The COVID compliance crowd is pulling out all the stops, compelling their fellow citizens to do what they cannot convince them to do willingly. But not everyone is so easily bullied into servility.
Because of New York’s Vaxx mandate, Kyrie Irving was given an ultimatum. Given a choice between holding the line on his bodily autonomy and knucking under to just get ‘the jab’ for the sake of his job, he chose to continue his principled stand.
“I chose to be unvaccinated, and that was my choice,” Irving explained recently on Instagram Live. “And I would ask y’all just to respect that choice, and I am gonna just continue to stay in shape, be ready to play, be ready to rock out with my teammates, and just be part of this whole thing.” — CBS Sports
With New York being a state that recently legalized abortion from conception right up to the moment of delivery, you’d think the ‘my body my choice’ argument would carry more weight.
The Nets COULD have let Irving play in road games where his vax status would not be an barrier to playing. But his team made a decision to exclude him from playing at all.
Fans, naturally, have personalized this issue and have been polarizing the private decision of a man most of them have never met in real life.
Floyd Mayweather, a legend in his own sport, has met the Irving, and has a public message for him.
It’s the kind of message all Americans would have instinctively known not so long ago, before we were trained to live in fear.
It’s a reminder that we didn’t always expect people to walk lockstep.
Choice is defined as an act of selecting or making a decision when faced with two or more possibilities. America gave us the choice to take the vaccine or not take the vaccine. As time moves on, that choice is gradually being stripped from us. pic.twitter.com/7F6RsWaDkL
— Floyd Mayweather (@FloydMayweather) October 25, 2021
The first part is a personalized introduction to what Mayweather is saying. The part he had taken time to write out begins with ‘America is…’
Kyrie, what’s up. I know you’re going through a lot. We had a chance to hang out in 2016 when you represented America, when you represented the Red White and Blue. You only want to be treated fair.
I was gonna post something on one of my social media pages, but I decided to do it the old school way and read it out to you, ’cause you’re a great person, great father, great athlete, and you believe what you believe.
America is the land of the free. Freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and supposedly, freedom to choose. Never be controlled by money. I respect you for having some integrity and being your own man. A free mind makes his own choices and an enslaved mind follows the crowd. Stand for something or fall for anything. One man can lead a revolution to stand up and fight for what’s right.
… can change the world. It’s crazy how people hate you for being a leader. I hope your actions encourage many others to stand up and say ‘enough is enough’. Respect to you Kyrie and power to the people.
The turnout of New Yorkers protesting the vax requirement of city employees was enormous… right there on the Brooklyn Bridge.
MASSIVE turnout at NYC's anti-vaccine mandate protest across the Brooklyn Bridge. HOLD THE LINE ? pic.twitter.com/hru4WIO6jx
— RSBN ?? (@RSBNetwork) October 25, 2021
Between that and the protests outside of the arena itself, the Nets management might want to ask themselves if they backed the right horse in this fight. If ever there was a moment in our history where we desperately needed reminding what it is that ‘America is’… this is that moment.
A free people must — by definition — make free moral choices.
Thank you Mr. Mayweather adding your voice to that conversation.
Hopefully, someone out there is listening.
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