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New York City Mayor Eric Adams said Wednesday he thinks the city’s rule barring Brooklyn Nets player Kyrie Irving from playing in NBA home games because he wasn’t vaccinated was “unfair” since visIAccording to reports, unvaccinated players can play.
Adams, however, said he was reluctant to change the rule because it would send a “mixed message” that an exception can be made for a celebrity but not for regular employees or members of the public in the arena, reported. the New York Post.
All employees and members of the public at Brooklyn Barclays Center or any other New York City entertainment venue must be vaccinated.
Adams’ comments came two days after more than 1,400 city workers, including police, firefighters and teachers, were fired for refusing to get vaccinated.
“First of all, I think the rule is unfair,” Adams told reporters. “I believe we’re telling out-of-town athletes that they can come in and not be vaccinated. Yet New York athletes need to be vaccinated and they do that for entertainers as well. I want people know that. Artists can come here without being vaccinated or performing. I think that’s unfair.”
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Since December, the team has allowed Irving to play away games in cities that don’t require players to be vaccinated. The NBA does not require players to be vaccinated.
“I’m really, really suspicious of sending the wrong message,” Adams added. “City shutdown keeps me awake at night. And the message has been put in place, the rule has been put in place. To start changing it now, I think, would send mixed messages. So I had to wrong with that.”
NBA commissioner Adam Silver agreed the rule is a “weird” because it only applies to home players.
“I think if ultimately this rule is about protecting people who are in the arena, it just doesn’t make sense to me that an unvaccinated away player can play at Barclays but the home player doesn’t. can’t,” he said. “To me, that’s a reason why they should take a look at this prescription.”
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Former mayor Bill de Blasio created the rule and Adams kept it in place, according to the Post.
Adams’ office did not immediately return Fox News’ request for comment overnight.