One NBA star, Kevin Durant, has taken to the press to rip into Mayor Eric Adams of New York, the tyrant that has kept a vaccine mandate imposed on New York City as most of the country lightens up and does away with such policies.
In doing so, Durant is standing up to the ruling regime and defending liberty, whatever the cost might be. Watch him do so here:
Kevin Durant on Kyrie Irving not being able to play at home:
"We're all confused. Pretty much everybody in the world is confused at this point. Early on in the season, people didn't understand what was going on but now, it just looks stupid. Eric, you gotta figure this out." pic.twitter.com/t8aBEBEZEA
— Nets Videos (@SNYNets) March 13, 2022
As you can hear in the video, Durant says:
“It’s ridiculous. I don’t get it. It just feels like at this point now somebody’s trying to make a statement or a point to flex their authority.
“Everybody out here’s looking for attention. That’s what I feel the mayor wants right now, is some attention. But he’ll figure it out soon, he better.
“Are they fearing our safety? I don’t get it. We’re all confused. Everybody in the world is confused at this point. Early on in the season, people didn’t understand what was going on. But now, it just looks stupid. Hopefully, Eric, you gotta figure this out.”
Indeed, it is ridiculous. Irving can enter the stadium and watch his teammates play; that’s okay. But he can’t hop down onto the court and play with them. Oh, and he can play in other cities. The science is apparently different there, or something.
MSN, reporting on the current situation with Irving, notes that:
Irving, a star guard for the Nets, remains unable to play with his team on their home court because he is unvaccinated. Irving can play in most road games but is ineligible to play in games in New York City — at Barclays Center and Madison Square Garden — because of the city’s private sector vaccine mandate.
However, like other unvaccinated individuals, Irving is now permitted to attend the game and do so without wearing a mask.
So you can see how utterly ridiculous that is, here he is at that game without a mask or jab, able to sit but unable to sit with his team or play:
Kyrie Irving sitting courtside for the Nets-Knicks game, in a game he can't play in because of NYC private sector Vaxx mandate pic.twitter.com/9vgG1rEBq2
— Gifdsports (@gifdsports) March 13, 2022
Makes total sense! I wonder how “the science” figured out that sitting in the crowded bleachers without a mask or jab is safe but playing on the court, sitting with the team, and walking into the locker room with the team isn’t. I never would have realized that without “the science,” that’s for sure!
We’ll see how much longer this insanity goes on before Eric Adams and the other mayors maintaining mandates give up and cancel the mandates, then pretending like they never even instituted them in the first place. My guess would be that the next election might have a role to play in that shift…not “the science.”
What’s clear, however, is that the discontent with the Covid-related mandates is growing. Durant is no conservative, no rock-ribbed defender of libertarian ideals. But he can see how government action has made life worse for him and others in the NBA.
So, rather than sit quietly about it, rather than just go along with something he understands and hates, he’s fighting back by calling out not just the policy, but the tyrant responsible for it. That takes guts and, whatever his politics, he should be praised for it.