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‘A slave mind follows the crowd': Floyd Mayweather backs NBA star Kyrie Irving in vaccine refusal row (VIDEO)

Added 10-26-21 06:37:03am EST - “Undefeated boxing great Floyd Mayweather has thrown his support behind Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving, the basketball firebrand who cannot currently play due to his refusal to take the Covid-19 vaccine.” - Rt.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Rt.com: “‘A slave mind follows the crowd’: Floyd Mayweather backs NBA star Kyrie Irving in vaccine refusal row (VIDEO)”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Irving, 29, is the most high-profile athlete to have fallen foul of New York's vaccine mandate which would mean that the seven-time NBA all-star would be prohibited from playing with his teammates in their home state - with the Nets opting to inform him to stay away from the team and training until he received a full dose of one of the several vaccines against Covid-19.

The issue has been a contentious one. A group on anti-vaccine mandate protestors made their voices heard on Sunday outside Brooklyn's Barclays Center prior to the Nets home season opener against Charlotte - and now Mayweather has added his significant weight to the debate by issuing an impassioned defense of Irving on social media.

"Kyrie, what's up, I know you’re going through a lot. We had the chance to hang out in 2016 when you represented America, when you represented the red, white and blue," said Mayweather in a video posted to social media.

"You only want to be treated fairly. I was going to post something on my social media pages but I decided to do it the old-school way and read something out to you because you’re a great person, a great father, a great athlete and you believe what you believe.

"America is the land of the free; freedom of speech, freedom of religion and, supposedly, freedom to choose. Never be controlled by money, I respect you for having some integrity and for being your own man.

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