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Karl-Anthony Towns reacts to Kyrie Irving's decision to not get COVID-19 vaccination

USA TODAY SPORTS logo USA TODAY SPORTS 14/10/2021 Analis Bailey, USA TODAY
Karl-Anthony Towns lost his mother to the coronavirus in 2020. © Ron Chenoy, USA TODAY Sports Karl-Anthony Towns lost his mother to the coronavirus in 2020.

In light of the Brooklyn Nets banning Kyrie Irving from team activities until he is vaccinated, many league members are sharing their opinion on his COVID vaccine stance, including Karl-Anthony Towns, the Minnesota Timberwolves center who lost seven members of his family to the coronavirus, including his mother in 2020. 

"I'm obviously a strong believer in the vaccine," Towns told NJ.com. "I've been through so much and it would be kind of contradictory to not be on the pro-vaccine side. But what I will say is that I believe in choice and I like to give people their choice and I have no problem with people having their choice."

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Towns added that he has not yet spoken to Irving about his vaccination status. 

"I think that's not only a human right, but it's an American right as well.. ... They make their own decisions on their own bodies and their own families. I have no ill will towards that," Towns continued. "The only thing I would say is just don't give me a (expletive) excuse why [you don't get the vaccine]...You don't want to do it, that's your choice."

The Kyrie-less Nets take on the Timberwolves at Barclays Center on Thursday for their fourth preseason game.

Contact Analis Bailey at aabailey@usatoday.com or on Twitter @analisbailey.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Karl-Anthony Towns reacts to Kyrie Irving's decision to not get COVID-19 vaccination

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