We are coming closer and closer to a collision between public health officials instituting vaccine mandates and NBA players who refuse to “get the jab.”
In August, the NBA had a goal of having 100% of players vaccinated for the Wuhan Virus. That was a non-starter, and as a result, the players — some of whom have antibodies for SARS-CoV-2 — are being vilified in the media as “anti-vaxxer conspiracy theorists.”
People are starting to notice that some big-name basketball players are refusing the vaccine despite local mandates. Nets fans might not be able to see Kyrie Irving play at home because he has chosen not to get jabbed. This is huge problem for the NBA considering Irving’s superstar power and that he is currently the vice president on the executive committee of the players’ union.
Andrew Wiggins is the lone unvaccinated player on the Golden State Warriors, and while the NBA allowed exemptions for religious or medical reasons, San Francisco recently removed the exemptions from their city mandate. This means that Wiggins has been denied the religious exemption he requested and can no longer play home games. He also won’t be able to play in New York because of its vaccine mandate for indoor gatherings. His response to the media over the hullaballoo, “It’s my problem, not yours.”
Over the weekend, Rolling Stone published an article vilifying the “anti-vaxxers” in the NBA as nutters who just don’t understand the risk that this virus poses to everyone.
Rolling Stone even included a quote from Kareem Abdul-Jabbar saying that unvaxxed players should be booted off of the team.
“The NBA should insist that all players and staff are vaccinated or remove them from the team,” NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar tells Rolling Stone. “There is no room for players who are willing to risk the health and lives of their teammates, the staff and the fans simply because they are unable to grasp the seriousness of the situation or do the necessary research. What I find especially disingenuous about the vaccine deniers is their arrogance at disbelieving immunology and other medical experts. Yet, if their child was sick or they themselves needed emergency medical treatment, how quickly would they do exactly what those same experts told them to do?”
Source: Rolling Stone
Unfortunately for Rolling Stone and Kareem, some of these unvaccinated players spoke out on Media Day and… well, they had a more nuanced and reasonable and science-based take than the public health officials cracking the whip and forcing vaccinations.
A video clip is going viral of Bradley Beal from the Washington Wizards giving a nuanced, reasonable response of why he — a player who recovered from COVID — is refusing to get the vaccine.
He noted that people who are vaccinated are still getting COVID and he has natural immunity — so it’s the same as someone who is vaxxed.
The media got quiet when he mentioned breakthrough cases.
Bradley Beal: “I would like an explanation to you know, people with vaccines, why are they still getting COVID? … Like, it’s funny that, ‘oh, it reduces your chances of going to the hospital.’ It doesn’t eliminate anybody from getting COVID, right?” pic.twitter.com/XMLu5AsL4C
— Hoop District (@Hoop_District) September 27, 2021
Beal understands the situation perfectly that he’s going to face more testing and protocols because he’s choosing to not get vaxxed.
Bradley Beal doesn’t envision him not getting the vaccine being a distraction for the Wizards.
Beal’s full answer: pic.twitter.com/kcajeFzUOk
— Chris W. Crouse ? (@NBACrouse) September 27, 2021
Beal isn’t alone. Here is Jonathan Isaac of the Orlando Magic giving his thoughts on the NBA’s vaccine mandate.
First, he talks about how Rolling Stone misrepresented him in the article and insisted that he’s not anti-vax or anti-science, but believes that vaccines shouldn’t be forced on people.
“It is my belief that the vaccine status of every person should be their own choice and completely up to them without bullying, without being pressured, without being forced into doing so,” said Isaac.
“I’m not ashamed to say that I’m uncomfortable with taking the vaccine at this time. I think that we are all different. We all come from different places, we have all had different experiences and hold dear to different beliefs,” he continued. “What it is that you do with your body when it comes to putting medicine in there should be your choice and free from the ridicule and the opinion of others.”
Jonathan Isaac shares his full thoughts on vaccinations and addresses the Rolling Stone article.
“I’m not anti-vax. I’m not anti-medicine. I’m not anti-science. I didn’t come to my current vaccination status by studying black history or watching Donald Trump press conferences.” pic.twitter.com/EvT4KwGJwx
— Beyond the RK (@beyondtheRK) September 27, 2021
Isaac continued that the reason that he doesn’t want the vaccine is that he, too, has already had COVID and he’s not terribly afraid of serious illness from the virus because of his age and fitness level.
He also noted that unvaccinated doesn’t mean infected and vaccinated means uninfected because we are seeing breakthrough cases.
He ended by saying that it really isn’t anyone’s business and that “loving your neighbor” doesn’t just mean loving those with whom you agree.
Jonathan Isaac shares that he’s had Covid in the past when answering a question on vaccine hesitancy. pic.twitter.com/acwqXgjhEA
— Beyond the RK (@beyondtheRK) September 27, 2021
These NBA players are making more sense than Saint Fauci Director of the NIAID, and CDC Director Rochelle Walensky.
And here comes the anti-Christian bigotry — with a sprinkling of Junior High “Mean Girls” garbage — from Forbes:
There is a bigger problem for the Magic here, one that goes back to Isaac’s entry into the league. He is deeply and vocally religious, which is not a bad thing in itself but has left him largely out of step with his teammates. He is also not the type to go along to get along, and is willing to take the unpopular stance. Several teammates raised eyebrows in 2020 when virtually all NBA players in the Orlando bubble knelt for the national anthem as part of nationwide protests against police violence. Isaac, of course, did not. There’s also the old story from his rookie year, when Isaac invited teammates to watch him deliver a sermon at his church in Florida, but none came.
Because he is unvaccinated, Isaac will have to remain socially distant from teammates this season. But that’s nothing unusual—he’s been socially distant from most of them during his whole career.
“It’s a problem,” one former member of the Magic franchise noted. “He is the guy you’d like to have as your leader, the best player, the one who gets everyone fired up. He has the talent for that, the game for that—dunks and blocked shots. But he doesn’t have that personality. He’s not that guy, I think that is understood. It means you have to get leadership from someone else and you might not like that but, you know, as long as he produces on the floor, that is what is important.”
The Corporate Media cannot handle it that some high-profile sports figures — role models, if you will — are actually basing their decision on what we all believed prior to January 2020 rather than on the shifting dictates of “public health” officials.
They believe in natural immunity.
They’re looking at the evidence that we’ve seen with the vaccines and weighing the risks to themselves.
And they believe that healthcare decisions should be private.
That’s something we all believed before the virus from China became a global pandemic and turned Western Democracies into authoritarian states like… China.
But what’s really telling is that this whole thing has exposed the bigotry against people who believe what we all did a little over a year ago — especially Christians.
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