Brooklyn Nets All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving made an appearance in front of fans at the Barclays Center on Sunday, sitting in the stands as Brooklyn took down the New York Knicks 110-107.
Irving didn’t miss the game due to an injury or “load management.” Instead, Irving was forced to sit out Brooklyn’s 34th home game of the season due to being unvaccinated in New York City. He was able to attend the game as a fan after NYC Mayor Eric Adams lifted the public sector vaccine mandate in February. However, the private sector vaccine mandate is still in place, meaning Irving is ineligible to play at either Barclays Center or Madison Square Garden, home of the New York Knicks.
On Monday, the NBA announced that the Nets have been fined $50,000 for allowing Irving into the locker room during Saturday afternoon’s game.
“The Brooklyn Nets organization has been fined $50,000 for violating local New York City law and league health and safety protocols during the team’s March 13th game against the New York Knicks at Barclays Center, the NBA announced today,” NBA communications said in a statement. “The violation occurred when the Nets permitted Kyrie Irving, who was in attendance at the game, to enter the team’s locker room.”
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