May 17, 2022

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia has come out in support of suspended Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving, who has consistently refused to take the COVID-19 vaccine.

“The fascist NBA won’t let Kyrie Irving play for refusing a vaccine. But yet they still let Magic Johnson play with HIV,” Greene wrote in a tweet on October 14.

Greene was referring to the NBA star Magic Johnson’s 1991 announcement of his HIV diagnosis and subsequent abrupt retirement from the sport. Since he left Angeles Lakers in 1991, Johnson has been credited with being a vocal advocate for HIV/AIDS prevention and safe sex.

Meanwhile, the Brooklyn Nets said this week that they will not allow point guard Kyrie Irving to practice or play because he has not received the COVID-19 vaccine and will be unable to participate in indoor home games in New York due to the state’s vaccine mandate. Irving’s unwillingness to receive vaccinations has cast doubt on his $186 million contract extension and future with the franchise. Irving recently addressed his decision not to take the COVID-19 vaccine, stating that he is doing “what feels good for me.”

However, as Greene noted in her October 14 tweet, there are significant distinctions between the two disorders. HIV is transmitted mainly through bodily fluids and sexual contact and through the sharing of needles and syringes. COVID-19, on the other hand, is an airborne respiratory condition.

Greene is well-known for his aggressive remarks regarding the COVID-19 virus. In May, she compared the congressional mask rule imposed by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to the Holocaust. She then defended her remarks, comparing vaccination proof to Jews being compelled to wear a yellow star during the Holocaust.

In July, Greene was previously suspended from Twitter for erroneously claiming that COVID-19 is not dangerous for people under the age of 65 or those who are not obese and that vaccinations should not be required.