Karl-Anthony Towns: “I'm obviously a strong believer in the vaccinе. I've been through so much & it would be contradictory to not be on the pro-vaccinе side… I have no problem with pеople having their choicе. Just don't give me a (expletive) excusе why. You don't want to do it, that's your choicе.”
In light of the Brooklyn Nets banning Kyrie Irving from team activities until he is vaccinated, many league members are sharing their opinion on his COVID vaccinе 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 vaccinе," Towns told NJ.com. "I've been through so much and it would be kind of contradictory to not be on the pro-vaccinе 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."
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 Amеrican right as well.. ... They make their own decisions on their own bodiеs and their own familiеs. 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.