Black Lives Matter and anti-mandate protesters joined forced to storm Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on Sunday in support of Kyrie Irving, an NBA player who has been banned from playing for not being vaccinated.
The Brooklyn Nets player was barred from playing in home games and has been essentially shelved from the team.
The unlikely mix of protesters from across the political spectrum were chanting “Stand With Kyrie” as they burst through the doors during Sunday’s game.
Protestors marching through Brooklyn to Barclays Center, chanting “Stand with Kyrie.” Irving is ineligible for #Nets home games – and was essentially shelved by the team altogether – because he won’t adhere to the city’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate. #NBA https://t.co/yIQef6aFXU
— Brian Lewis (@NYPost_Lewis) October 24, 2021
— Leeroy Johnson (@LeeroyPress) October 24, 2021
Supporters of Kyrie Irving who are against vaccine mandates storm the doors of the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. pic.twitter.com/aBA6YTWCCe
— Marie Oakes (@TheMarieOakes) October 24, 2021
In a statement to Fox News, a spokesperson for Barclays Center said that the scheduled game proceeded according to schedule despite the brief interruption from protesters.
“Barclays Center briefly closed its doors today in order to clear protestors from the main doors on the plaza and ensure guests could safely enter the arena,” the statement said. “Only ticketed guests were able to enter the building and the game proceeded according to schedule.”