The Nets could have allowed Irving to play in road games, but they decided he would not be with the team until he can be a full participant. Irving explained in an Instagram Live post that he was doing “which is best for me.”
Protester Curtis Orwell said he and others are fighting for “bodily autonomy and sovereignty” and the right to choose what happens in their bodies.
“We also know a lot more than what we knew 18 months ago about the virus,” he said. “We have therapies that have been tried and proven with great success. Unfortunately, this kind of voice is totally suppressed and censored.
Orwell said he was not vaccinated and knew of people who had lost their jobs because they weren’t.
“It doesn’t feel right to them and it’s OK,” he said. “We have to respect that. “
There were a lot of empty seats in the arena as the game against the Charlotte Hornets was due to begin, although it was not clear if the commotion in the plaza had caused it. The square has been fitted out with basketball hoops so fans arriving early can shoot and listen to musical performances.
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Brian Mahoney, The Associated Press