In today’s installment of “things Kyrie Irving posts on Twitter,” the Nets star guard appears to have reacted to a video of Mayor Eric Adams receiving a live COVID-19 shot.
The mayor’s appearance was part of a campaign to promote booster shots against COVID-19 in New York City, as it ends the private employer mandate for the vaccine but maintains the mandate for city workers.
Irving, who is the most famous unvaccinated NBA player and the only known unvaccinated NBA player in New York, tweeted in defense of the unvaccinated — and thus unemployed — workforce suffering because of their decision to forego the vaccine against COVID-19.
“If I can work and be unvaccinated, then all my brothers and sisters who are also unvaccinated should be able to do the same without being discriminated against, shamed or fired,” he wrote. “This forced vaccine/pandemic is one of the biggest HUMAN RIGHTS abuses in history.”
Irving, of course, took the biggest stand in basketball last season when he chose not to vaccinate in a city with a vaccine mandate for professional athletes. The mandate – which was lifted for professional athletes in March – has given him away ineligible to play in home games at the Barclays Center.
The Nets also kept Irving out play road games or practice at home until the league-wide COVID-19 outbreak sent three-quarters of the roster into the league’s health and safety protocols for a third of the season.
Irving’s tweet came two days after President Joe Biden declared the COVID-19 pandemic over. “The pandemic is over,” Biden said Sunday. “We still have a problem with Covid. We are still working on it a lot. This – but the pandemic is over.”
“The worst part of the pandemic may be in our rearview mirror,” the mayor said Tuesday.
Fifteen minutes after his first tweet, Irving continued: “Use me God,” he wrote. “Without fear.”
Irving it got hot at the weekend for re-accessing a 2002 clip of Alex Jones promoting the New World Order on his Instagram story. In the clip, titled “Alex Jones Tried to Warn Us,” Jones, who was discredited in court and admitted he deliberately lied about the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, says the government is trying to control people by unleashing “diseases and viruses and plagues on us.” .
“Yes, there were corrupt empires. Yes, they manipulate. Yes, there were secret societies. Yes, there have been oligarchies in history,” Jones says in the clip. “And so today, in 2002, there is a tyrannical organization calling itself the New World Order, which is pushing for a world government, a cashless society, complete and utter tyranny. Thanks to the centralization and socialization of health care, the state becomes god mainly with your health, and then by unleashing diseases, viruses and plagues on us, we are then basically pushed into their system, where people are absolutely worthless.