The Brooklyn Nets are doing everything they can to contend for a championship this season, though one of their biggest pieces in guard Kyrie Irving is choosing to refuse his COVID-19 vaccination shot.
Due to New York City vaccine mandates, Irving has been barred from playing home games and has effectively placed on administrative leave by the team.
Irving mentioned that he wanted to be a “voice for the voiceless” in the middle of this pseudo-protest, but we haven’t heard a peep out of him except for one Instagram Live session since all of this nonsense started.
After weeks of silence following a somewhat uneven start by a Nets team that clearly constructed their roster with the thought of Irving being in the fold, the point guard (?) has finally returned to Instagram, though his post left much to be desired considering how unusual it was.
Because Irving fancies himself some brilliant free-thought advocate when in reality he’s just being very destructive to himself and others, he posted a picture of Morpheus from the Matrix films.
If you have seen the movies and are aware of Morpheus’ character, it becomes clear that Irving apparently thinks he’s taken the red pill.
Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving is being vague on Instagram again.
The Nets are starting to figure things out without Irving, but it’s clear that the team is suffering as a result of not having No. 11. Their offensive numbers are down when compared to last year, and James Harden hasn’t been as effective without Irving to attract defenders and attention. Kevin Durant can only do so much.
With the reversal of this vaccine mandate looking unlikely, Irving’s desire to be seen as some heroic martyr is falling on deaf ears. All he’s doing is costing his team a ton of wins and himself a ton of money while posting movie screenshots on Instagram.
If Irving hasn’t been convinced by the forfeited paychecks, declining performances from players who likely chose to play with the Nets with the expectation that they would get to line up alongside Kyrie, and the outpouring of frustration that has bubbled over in the wake of this strike, he’s likely not going to change his mind anytime soon.
The Nets would clearly welcome Irving back with open arms if he just gets the vaccine, apologizes for being a distraction, and starts providing his usual blend of unprecedented scoring efficiency. Unfortunately, Nets fans shouldn’t hold their breath for a return.