"Thank Mayor Adams": Kyrie Irving reignites anti-vaccination suspension controversy as courtside Nets fan heckles him

Kyrie Irving returns to Barclays Center for the first time since the Brooklyn Nets traded him to the Dallas Mavericks last year.

Uncle Drew" reportedly requested a transfer after failing to receive a max extension from the Nets.

Brooklyn traded Irving to Dallas for Spencer Dinwiddie, Dorian Finney-Smith, a 2029 first-round pick, and two second-round picks in 2027 and 2029.

Irving's three-and-a-half seasons with the Nets were filled with drama. The most significant occurred during the 2021-22 season,

when he played only 29 games after refusing to take the COVID-19 vaccine. When he returned to Brooklyn, he was met with loud boos practically every time he touched the ball.

Late in the fourth quarter, a courtside spectator asked Kyrie Irving why he wasn't doing well for the Nets. The mercurial point guard responded:

The Mayor of New York City, which includes Brooklyn, issued a decree mandating everyone in indoor venues to have the COVID-19 vaccine.

During the peak of the pandemic, practically everyone wanted to obtain the vaccine. Irving was one of the few who refused to get vaccinated.

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