KYRIE IRVING IS STAYING TRUE TO WHAT HE BELIEVES. HE WONT GET THE VACCINE. WILL HE STILL EARN $$?
NBA star Kyrie Irving may not play a single game but could still receive up to $19 million.
The Nets general manager Sean Marks said the Kyrie would not play or practice until he met New York City vaccine eligibility requirements.
Kyrie had this to say
"Nobody should be forced to do anything with their bodies during an Instagram Live video, adding that his decision was not politically motivated.
Irving would miss as many as 43 games next season under the city's current mandate, with the Nets scheduled to play 41 games at home and two road games against the Knicks at Madison Square Garden.
The Nets, however, will be required to pay Irving for about 40 away games should he remain on the team since it was their decision to keep him off the court.
The seven-time All-Star is in his third year of a four-year, $136 million contract signed with the Nets in 2019. He was expected to earn more than $34 million this season, according to Spotrac.com.
The NBA and NBA Players Association reportedly agreed on a pay reduction of 1/91.6 of a player's salary for each game missed by an unvaccinated player due to the local vaccine mandates, ESPN reported.
Irving stands to lose abut $380,000 per game and potentially more than $15 million, ESPN reported.