In the five years since he last played in the NFL, Colin Kaepernick has been portrayed as a martyr of sorts by the leftwing media, who love to claim that he has been unable to get signed by another team since leaving the San Francisco 49ers due to racism.

In reality, however, Kaepernick is not a martyr at all, as he has made millions off of being a “woke” America-bashing celebrity. Instead, NBA star Kyrie Irving has given up far more than Kaepernick ever did due to his refusal to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Not only has Irving been benched by his team, the Brooklyn Nets, due to his vaccination status, he’s also been shamed and villainized by the mainstream media in a truly sickening way.

Irving has stood by his decision not to get vaccinated against the coronavirus.

“I like to keep that stuff private, man,” Irving said last month when asked about his vaccination status, according to Forbes. “I’m a human being first…I would love to just keep that private and handle it the right way with my team and go forward together with a plan. Obviously, I’m not able to be present there today, but that doesn’t mean I’m putting any limits on the future of me being able to join the team.”

The Nets have since announced that Irving will not be allowed to participate in any games or team events until he gets vaccinated. This will cost Irving tens of millions of dollars.

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Since Irving was benched, celebrities like NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar have publicly blasted him to the media, saying that “there is no room for players who are willing to risk the health and lives of their teammates, the staff and the fans.”

“I don’t think that they are behaving like good teammates or good citizens,” Abdul-Jabbar told CNN when asked about Irving and his fellow unvaccinated players, according to Clutch Report. “This is a war that we’re involved in. And masks and vaccines — they are the weapons that we use to fight this war.”

ESPN NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski has since spoken out to say that Irving shouldn’t bank on being traded to another team that will allow him to play unvaccinated.

“I think the trade market for him is going to be very… I think it’s dicey,” Wojnarowski told Yahoo News. “You don’t know what you would be trading for. You don’t know whether he wants to play. Does he want to play for you? Does he want to play at all?”

While Irving is being stripped of his rights to play basketball simply because he is unvaccinated, Kaepernick was never benched from playing football for kneeling during the national anthem. Though Kaepernick claimed that he was taking a knee to protest against racial inequality in America, millions saw this move as a clear sign of disrespect to the American flag and those who have fought and died for it.

Despite this, the San Francisco 49ers never benched Kaepernick during the 2016 season, in which he constantly kneeled during the anthem. Instead, the team dropped him at the end of that season after he led them to an abysmal losing record, just as any quarterback would be in that situation.

In the years since then, Kaepernick has made millions off being a “woke” liberal by signing deals with brands like Nike and Ben & Jerry’s. He’s even been given his own Netflix show, “Colin In Black & White,” which is set to premiere later this month.

Irving, however, should not expect to get any of these kinds of deals. Given his unvaccinated status that is routinely shamed by the media, he would be considered poison to any brand that would even think about signing a deal with him. The fate that is meeting Irving is particularly unfortunate, given the fact that he is an incredibly generous person who has shown the world time and time again that he has an enormous heart.

Sadly, we live in a society where someone like Kaepernick can make millions off shaming our country and dividing us along racial lines. Yet, Irving is benched from the sport he loves and effectively robbed of any ability to make money simply for being unvaccinated. Every human should be free to decide what does or does not go into their body, so Irving has every right to refuse the vaccine if that’s what he chooses to do.

The mainstream media can try to make Kaepernick look like a victim all that they want to, but that’s not what he is at all. If the leftist media wants to see what a true martyr looks like, they can look no further than Kyrie Irving.