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Nobody is ‘Enslaving Me’: Kyrie Throws Down on Press for Questioning His Vaccine Decision

Kyrie Irving has returned to playing home games in Brooklyn, the home of the Nets and some of the most ridiculous Covid mandates in the country.

At a press conference, Irving gave an inspiring defense of his decision to carry through his opposition to being vaccinated for Covid against his will. Watch:

“The point of this season for me was never to just take a stand,” he said. “It was really to make sure that I’m standing on what I believe in — in freedom.”

“Freedom,” he reiterated. “I don’t think that’s a word that gets defined enough in our society, about the freedom to make choices, whether that carries over into nuances of our society that politicians control, the government controls or things people that empower the powers may be, right, that control.”

“I’m standing for freedom,” he said. “So, that’s in all facets of my life and there’s nobody that’s enslaving me. There’s nobody telling me that what I’m going to do with my life. And that’s just the way I am.”

“And if I get tarnished, you know, in terms of my image and people try to slander my name continuously because, you know, that’s those aren’t things that I forget,” he added. “You know, I haven’t forgotten anything that anybody said. I don’t read everything, but I definitely read some things that put my family’s name in a [inaudible] position that I believe are unfair.”

“I’ve been discriminated against,” he continued. “You know, people have said things that have been biased, they’ve, they’ve gone against their own morals. And where we live in today, I have such a strong, moral code of just being honest, being truthful, following God’s guidance, God’s guidance, and just living with the results. But in terms of that, that’s selfless. I’m a servant. So I’m comfortable being in that position.”

It’s hard to hear a message from Kyrie Irving that could be any more selfless and principled than that. Irving, unlike many of his critics, not only talked the talk, but he walked the walk. He put his livelihood on the line for what he believed in. He risked penalties, ostracism, and even league retribution for refusing to go along with the mob mentality that defined much of America’s dictatorial and futile Covid response.

Speaking of which, New York’s mayor Eric Adams continued to prove his critics right on Saturday that the city’s Covid policies weren’t about health so much as politics all along.

“New York City Mayor Eric Adams doubled down on his controversial decision to lift the city’s vaccine mandate for professional athletes and performers, but not city workers, insisting that it doesn’t set up a dangerous double standard as critics have said,” NBC News reported on Saturday.

“Facing full-court pressure, Adams on Friday emphasized that he was simply closing a loophole from the last administration, which prevented hometown athletes from playing home games if they weren’t vaccinated — but allowed unvaccinated visiting players to still participate.”

“He called it a matter of leveling the playing field, even if some weren’t buying it,” the report continued. “Many have said Adams’ order does the exact opposite, favoring millionaires over the general public that elected him.”

Two firefighters’ union heads have demanded that Mayor Adams lift the COVID-19 mandate for their members, the New York Post reported.

“We insist that it be extended to the people that work in New York City for New York City,” Lt. James McCarthy, president of the FDNY-Fire Officers Association, said. “When the stages went dark and the games ended two years ago, we still came to work.”

“If you’re going to remove the vaccine mandate for certain people in the city, you need to remove it for everybody in the city,” FDNY-Firefighters Association President Andrew Ansbro added.

It turns out the Democratic Party is no longer the party of equality. Or freedom, for that matter. Kyrie Irving’s heroic stand has exposed that political reality for all the world to see.

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