Radio icon Howard Stern tore into Brooklyn Nets superstar Kyrie Irving for refusing to get vaccinated to protect against the coronavirus.
â€œIn terms of idiots, heâ€™s gotta be the top idiot in the country right now,â€ Stern said on his SiriusXM radio show on Tuesday. â€œGuyâ€™s got a chance as a young man to make millions of dollars, all heâ€™s got to do is get vaccinated, but he doesnâ€™t want to get vaccinated.â€
Irving wonâ€™t be with the team because it plays in New York City, which has a vaccine mandate that includes pro athletes who play indoors. Heâ€™s eligible for at least some road games, but the Nets have said he wonâ€™t play in those, either.
Irving will forfeit about half of his $35 million salary but he said last week itâ€™s not about the money.
â€œI am doing whatâ€™s best for me,â€ he said, according to the Associated Press.
Sternâ€™s co-host, Robin Quivers, asked if he knew Irvingâ€™s reason for refusing the shot.
â€œHe doesnâ€™t need a reason, just that heâ€™s stupid. Because this guyâ€™s got a history of being stupid,â€ Stern said. â€œHeâ€™s one of these guys, heâ€™s a flat-earther, too.â€
Stern also praised Irvingâ€™s team.
â€œI donâ€™t know who runs the Brooklyn Nets, but I wish they were running the country,â€ Stern said. â€œI love this. Basically saying, â€˜Listen, douchebag. Youâ€™ve got to do what is right, thatâ€™s it.â€™â€
Stern has repeatedly ripped those whoâ€™ve openly opposed the vaccine, and last month blamed anti-vaxxer â€œimbecilesâ€ for â€œcloggingâ€ hospitals after refusing the shot and getting sick.
â€œStay home. Die there with your COVID,â€ Stern said. â€œDonâ€™t take the cure, but donâ€™t clog up our hospitals with your COVID when you finally get it. Donâ€™t bother with science, itâ€™s too late. Go fuck yourself â€• we just donâ€™t have time for you.â€