UPDATE: Nets Announce that Kyrie Irving Will Not Practice or Compete with Team Until ‘Eligible As Full Participant’
UPDATE: On Tuesday, Brooklyn Nets General Manager Sean Marks announced that All-Star guard Kyrie Irving will not practice or compete with the team until he is “eligible to be a full participant.” He’ll be eligible once he is vaccinated.
“Given the evolving nature of the situation and after thorough deliberation, we have decided Kyrie Irving will not play or practice with the team until he is eligible to be a full participant,” Marks said via a team statement. “Kyrie has made a personal choice, and we respect his individual right to choose. Currently the choice restricts his ability to be a full-time member of the team, and we will not permit any member of our team to participate with part-time availability. It is imperative that we continue to build chemistry as a team and remain true to our long-established values of togetherness and sacrifice. Our championship goals for the season have not changed, and to achieve these goals each member of our organization must pull in the same direction. We are excited for the start of the season and look forward to a successful campaign that will make the borough of Brooklyn proud.”
This announcements comes after previous reports that Irving received clearance to practice with the team after New York City ruled last Friday that the team’s practice facility, HSS Training Center, is a “private office building.”
Shams Charania of The Athletic had reported the news:
New York City has determined the Brooklyn Nets‘ practice facility, HSS Training Center, is a private office building – clearing Nets All-Star Kyrie Irving to practice at home, City Hall official tells @TheAthletic @Stadium.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) October 8, 2021
Irving has not played a preseason game and was ruled out for Monday’s game against the Philadelphia 76ers.