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Karl-Anthony Towns reacts to Kyrie Irving’s decision to not get COVID-19 vaccination

  • October 14, 2021

banning Kyrie Irving from team activities until he is vaccinated, many league members are sharing their opinion on his COVID vaccine stance, including Karl-Anthony Towns, the Minnesota Timberwolves center who lost seven members of his family to the coronavirus, including his mother in 2020. 

“I’m obviously a strong believer in the vaccine,” Towns told “I’ve been through so much and it would be kind of contradictory to not be on the pro-vaccine side. But what I will say is that I believe in choice and I like to give people their choice and I have no problem with people having their choice.”

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Towns added that he has not yet spoken to Irving about his vaccination status. 

“I think that’s not only a human right, but it’s an American right as well.. … They make their own decisions on their own bodies and their own families. I have no ill will towards that,” Towns continued. “The only thing I would say is just don’t give me a (expletive) excuse why [you don’t get the vaccine]…You don’t want to do it, that’s your choice.”

The Kyrie-less Nets take on the Timberwolves at Barclays Center on Thursday for their fourth preseason game.

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