After a legendary appearance on Sunday, Nets superstar Kevin Durant expressed his opinion on the New York City COVID-19 vaccine mandate banning Kyrie Irving from playing in the Nets’ home games, even though he is allowed in the building as a spectator.
“It’s ridiculous,” Durant said. “I do not understand it at all. I do not understand it. It just feels as if, at this point now, someone is trying to make a statement or point to their authority. Everyone out here is looking for attention.”
Kevin Durant about Kyrie Irving not being able to play at home:
“We’re all confused. Pretty much everyone in the world is confused at this point. Early in the season, people did not understand what was going on, but now it just looks silly. Eric, you have to figure it out.” pic.twitter.com/t8aBEBEZEA
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Durant’s words come after the “Key2NYC” mandate is coming to an end, which made room for an unvaccinated Irving to attend Net’s home games as a fan. A separate mandate for private sector employees keeps Irving unable to play.
When Durant broke out for 53 points against the Knicks on Sunday, Irving sat next to his family and other fans on the field before joining his teammates in the locker room at the break and after the game ended.
Durant went on to specify that he feels the newly elected New York Mayor Eric Adams is the one looking for attention.
“That’s what I feel the mayor wants right now – a little attention,” Durant continued. “He’ll find out soon. He’s better. It made no sense … We’re all confused. Pretty much everyone in the world is confused at this point. Early in the season, people did not understand what was going on, but now it looks just stupid. Hopefully, Eric, you find out here. “
According to Adams, it’s just as simple for Irving to qualify for games in New York City as it is for him to be vaccinated for COVID-19.
Eric Adams says Kyrie Irving can play as soon as tomorrow – as long as he gets vaccinated.
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Durant’s post-match comments came just hours after LeBron James tweeted that the situation “makes absolutely no sense.”
FACTS FACTS FACTS !! It literally gives ABSOLUTELY ZERO MEANING !!! They say that if common sense were common, then we would all have it. Is not that the truth. 🤦🏾♂️🤦🏾♂️🤦🏾♂️🤦🏾♂️ #FreeKyrie https://t.co/EhAcjuMrsL
– LeBron James (@KingJames) March 13, 2022
As it stands, Irving is eligible for four of the Nets’ remaining 14 games in the regular season, as nine will be played at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, while an away game takes place at Manhattan’s Madison Square Garden.