Kyrie Irving can keep refusing to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
He just won't play for the Brooklyn Nets until he does.
The Nets announced Tuesday that Irving would not play or practice with them until he could be a full participant, ending the idea that he would play in only road games.
Irving hasn't said he isn't vaccinated, asking for privacy when he spoke via Zoom during the team's media day on Sept. 27.
But he had rarely been with the team in New York, where a mandate requires professional athletes playing for a team in the city have to be vaccinated against COVID-19 to play or practice in public venues.
“Kyrie's made it clear that he has a choice in this matter and it's ultimately going to be up to him what he decides,” general manager Sean Marks said.
“We respect the fact that he has a choice, he can make his own and right now what's best for the organization is the path that we're taking.”