Choosing not to get a Covid-19 vaccination was a $100m decision, says Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving.
Last season, Irving, 30, could not play in the Nets’ home games until March because of New York’s ban on unvaccinated people in indoor venues.
His availability for away games was also dependent on different states’ vaccine requirements.
The seven-time All Star says his decision not to get vaccinated cost him a four-year contract extension.
The new NBA season starts on October 18 and Irving will play for the Nets on a $36.5m player option deal, but could become a free agent next summer.
He had expected to sign a new contract in 2021.