Floyd Mayweather Jr. Applauds NBA Star Kyrie Irving For Not Giving In To Be Vaccinated

Floyd Mayweather is backing NBA star Kyrie Irving’s choice to not get vaccinated.

Mayweather posted a video on Thursday applauding Irving for standing his ground on being unvaccinated. Irving, who is the Brooklyn Nets point guard, is one of the few players in the professional basketball league who is unvaccinated. Because Irving plays in New York, as per the state mandate, he must be vaccinated against Covid-19 to participate in practices and games.

“Choice is defined as an act of selecting or making a decision when faced with two or more possibilities. America gave us the choice to take the vaccine or not take the vaccine,” Mayweather wrote in the tweet associated with the video. “As time moves on, that choice is gradually being stripped from us.”

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said last week that roughly 96% of their players have been vaccinated. Those who have not been vaccinated are subject to daily testing.

The NBA, including the Barclays Center and Madison Square Garden, requires referees, coaches, media members, trainers and players to be vaccinated. The entire New York Knicks’ team roster has been vaccinated as opposed to the Brooklyn Nets, which is only missing Irving.

Aside from missing out on the new season with high-profile teammates — who fans say can win the championship — Irving is also projected to lose about $17 million of his $35 million salary.

In Mayweather’s video, he said that America boasts about being the land of the free, which should include the choice to participate in a public health ordinance or not. He applauded the basketball star for not being persuaded by losing money.

Drama erupted on Sunday when protestors in solidarity with Irving went south. The protestors tried to storm the entrance in response to the team not letting the point guard play based on his vaccination status.

Irving has previously said that it’s not about being for or against vaccines, but “what feels good” for him.

Mayweather’s public words of support surprised some critics because the boxing legend does not typically touch on controversial topics.

“It’s crazy how people hate you for being a leader,” Mayweather added. “I hope your actions encourage many others to stand up and say enough is enough. Respect to you Kyrie, and power to the people.”

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