Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia on Thursday criticized the decision of banning Brooklyn Nets player Kyrie Irving from playing pending his COVID vaccination status.
“The fascist NBA won’t let Kyrie Irving play for refusing a vaccine,” Greene wrote on Twitter. “But yet they still let Magic Johnson play with HIV.”
Earlier this week, Irving was prevented from playing with the Nets for refusing a COVID vaccine which is required due to New York City’s mandate to fully participate in the regular season.
Newsweek contacted Greene for further comments but didn’t hear back in time for publication.
Greene’s remarks on Thursday sparked mixed reactions on social media with some people questioning her knowledge of HIV transmission, while others lauded her view of the ban.
“HIV is not spread by respiratory droplets,” one person wrote, while Republican Congress candidate for Florida, Lavern Spicer, said that the NBA only cares about the vaccine.
That’s what I said! They don’t give a DAMN about anything but this shot and we have no idea why…
— Lavern Spicer (@lavern_spicer) October 14, 2021
“Covid is airborne and responsible for the death of 700,000 in the US alone; it’s not rocket science. You catch HIV through unprotected sex and IV drug use,” another person wrote on Twitter.
Players for the New York Knicks, Nets, and Golden State Warriors were given until September 13 to receive at least one dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or the single Johnson & Johnson shot. Players on the Warriors were given until October 13 to be fully vaccinated against the virus.
Members of those markets were required to comply with the public ordinances that were enacted in New York and San Francisco that ban unvaccinated people from entering indoor settings, including barring players from using practice facilities.
Greene has long pushed back against the COVID vaccine. In September, she expressed her strong stance against the shots prior to President Joe Biden’s announcement of an executive order requiring federal employees to be vaccinated.
“We don’t take orders from Fascist in my office,” Greene wrote on Twitter at the time. “Remember the Nuremberg Code Joe?”
Greene told Newsweek in September that she knows many people, including her Jewish supporters, who are concerned about the “facist-style” COVID vaccine mandates that Biden and Democrats are “forcing” on Americans.
“Mandates aren’t necessary when we have such effective treatment options. The federal government should do everything in its power to make these treatments readily available to the general public,” she said. “I support freedom and people’s right to make medical decisions over their own bodies.”
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene slammed the NBA for banning Kyrie Irving from playing as she claimed that the NBA allowed Magic Johnson to play while having HIV. Above, Greene (R-GA) speaks at a news conference about the National Defense Authorization Bill at the U.S. Capitol on September 22 in Washington, DC.
Photo by Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images
In August, Greene’s Twitter account was temporarily suspended after she wrote that COVID vaccines are failing.
“These vaccines are failing and do not reduce the spread of the virus and neither do masks,” Greene wrote on the social media platform. “There are too many reports of infection and spread of COVID-19 among vaccinated people.”
In response, Twitter added a disclaimer on her Tweet informing users on the platform that her post was “misleading.” Users were also unable to reply, like, or share her Tweet.
A Twitter spokesperson told Newsweek in August that her account was placed on a “read-only” mode for a week due to her “repeated violations” of the platform’s user policies.