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Mob of anti-vaxxers storm Barclays Center in support of Kyrie Irving

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A mob of anti-vaxxers stormed Brooklyn’s Barclays Center Sunday as violence erupted at a rally to support Nets hoopster Kyrie Irving, who is refusing to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.

Hundreds gathered outside the team’s home arena to support Irving, chanting “no vaccine mandate” and “stand with Kyrie” before a break-away group stormed the barricades, wild Twitter video shows.

The footage shows security personnel trying in vain to hold back the crowd but being quickly overwhelmed as a handful of protesters break through and make for the front doors.

The mob shouted about “Nazi passports” and “Let Kyrie play,” and waved signs and “Don’t Tread on Me” flags as they gathered outside the arena. 

A number of protestors are seen wearing “Black Lives Matter” t-shirts.

The unrest comes as the Nets played the Charlotte Hornets on Sunday — without Irving suited up. 

Hundreds gathered outside the Barclay Center arena to support Irving, chanting "no vaccine mandate" and "stand with Kyrie."
Hundreds gathered outside the Barclay Center arena to support Irving, chanting “no vaccine mandate” and “stand with Kyrie.”
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Demonstrators rush through the doors of the Barclays Center
Fans rush through the doors of the Barclays Center.
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Twitter video shows the altercation between demonstrators and Barclays security guards Sunday, Oct. 24, 2021.
Twitter video shows the altercation between demonstrators and Barclays security guards Sunday, Oct. 24, 2021.
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Twitter video shows the altercation between demonstrators and Barclays security guards Sunday, Oct. 24, 2021
Demonstrators tried to enter the venue during a rally in support of Kyrie Irving who was benched for not getting the COVID-19 vaccine.
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There are no reports that protestors made it inside, and Barclays officials said they were forced to shut the front doors except to ticketholders.

“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,” venue officials said in a statement. 

Demonstrators rush through the doors of the Barclays Center as security officers hold them off
There are no reports that protestors made it inside.
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Twitter video shows the altercation between demonstrators and Barclays security guards Sunday, Oct. 24, 2021
Hundreds gathered outside Barclays to support Kyrie Irving.
TWITTER/@justericthomas

“Only ticketed guests were able to enter the building and the game proceeded according to schedule,” the statement said. 

Irving, the team’s All-Star point guard, has been barred from practicing with the team or playing home games for defying the team’s requirement that all players be vaccinated against the global pandemic.

Protesters rally against Covid 19 Vaccine mandates outside Barclays Center before an NBA game between the Brooklyn Nets and the Charlotte Hornets.
Protesters rally against COVID-19 vaccine mandates outside Barclays Center before an NBA game between the Brooklyn Nets and the Charlotte Hornets.
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Protester's shouted "stand with Kyrie" as they protested the COVID-19 vaccine mandate to be allowed inside the stadium.
Protester’s shouted “stand with Kyrie” as they protested the COVID-19 vaccine mandate to be allowed inside the stadium.
AP Photo/John Minchillo
Footage shows security personnel trying in vain to hold back the crowd but being quickly overwhelmed as a handful of protesters break through.
Footage shows security personnel trying in vain to hold back the crowd but being quickly overwhelmed as a handful of protesters break through.
Corey Sipkin for the NY Post
Protesters rallied in support for Nets star Kyrie Irving.
AP Photo/John Minchillo

The NBA does not mandate the vaccines, but New York City does, and players in local sports venues are required to be inoculated to play. 

Footage posted on Twitter shows hundreds of protesters descending on the Brooklyn arena earlier in the day.

“I have to stand up for me,” said one marcher, a city school teacher, told WPIX-TV. “I have to stand up for my son.”

Irving, 29, joined Brooklyn in 2019 and helped lead the team into the playoffs last season before missing playing time against the Milwaukee Bucks due to injury.

As of now, there are no reports that anyone made it inside.
As of now, there are no reports that anyone made it inside.
AP Photo/John Minchillo

The Bucks defeated the Nets and went on to win the NBA title.

Before the start of this season, the team informed the point guard he would not be allowed to practice with the team or play at Barclays because of his refusal to get a COVID-19 vaccine. 

“Kyrie has made a personal choice, and we respect his individual right to choose,” the team said in a statement at the time.

“Currently the choice restricts his ability to be a full-time member of the team, and we will not permit any member of our team to participate with part-time availability,” the statement said. 

With Post wires



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