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Adam Silver, the commissioner of the NBA, said Wednesday that he doesn’t see “sense” in the current format of the mandate for vaccination against COVID-19 in New York, as it prevents unvaccinated local players from competing, but allows unvaccinated visitors to do so.
“The oddity to me is that it only applies to home players. If ultimately that rule is about protecting people in the arena, it just doesn’t make sense to me that an away player who is unvaccinated can play in Barclays, but the home player can’t. To me, that’s a reason they should take a look at that ordinance,” Silver said on ESPN.
Silver referred to Kyrie Irving’s case, of the Brooklyn Nets, who is only playing in his team’s away games and is a fixed casualty at home games because he is not vaccinated.
The commissioner repeatedly stressed that he is in favor of vaccinations against the coronavirus and that the NBA tried to mandate mandatory vaccination of players, but was unable to do so due to the refusal of the Players Association.
He also reported that 97% of NBA players have received the coronavirus vaccine and that many of them already have the third dose.