Shaquille O’Neal is fed up with Kyrie Irving … saying the Brooklyn Nets should cut ties with the star if he won’t be able to play home games due to being unvaccinated.
Irving has been under attack for reportedly not getting vaccinated as the pandemic rages on … and he currently won’t be able to play home games due to NYC’s COVID-19 mandate.
With the Nets poised for a title run with KI, Kevin Durant and James Harden in 2021-22, Shaq was asked what he’d do if Kyrie misses half the season … and he’s not holding back.
“I would go upstairs and say, ‘Get him up out of here,'” Shaq told “Tiki and Tierney” this week. “We can win with a two-punch and a great shooter and some rebounders like we got. Get his ass up out of here.”
“Of course, if I played with him, I’d be in charge all the way, all day,” Shaq added.
“Whoever owns the Brooklyn Nets, get him up out of here.”
But, Shaq wasn’t done sharing his thoughts on the topic — he expanded on his take on “The Big Podcast” on Thursday … saying he is not going to “knock” Irving’s right to have an opinion, but the hooper has to think about the bigger picture.
“In this game of ours, sometimes you have to think about others instead of yourself,” he said. “Now, Kyrie has his own views and his opinions. I’m not going to knock that.”
“He does have an obligation because he took that $200 million. Once you sign up for this life there is no privacy. And you have to accept it.”
FYI — some of that 200 milli will disappear if Kyrie misses all the home games this season … with the guard reportedly set to lose out on $17.5 million.
No word on if that’s changed Irving’s mind at all … but it seems like this drama ain’t ending anytime soon.