ESPN's Stephen A. Smith Goes Scorched-Earth On Benched NBA Star Kyrie Irving
ESPN's Stephen A. Smith told NBA star Kyrie Irving at the bench that he was "to hell with you" when he ranted the vaccine holdout on CNN's "Don Lemon Tonight". (Check out the video below.)
Irving was banned from the Brooklyn Nets earlier in the day for failing to get vaccinated, a defiance that would limit him to less than half of the 82 scheduled games as New York City mandated indoor vaccination.
Los Angeles and San Francisco will enforce similar policies. The Nets said Irving would pause all games, home and away, until he can fully participate.
When asked about the suspension, Smith called it "well deserved".
The sports network star commentator blamed Irving for rejecting a billion dollar vaccine that harms his team - perhaps the favorite to win the NBA title if left intact.
"As for me, the hell with you!" said blacksmith. "Put him down, let him stay at home, don't pay him a penny."
Citing anonymous sources who claim to know Irving's stance, The Athletic reported Tuesday that the player is not against the vaccine but is angry with vaccination regulations that are costing people jobs.
"Kyrie wants to be a voice for the voiceless," said a point of sale source.
Several prominent voices named B.S. on this.
Golden State Warriors striker Andrew Wiggins recently ended his vaccine deficit and avoided an estimated $ 9 million wage drop.
This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.
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