The NBA star Kyrie Irving was benched by the Brooklyn Nets this week for refusing to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Now, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) is rushing to Irving’s defense and calling out the NBA on their hypocrisy.
“The fascist NBA won’t let Kyrie Irving play for refusing a vaccine. But yet they still let Magic Johnson play with HIV,” Greene tweeted.
The fascist NBA won’t let Kyrie Irving play for refusing a vaccine.
But yet they still let Magic Johnson play with HIV.
— Marjorie Taylor Greene 🇺🇸 (@mtgreenee) October 14, 2021
Yahoo News reported that Greene was referring to the fact that the NBA never took issue with Johnson playing after he announced that he had been diagnosed with HIV back in 1991. While Johnson retired that year, he would have been allowed to continue playing had he chosen to do so.
This came after the Nets announced that Irving would not participate in any team activities until he gets vaccinated.
“Kyrie has made a personal choice, and we respect his individual right to choose,” Nets General Manager Sean Marks said in a statement, according to NBC News. “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.”
Irving has since said that he has no plans to retire as he also defended his decision not to get the shot.
“It’s not about being anti-vax, or about being, you know, one side or the other, it’s just really about being true to what feels good for me,” Irving said on Instagram Live, according to The Denver Channel.
Irving went on to say that nobody should be forced to do anything with their bodies against their will.
“If you choose to get the vaccine, I support you,” Irving said. “If you choose to be unvaccinated, I support you. ”
While Irving declined to say if he plans to get vaccinated, he did say that he has some concerns about the shots.
“I’m still uncertain about a lot of things, and that’s OK,” he said. “You know, If I’m going to be demonized for having more questions, and taking my time to make a decision with my life, then that’s just what it is.”
While Irving could lose $17 million if he misses every game this season, he doesn’t seem to care about that.
“It’s not about the money, baby. It’s not always about the money,” he said. “It’s about choosing what’s best for you. You think I really want to lose money? You think I really want to give up on my dream to go after a championship? You think I really just want to give up my job?”