CNBC Wednesday, and said the city needed to “review how we’re going to approach vaccine mandates.” This comment sparked some optimism that the term might change after January 1, allowing Irving to play even if he remains vulnerable.
Nets coach Steve Nash was asked if the team would welcome Irving if he changed the term and he has not yet been vaccinated.
“He can speak frankly,” Nash said Wednesday. “But I think if the mandate changes, it will definitely be welcome.”
Adams said it was “up to Kerry” to decide if she should be vaccinated.
“That’s his design,” Adams said. “I don’t want to dictate to him, it’s his body, he has to make that decision about what he wants to do.
“I’m a Nets fan… and I love Kyrie. I think it’s a piece that we need for a tournament… so I think it’s up to the NBA and Kyrie to come to terms with how they want to get through this and I think they can come up with a solution.”