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Kyrie Irving, star of the NBA's Brooklyn Nets has announced that he will not be taking the covid-19 vaccine. This decision has put his career in jeopardy as he stands to lose his 8 figure annual salary and potentially a 9 figure four-year contract. Instead of respecting the privacy of Irving's personal medical decisions — as his decision is his alone — the mainstream has taken to a virtual tar and feathering of the NBA super star, proving that black voices only matter to them if they toe the establishment line.

"The financial consequences, I know I do not want to even do that," Irving said. "But it is reality that in order to be in New York City, in order to be on a team, I have to be vaccinated. I chose to be unvaccinated, and that was my choice, and I would ask you all to just respect that choice."

Unfortunately for Irving, however, "respect" is the last thing he's getting.

According to the CDC's most recent data, approximately 3,888 people in the age range of 18-29 have died from covid-19. Given the fact that there are roughly 44 million Americans in that age bracket, the chances of Kyrie Irving even having complications from the disease — much less dying from it — are extremely rare, making the idea of forced vaccination that much more asinine.

While there are a few older folks in the NBA, like Vince Carter who retired last year at 43, the majority of the league (55%) is 25 years old or younger, meaning their risk of complications from covid-19 are also extremely low. What's more, as the data currently illustrates, vaccinated individuals can catch, spread, and die from covid-19 as the immune response drops significantly over 6 months.

Nevertheless, the federal government has mandated that any business over 100 employees must force their employees to take the jab or face fines upwards of $700,000.

Not a single NBA player has died from covid-19 over the last 20 months. However, at least one has reported a vaccine injury that he says has ended his career. Brandon Goodwin, an NBA player with the Atlanta Hawks, recently announced that the vaccine injured him with blood clots and the NBA made him keep quiet about it.

“My back really started hurting bad,” Goodwin recalled in a recent Twitch stream. “Then, I’m like, ‘OK. I need to go to the doctor. That’s when I found out I had blood clots. That all within the span of a month.”

When explaining the reason for the blood clots, Goodwin claimed it was the vaccine while the NBA claimed it was a “minor respiratory condition."

“I was fine until then,” Goodwin said. “I was fine up until I took the vaccine, I was fine.”

Blood clots are one of the primary side effects of the vaccines and although they are extremely rare, the fact is, they happen to some people. Goodwin says he is one of those people.

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“People trying to tell you, ‘No. It’s not the vaccine.’ How do you know?” Goodwin asked. “You don’t know.”

“Yes, the vaccine ended my season,” Goodwin said. “One thousand percent.”

When news of this claim made it to social media, it was censored and labeled "misleading."

As he has a near-zero chance of dying from covid-19, Kyrie Irving doesn't feel that benefits of the jab outweigh his risks to him personally, so his choice should be respected and remain private. However, because his choice goes against the established narrative, the corporate media has taken to dragging him through the mud.

On Friday, Forbes led the charge in the virtual tar and feathering and dragged up a two year old blunder in which Kyrie Irving previously thought the Earth was flat. They used this blunder to associate it with his personal medical choice to remain unvaccinated. This is known as the association fallacy and it is used by people whose arguments aren't strong enough to stand on their own, so they bring up a red herring to attempt to discredit their opponent.

Forbes and many others in the media like WaPo, Sports Illustrated, NBC, and others have all taken this "flat Earth" debacle and used it to discredit his personal decision.

We always hear the media talking about elevating black voices but as Irving's case shows us, they only want us to elevate the black voices with which they agree. How else would they continue to drive a wedge into society, fracturing it two by stoking disdain and hatred for individuals who choose not to undergo a certain medical procedure?

While Irving's decision is not some heroic stance as many on the right claim — although risking $186 million is no small decision — it is his stance to make and his alone. Anyone who hates, lambasts, smears, or attempts to discredit him for this personal choice, is proving that they don't care about rights, privacy, or individual liberty. They care about control.

In an interview last week, Irving explained exactly why that is.

"This is my life," Irving said. "I get to do whatever I want with this, this is one body that I get here. And you are telling me what to do with my body. ... This has everything to do with what is going on in our world. And I am being grouped into something that is bigger than just the game of basketball."