Durant Slams NYC For Vaccine Mandates After Kyrie Irving Attends Home Game


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Kevin Durant had plenty to say to NYC Mayor Eric Adams after his fellow Brooklyn Nets teammate Kyrie Irving was watching Sunday's (March 13) match up agains the New York Knicks from court side seats.

Irving, 29, hasn't been allowed to play at home throughout the entire season due to the city's vaccine mandates, and recent changes to the pandemic-related protocols still won't allow him to suit up and play –– but Kyrie is allowed to sit inside the Barclay's arena, unmasked.

"It's ridiculous," Durant said of Kyrie's situation to reporters after dropping 53 points for the Nets' victory. "I don't understand it at all. There's a few people in our arena that's unvaxxed, rights? They lifted all of that in our arena right? So I don't get it ... I don't get it," Durant added.

"It just feels like at this point now, somebody's trying to make a statement or a point to flex their authority," Durant continued, after calling Mayor Adams out by name. "But everybody out here is looking for attention and that's what I feel like the mayor wants right now, is some attention. But he'll figure it out soon. He better."

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver also spoke on NYC's vaccine rules recently after pointing out that under the rules, unvaccinated players from other teams are allowed to participate in games at Barclay's, but Kyrie can't.

New York City is one of several cities to begin lifting or revising Covid-19 protocols in recent weeks following a steep decline in Covid-19 cases.

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