Sports at a glance
No vaccine, then no Irving
NEW YORK –The Brooklyn Nets announced Tuesday that until he gets the COVID-19 vaccine, Kyrie Irving would not play or practice with them until he could be a full participant, ending the idea that he would play in only road games.
Irving hasn’t said he isn’t vaccinated, asking for privacy when he spoke via Zoom during the team’s media day on Sept. 27.
But he had rarely been with the team in New York, where a mandate requires professional athletes playing for a team in the city have to be vaccinated against COVID-19 to play or practice in public venues.
Teams aren’t allowed to reveal private details of players’ health. But asked Tuesday if Irving was vaccinated, Nets GM Sean Marks said: “If he was vaccinated, we wouldn’t be having this discussion. I think that’s probably pretty clear.”
Coach Steve Nash had said that the Nets knew they were going to be missing Irving for some games. For now, at least, it will be all of them.
NHL: Only 4 not vaccinated
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said the league has only four unvaccinated players as it opens up the 2021-22 season.
Bettman was in attendance for the regular-season opener between the back to back Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning and the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday night.
“Everybody banding together to do the right thing,” Bettman said. “Maybe that’s why hockey is the ultimate team sport.”
Bettman said NHL officials and all the personnel that come into contact with the players are vaccinated.
“”It’s something we take seriously,” Bettman said. “Health and safety has been and will continue to be paramount.”
There are still COVID-19 cases involving players that are fully vaccinated.
The expansion Seattle Kraken will be missing a number of players due to Covid-19 protocols for their first game Tuesday night at Las Vegas.
The Associated Press