ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith told NBA star Kyrie Irving “to hell with you” in a fierce rebuke against CNN’s “Don Lemon Tonight” vaccine. (Watch the video below.)
Irving was suspended by the Brooklyn Nets earlier today for not getting the shot, a challenge that would limit him to less than half of 82 games scheduled as New York City mandates vaccination for indoor arenas .
Los Angeles and San Francisco will apply similar policies. The Nets have said Irving will stay on the sidelines for all games, at home and away, until he can fully participate.
Asked about the suspension, Smith called it “well deserved”.
The sports network’s star commentator berated Irving for turning down a vaccine taken by billions in an act of defiance that hurts his team – perhaps the frontrunner to win the NBA title if left intact.
“As far as I’m concerned, fuck with you!” Smith said. “Sit him down, let him stay home, don’t pay him a dime.”
The Athletic, citing anonymous sources who claim to know Irving’s position, reported on Tuesday that the player was not against the vaccine, but was upset by the vaccination warrants which are costing people jobs.
“Kyrie wants to be the voice of the voiceless,” a source told the outlet.
Several prominent voices have called on BS on this matter.
Golden State Warriors forward Andrew Wiggins recently ended his vaccine challenge, avoiding an estimated $ 9 million loss in wages.