Under New York City's insane, idiotic, and draconian Covid restrictions, Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving is allowed to sit in the stands and watch his team play basketball, but he's not allowed to play in the game.
Because SCIENCE! Or something like that.
This is absolute madness. The inconsistencies and hypocrisy of Covid regulations are seen nowhere more clearly than in the Barclay Center in Brooklyn.
So, what's going on here?
Late in February, New York City mayor Eric Adams announced that he was planning to remove the city's public sector vaccine and mask mandates. Those rules were officially relaxed on March 7, which meant unvaccinated persons -- including Irving -- were no longer barred from public spaces such as bars, gyms and large venues including Barclays Center.
So if he's allowed in the building, why is he not allowed to play? New York City also has a private sector vaccine mandate which has been in place since Dec. 27, and Adams announced that it will remain in place. If you work for a New York-based business, you must be vaccinated to show up to work. We saw this in action in February when Adams fired over 1,000 city workers who refused to get the vaccine.
In short, Irving can be at Barclays Center on his own time, but he cannot be there as an employee suiting up for the Nets.
Adams has lessened the restrictions on public spaces, but if you are an employee in a New York-based business you have to get the jab to keep your job.
So Irving can watch the game, unmasked, but cannot play in the game.
Irving is still allowed to play in road games outside of New York City.
As everyone knows, Covid cannot spread if you are playing basketball as the away team, and cannot spread if you are a fan of the game, but if you are on the home team and don't have the jab then Covid is basically coming to kill you and everyone you love.
Trust the experts!
"It would send the wrong message just to have an exception for one player when we're telling countless number of New York City employees, 'If you don't follow the rules, you won't be able to be employed,'" Adams said in an appearance on CNBC's "Squawk on the Street" recently.
"Businesses have their vaccine mandate," Adams continued. "City employees have their vaccine mandates. I have to follow the rules. And trust me, I want Kyrie on the court. We are here right now opening our city because of vaccine mandates. We can't close down again..."
Adams, though, has shown no interest in creating a loophole to allow Irving to play, and is not going to remove the mandates for the entire city in order to placate one (extremely high-profile) person. While speaking to reporters on Sunday, Adams was heckled by a fan about Irving not being allowed to play.
"You're right, son," Adams said. "Thank you. Listen, you're right. Kyrie can play tomorrow. Get vaccinated."
He can play tomorrow if he gets vaccinated? Is that how the vax works? You get the first dose and you are immediately unable to catch and spread Covid?
So much for being driven by the science!
If even the King of the Ballonheads, Lebron James, sees that your policy is insane, then it's really insane.
Here's a solution to that: GET OFF YOUR HIGH HORSE AND REVOKE THE MANDATE FOR EVERYONE, YOU ABSOLUTE JACKWAGON!
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