Kyrie Irving cleared to play in home games following Mayor Adams' update to vaccine mandate

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(BROOKLYN, N.Y.) Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving will be able to play in Sunday's home game at the Barclays Center following New York City Mayor Eric Adams' announcement Thursday exempting performers and athletes from the city's vaccination mandate for private businesses.

Irving has not been able to play in home games this season due to his vaccination status, while unvaccinated players on opposing teams were able to take the floor in Brooklyn.

Adams made the announcement at Citi Field, where players on the New York Mets will also benefit from this update, and called the previous exemption "unfair" and a "disadvantage" to New York performers.

The Nets, who are eighth in the Eastern Conference standings and currently in position to play in the play-in tournament, take on the Charlotte Hornets on Sunday.

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