The corona regulations in New York and San Francisco are particularly strict. Without a vaccination, you are denied access to the interior of a restaurant, museum or sports stadium. This rule also applies to multi-million dollar sports stars. Basketball player Kyrie Irving will feel that.
Because the US Olympic champion from 2014 has been under contract with the Brooklyn Nets for two years. The NBA team plays its home games in the middle of New York not far from the Statue of Liberty. Means: No access to the games in the Barclays Arena without a vaccination.
And just under a tenth of the wages for each missed match. That is what the league has agreed with the players’ union. In the case of Irvings, who earns 32 million francs per year, this means: a loss of 350,000 francs – per missed game!
It would be 14 million for the whole season
Irving says that he would like to keep the answer to the vaccination question “private”. For the US media, however, it is clear that the American with Australian roots belongs to the group of around 40 vaccination-rejecters among the NBA players – at least since the media day last week when Irving tuned in via video and did not appear on site could.
If Irving stays the same with his decision and the Corona regulations in New York until the end of the season next spring, he will have to reckon with around 14 million francs in wages, according to “Espn”.
Irving, as an unvaccinated professional, is one of the few in US sport who is threatened by the scenario with a hefty loss of wages, but not the only one. In the NHL, for example, Pius Suter’s Detroit team-mate Tyler Bertuzzi (26) is expected to forego 370,000 francs per season because of the vaccination refusal. Two coaches had to take their hats in the best ice hockey league in the world.
Irving’s NBA competitor Andrew Wiggins (26), on the other hand, who was thrown out with his application for an exemption from the league, has now been vaccinated, according to “Espn”. (str)