What the Brooklyn Nets are doing is ridiculous.
When the wave of Omicron hit America in December, their organization was hit hard. In fact, it was hit so hard that they decided to make a logical move and introduce an unvaccinated player, Kyrie Irving, into this environment. He is not the only unvaccinated player to participate in professional sports, but his situation is different. According to the “Key to NYC,” executive order, unvaccinated residents are not allowed to participate in indoor activities such as a professional basketball game.
Due to the law, the Nets had originally made a good decision not to play against Irving at all this season, although he could have played in road games. But during their December COVID outbreak, they changed their mind and allowed Irving to become one of the most unique part-time employees you’ll ever see.
However, the Nets may not have to keep it up with this nonsense. Stefan Bondy of The New York Daily News reported on Wednesday that the fine for failing to comply with these rules is a progressive fine that starts at $1,000 and escalates to $5,000 per violation.
In comparison, during the Kings of Comedy tour in the late 1990s and early 2000s, the show was fined $7,500 for smoking cigars in arenas. What have they done about it? tHello paid the fine prior to each show.
The Nets might as well do the same. Kyrie Irving and the Nets organization both have a lot more money than Steve Harvey, DL Hughley, Cedric the Entertainer and the late Bernie Mac at the turn of the millennium. COVID is clearly more serious than smoking cigars in a locker room, but by letting him into the team, the Nets are putting all of the most vulnerable people at risk: employees of the Brooklyn Nets.
From players to security, the day-to-day staff are the people most at risk of getting anything from Irving. They are in the locker room, on the plane and bus, and in the practice facility. “Key to NYC,” not even forbid Irving from entering the Nets’ training facility, which is in Brooklyn. The cat is already out of the bag, so just pay the fine, or make him pay, and take him to court.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported today that the NBA sent a memo in September stating that local laws must be followed and players who do not follow them will not be allowed to play. But by paying the fine, the Nets and Irving would more or less abide by the rules. It’s not like the NYPD would prohibit Irving from entering Barclays Center. This is just a parking ticket. If it is not a tow area, you can park wherever you want, provided you pay the fine on time.
We hit hard on Irving for not getting the vaccine, and for good reason. Receiving the COVID vaccine and booster is the intelligent thing to do. The fact that there are drugs that have been approved by health organizations around the world to fight a once-in-a-generation pandemic, and that drugs have become a political issue, is just one example of how this planet is turning into a hellscape. is. The Nets have already shown how they feel about setting an example for COVID prudence by allowing an unvaccinated Irving to join a team that was in the midst of a COVID outbreak.
Irving on the floor has already started paying dividends. The Chicago Bulls are No. 1 overall in the Eastern Conference, and with Irving on the floor Wednesday night, the Nets nip the Bulls 138-112 on national television. Sure, it would look bad for the Nets and for the NBA if a fine were paid to let Irving play, but it couldn’t look any worse than it already is. If Irving gets to play for the Brooklyn Nets at all, it’s best for all parties involved if he plays all the time.