Kyrie Irving has been slammed for refusing to get vaccinated against COVID-19 by the former NBA All-Star Charles Barkley, who says he should "get it for other people."
Irving, 29, has chosen not to get vaccinated and has subsequently been dropped by the Brooklyn Nets.
New York City vaccine mandates mean the point guard cannot be in an indoor public space without a vaccination, making him ineligible to play at the Nets' home, the Barclays Center.
Though he would be available to play in games in other cities, the Nets have said they won't allow him to play or practice at all with the team until he gets his first shot.
Irving has not given any specific reason for his choice, other than saying, "I am doing what's best for me" - a stance Barkley says is selfish.
"First of all, you don't get the vaccine for yourself. You get it for other people," Barkley said on TNT ahead of the Nets opening match of the NBA season against the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday.
"I got vaccinated, and I can't wait to get the booster. You get vaccinated for your family first, you get vaccinated for your teammates second. That's what bothers me about the whole thing. I think everybody should get vaccinated."
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