Anti mandate protesters storm Barclays Center-banned player

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25 Oct 2021, 8:13 am

New York City law says you must be vaccinated to enter indoor arenas. Kyrie Irving is a superstar basketball player for the Brooklyn Nets who has refused to get vaccinated. This means he is ineligible to play all home games plus the two road games in Madison Square Garden against the New York Knicks. Instead of dealing with the disruption the Brooklyn Nets decided he will not be playing at all. He will get paid for road games but if his boycott lasts all season he will lose out on 16 million dollars in salary.
Protesters storm arena entrance before Brooklyn Nets home opener over team's refusal to let unvaccinated star Kyrie Irving play

There was drama outside the site of the Brooklyn Nets home opener Sunday.

Protesters tried storming a Barclays Center entrance over the team's decision not to let star Kyrie Irving play because he won't get vaccinated against COVID-19.

Irving has said this isn't about being for or against vaccines, but "about being true to what feels good" for him.

Rally organizers said they were taking a stand against New York City's vaccine mandate.

Just before Sunday's 4 p.m. tipoff, barricades at Barclays Center entrances were removed.

A man dressed in red is seen on video summoning people to come in, and protesters using all their might try to break through a group of security guards who eventually get hold of them and close all the doors for a short time.

The rally started hours before the game at a park about a mile away from Barclays.

It was organized by groups including Teachers for Choice as well as Rev. Kevin McCall and Black Lives Matter activist Hank Newsome, who marched to Barclays with signs.

Once there, McCall and Newsome got upset when they were told the DJ outside Barclays couldn't turn down the music for a few minutes -- and then dozens swarmed the plaza.

"Let Kyrie play!" some chanted.

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