Stephen A. Smith Gets in Heated Shouting Match Over Kyrie Irving’s Vaccination Decision: ‘I’M TRYING TO ANSWER YOU!’

The debate over Kyrie Irving’s vaccination status and whether the Brooklyn Nets should allow him to play basketball grew Wednesday night, after the eccentric NBA star spoke for 20 minutes on Instagram Live.

ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith, a well-documented critic of Irving’s stance against taking the Covid vaccine, was baffled by the point guard’s social media video, but he waited until Thursday morning’s First Take to respond.

Contrary to Smith, ESPN analyst Jay Williams, who had a breakthrough case of Covid earlier this year, has lauded the NBA’s 95 percent vaccination rate and defended Irving’s right to make the decision for himself.

“You’re trying to tell me this is about basketball?” Williams asked Smith on ESPN’s
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