The Profile: Kyrie Irving, the NBA star who is making headlines – and missing games – over his refusal to get a vaccination for Covid-19

The basketball star has asked for privacy but speculation about his vaccination status was all but confirmed when it was reported that he had interacted with Instagram posts from a conspiracy theorist who claims that “secret societies” are implanting vaccines in a plot to connect black people to a master computer for “a plan of Satan”.

Kyrie Irving: the Brooklyn Nets star is currently sitting out the NBA championship over his refusal to be vaccinated against Covid-19. Illustration: Peter Hanan

In brief:

Name and role: Kyrie Irving, All Star point guard for the Brooklyn Nets

Age: 29

Appearance: none this season, due to his refusal to be vaccinated

Newsworthiness: the free-thinking basketball player has become a figurehead for a group pushing back against the Democrats’ rollout of mandatory Covid-19 vaccinations

In depth:

Last Sunday in New York, as the Brooklyn Nets prepared to host the Charlotte Hornets in the first game of the NBA season, ...