The NBA fined the Brooklyn Nets $50,000 on Monday for allowing Kyrie Irving into their locker room at the Barclays Center in New York.
Because Irving has not been immunized against COVID-19, his presence in that part of the building violated New York City law along with NBA health and safety protocol, according to the league.
Irving sat flirting as a fan on Sunday and watched the Nets beat the New York Knicks 110-107 after Kevin Durant’s season-high 53.
The city has updated its COVID-19 policies to allow unvaccinated people into public spaces such as arenas. So Irving can now attend games at Barclays Center or Madison Square Garden as a fan – but not as an employee, as private sector mandates still apply .
“Like, there have been uncompromising people in this building,” Durant said in defense of Irving, before calling New York mayor Eric Adams.
“Like, I don’t get it. Yes, we are all confused. Pretty much everyone in the world is confused at this point. At the beginning of the season, people didn’t understand what was going on but now it looks stupid. So hopefully, Eric, you have to figure this out. “
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