A swarm of anti-vaccine protestors charged through Barclays Center security perimeters and tried to break into the stadium Sunday ahead of the Brooklyn Net’s home opener.
The protestors were chanting ‘let Kyrie play’ after NBA all-star Kyrie Irving was sidelined earlier this month because of his refusal to get vaccinated against the coronavirus.
On Sunday, hundreds gathered outside the stadium in protest while a smaller group pushed through metal barriers and hooted as they stormed toward the entrance.
Some demonstrators were held back by security as they tried to charge inside the building
Angry anti-vaccine demonstrators gathered outside the Barclays Center before the Brooklyn Nets' home opener Sunday
Nets guard Kyrie Irving was sidelined earlier this month because of his refusal to get vaccinated against the coronavirus
Shaky video of the scene, posted by Freedomnews.tv, showed security guards struggling to fend off the angry crowd as they attempted to enter the building.
Security locked the building to prevent more protestors from barging inside.
Some demonstrators held up signs as others shouted through blowhorns, banged on the building’s glass doors, chanted ‘we will not comply’ and waved American flags.
The 29-year-old would need proof of at least one vaccine shot in order to play in his own arena, Barclays Center, or practice at the team facility in Brooklyn.
He stands to lose about half his nearly $35million salary by refusing the jab, but previously said he doesn’t regret his decision.
Fans demanded that the Nets let Irving play ahead of its game against the Charlotte Hornets
'So what? It's not about the money,' Irving said. 'It's not always about the money. It's about choosing what's best for you. You think I really want to lose money?'
He would have played the season’s first home game Sunday if he complied with the mandate, angering fans who believed he shouldn’t have had to choose between the jab and his career.
One fuming protestor accosted fans entering the stadium ahead of the game against the Charlotte Hornets.
Protestors are seen chanting just outside the Barclay Center's glass entrance
One protestor accosted fans entering the building saying: 'Are you guys OK with Kyrie Irving not being able to play because he refuses to be a slave?'
‘Are you guys OK with Kyrie Irving not being able to play because he refuses to be a slave? Are you guys OK with being slaves of the system? Giving up your bodies to be lab rats just so you can go to a restaurant; just so you can go to a basketball game?
'Do you even know what’s in that injection? Do you even care? Do you give a Sh**? You’re all lab rats. You have zero idea what’s in that injection.’
It wasn’t immediately clear how police and security officers cleared away the mob, but the Barclay Center said in a statement that the game was not affected.
‘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,’ the statement said. ‘Only ticketed guests were able to enter the building and the game proceeded according to schedule.’
In late September, the NBA reported a 95 percent vaccination rate among players