NBA legend Charles Barkley isn’t pleased with Kyrie Irving’s return to the Brooklyn Nets following his non permanent sidelining for refusing to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
“If you wish to make a political level, which is foolish and silly, and never get vaccinated, that’s high quality with me,” Barkley stated Thursday on TNT. “Kyrie is a heck of a participant. However to solely play in street video games, I don’t suppose it’s honest to the sport … however extra importantly, I don’t suppose it’s honest to the staff.”
The Nets benched Irving in October. New York Metropolis’s vaccine guidelines meant he couldn’t play house video games. He was introduced again into the aspect in December as coronavirus unfold all through the staff.
Former NBA participant Kenny Smith argued Irving wasn’t himself deciding to play part-time and was solely unable to play in house video games due to the mandate.
However Barkley wasn’t satisfied.
“I’m not even certain what they realized,” Barkley stated of the Nets’ resolution to deliver Irving again. “They’re like, ‘We’re gonna allow you to play in half the video games.’ And I simply have an issue with that personally.”
Barkley’s stance ought to come as no shock, although.