Everybody’s talking about Kyrie Irving right now. The Brooklyn Nets won’t allow him to play, practice, or travel with them as he refuses to be vaccinated. The NBA season is almost underway and they’ll have to adjust to being without him.

Many people have questioned Irving’s stance on the vaccine. Some reports claim that it was all due to a conspiracy theory. Some say that he’s dumb, others laud him and respect him for taking a stand.

Whatever it’s the case, you have to have strong principles – or be incredibly stubborn – to leave $16 million (and a $187 million contract extension) on the table. So, why would he do something like that?

Kyrie Says He’s Not Anti-Vaxx But He Wants To Be A Voice For The Voiceless

According to a report by The Athletic, it’s not that Kyrie Irving doesn’t believe in the vaccine. Instead, he wants to be the voice of the voiceless and help out those who have lost their jobs due to vaccine mandates:

(Transcript via The Athletic)

“Multiple sources with direct knowledge of Irving’s decision have told The Athletic that Irving is not anti-vaccine and that his stance is that he is upset that people are losing their jobs due to vaccine mandates. It’s a stance that Irving has explained to close teammates. To him, this is about a grander fight than the one on the court and Irving is challenging a perceived control of society and people’s livelihood, according to sources with knowledge of Irving’s mindset. It is a decision that he believes he is capable to make given his current life dynamics. “Kyrie wants to be a voice for the voiceless,” one source said.”

People will continue to talk and judge Kyrie, and you can’t blame them, as there always seems to be a story with him. Then again, he just made a choice and we’ll have no choice but to deal with it and move on.