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Nets’ Kyrie Irving says he turned down $100 million contract extension to remain unvaccinated

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Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving said he turned down a multi-year contract extension worth about $100 million because he didn’t want to get vaccinated against COVID-19. During a Nets media day on Monday, Irving claimed the Nets had given him an ultimatum about his vaccination status and the deal.

Irving believed the two sides would agree on a new deal before training camp began in 2021.

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“I gave up four years, 100-something million decided not to get vaccinated, and that was the decision,” Irving. said on Monday. “[Get this] contract, vaccinated or not vaccinated, and there is a certain degree of uncertainty about your future, whether you are going to be in this league, whether you are going to be in this team. So I had to deal with the real circumstances where I lost my job because of this decision.”

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“I didn’t understand how not getting vaccinated became a stigma in my career that I didn’t want to act or that I was willing to drop everything to be a voice for the voiceless.”

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Despite Irving’s statements, Nets general manager Sean Marks disagreed with Irving’s analysis of the negotiations between the two parties.

“There is no ultimatum here,” said Marx. “Again, this goes back to the fact that you need reliable people who are here and accountable. All of us: staff, players, coaches, you name it. personal choice. I support Kairi. I think if he wants to, he has made his choice. It is entirely his prerogative.”

Irving ended up being limited to just 29 games in the 2021-2022 season because New York had a COVID-19 vaccination mandate. As a result, the Nets point guard was unable to play for the team in home games.

Irving is currently in the final year of a four-year, $136.4 million contract he signed back in 2019 when he teamed with fellow superstar Kevin Durant in Brooklyn. The Nets star is expected to earn $36 million in the final year of his contract.



Source: www.cbssports.com

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