NBA Fans React to Nets Getting $50K Fine for Letting Kyrie Irving in Team Locker Room During Home Game

NBA Fans are reacting to the league fining the Brooklyn Nets $50K for letting Kyrie Irving into the locker room despite him being allowed to watch the game.

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Kyrie Irving

The Brooklyn Nets were fined $50K after letting Kyrie Irving into the locker room during their last home game against the New York Knicks this past Sunday, and NBA fans are not happy about it.

The league released a statement on Monday saying that the Nets were being penalized for “violating local New York City law and league health and safety protocols” by letting Kyrie interact with other Nets players in the locker room, despite the fact that Irving was allowed to attend the home game as a spectator in the Barclays Center.

The following was released by the NBA.

— NBA Communications (@NBAPR) March 14, 2022

Due to the private sector mandate still being in place in New York City, Kyrie is allowed to be in attendance at homes games now but still can’t play since he’s unvaccinated, a rule that feels a bit counterintuitive to some. NBA fans also sounded off when news broke that Irving would be in the building in the first place.

Brooklyn’s Kyrie Irving is expected to sit courtside to support teammates at Nets-Knicks on Sunday afternoon at Barclays Center.

Irving is able to attend the game as a spectator, move freely, maskless … but cannot play due to private sector mandate.

— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) March 13, 2022

Irving has yet to play basketball in the Barclays Center all season because of the league’s COVID-19 health and safety protocols. The Nets guard only started playing in away games in January when the league loosened its COVID restrictions for unvaccinated players. With the playoffs quickly approaching, it will be interesting to see if Adam Silver and NYC mayor Eric Adams will make any changes to the current rules to allow for Irving to play at home.

Check out what fans had to say about the league’s decision down below.

they literally let him sit front row why can’t he be in the locker room ??

— Amare (@Amare4PF) March 14, 2022


He wasnt sitting on the bench, he was in the stands. People are mad about Kyrie not playing, but there is thousands of regular people living in NY that are unable to work due to this mandate. Everyone has to obey the law, including the NBA .

— yvette (@yvette75338720) March 14, 2022


NBA getting ready to fine Brooklyn;

— Lil.4ng3l (@LTKAngel1) March 14, 2022

— ︎ȶei (@notorioustei) March 14, 2022

— Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo (@hey_joeyjojo) March 14, 2022

$50K fine to the Nets:

— Kevin Thang (@Skip2MyJays) March 14, 2022

On the court: not okay
In the locker room: not okay
In the stands of the same building:

— Alex Scherer (@Alex_Scherer93) March 14, 2022

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