During the Alliance Media Day, Irving refused to disclose his vaccination status, saying that he “wants to keep all this confidential.”
The visiting team players who compete in the city arena are not included in the local government’s vaccination mission.
Irving said: “I know I will be there every day no matter what, appearing in front of my teammates as one of the leaders of the team.”
“I know that the focus must be at the highest level in history, without distraction. This is the last thing I want to create, more distraction, more noise and more drama.
“I am doing my best to maintain this with good intentions and a good mentality.”
Abdul-Jabbar, who has always supported vaccination, later told Tang Lemon of CNN, “I don’t think they behave like good teammates or good citizens.”
“This is a war we are involved in. Masks and vaccines-they are the weapons we use to fight this war,” he added.
Some players are hesitant about the vaccine
However, Irving is one of many NBA players who refuse to be vaccinated or express hesitant to vaccinate.
Isaac clarified his comments at a press conference on Monday when he said: “I am not against vaccines. I am not against medicine. I am not against science. I am not reaching the current vaccination status through studying black history or watching Donald. Trump press conference.
“I pay the highest tribute to every medical staff and every person in Orlando and all those who work tirelessly to ensure our safety.”
According to the NBA’s warning, CNN learned that the Knicks have fully vaccinated all players, while the Nets and Warriors have not yet done so, or have been exempted.
The league announced on Friday that the NBA rejected Golden State Warriors star Andrew Wiggins’ request for religious exemption from vaccination, which made him ineligible for home games until he met San Francisco’s vaccination requirements.
The lack of vaccination for some NBA players reflects a national trend in the United States. The daily rate of new Covid-19 vaccination is the lowest level since mid-January, when the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention began tracking data.
The average rate of the first shot within 7 days has decreased by 31% from last week and by nearly 50% from a month ago-55% of the total US population has been vaccinated.
Since this year’s NBA season will begin on October 19th, the question of whether players throughout the league will change their positions or abandon the game still remains.