It's not a secret that Kyrie Irving is the most controversial figures in the NBA. He's often involved in multiple off-court subjects and has drawn plenty of criticism from the media and fans for his attitude.
From saying the Earth is flat to calling the media "pawns" to calling out people for celebrating Thanksgiving, Irving has done and said it all over the past couple of years. He's got his particular views and just won't be silenced.
Now, the Brooklyn Nets star is once again walking on thin ice. This time, people are pointing at him for stirring the pot and encouraging fellow NBA players not to get vaccinated. The reason, however, is rather unbelievable, even for him.
Kyrie Irving Believes The Vaccine Is A Plot To Link Black People To Satan
(Transcript via Rolling Stone)
“There are so many other players outside of him who are opting out, I would like to think they would make a way,” says Kyrie’s aunt, Tyki Irving, who runs the seven-time All-Star’s family foundation and is one of the few people in his regular circle of advisors. “It could be like every third game. So it still gives you a full season of being interactive and being on the court, but with the limitations that they’re, of course, oppressing upon you. There can be some sort of formula where the NBA and the players can come to some sort of agreement.”
"Irving, who serves as a vice president on the executive committee of the players’ union, recently started following and liking Instagram posts from a conspiracy theorist who claims that “secret societies” are implanting vaccines in a plot to connect Black people to a master computer for “a plan of Satan.” This Moderna microchip misinformation campaign has spread across multiple NBA locker rooms and group chats, according to several of the dozen-plus current players, Hall-of-Famers, league executives, arena workers and virologists interviewed for this story over the past week."
Irving Could Lose Nearly Half A Million Dollars Per Game If He's Not Vaccinated
So, with New York City mandating all student-athletes over 12 to be vaccinated to play sports, Irving could lose a lot of money if he refuses to take the Covid-19 vaccine and decides to sit out:
"When asked directly about Irving’s vaccination status — or his plans to change it — multiple people familiar with his thinking declined to answer directly. But one confidant and family member floated to Rolling Stone the idea of anti-vaxx players skipping home games to dodge the New York City ordinance… or at least threatening to protest them, until the NBA changes its ways," continued Rolling Stones' report.
That means that Irving could lose as much as $428,000 per every single game he decides to sit out, considering he's going to make around $34,122,650 next season. That's a lot of money, but hey, at least he won't be a servant of the Dark Lord. Wait, what?