The NBA knew it was possible in for a PR headache as gamers and coaches met the media to formally open the 2021-2022 season on Monday — and no, this has nothing do with Ben Simmons’ commerce demand in Philadelphia.
Within the days main as much as the beginning of the season, reports surfaced that several high-profile players had yet to receive the Covid vaccine. For Kyrie Irving and Andrew Wiggins, this meant they might be unable to play of their groups’ house video games due to metropolis ordinances in Brooklyn and San Francisco, respectively. Wiggins doubled-down on his stance at media day, whereas Irving deflected questions from reporters via Zoom as a result of he couldn’t even be within the constructing with out the vaccine.
While a few loud skeptics dominated the narrative on the NBA’s fight against Covid, it’s value noting that 85-90 p.c of the league is vaccinated based on current studies. As an alternative of specializing in the vaccine holdouts within the face of an ongoing public well being disaster, let’s have fun all of the gamers who’re being leaders by displaying the world that the vaccine is secure and efficient.
Giannis Antetokounmpo: “I did what was greatest for me and my household to remain protected”
We begin with the reigning Finals MVP who simply led the Bucks to an inconceivable championship. Sure, Giannis Antetokounmpo is vaccinated.
Giannis Antetokounmpo: I did what was greatest for me and my household to remain protected.
Sure, I’m vaccinated.
— Eric Nehm (@eric_nehm) September 27, 2021
LeBron James is vaccinated after doing his analysis
LeBron says that he was “very skeptical” in regards to the vaccine at first, however after doing his analysis he determined that it is “the most effective factor for me and my household.”
— Harrison Faigen (@hmfaigen) September 28, 2021
Damian Lillard: “As a child, I needed to get photographs my complete life.”
Right here’s the complete quote from Lillard:
“I’m not mad at folks for saying, ‘I must do my analysis,’ or they received to take the steps that make them snug,” Lillard mentioned. “However I’ve lots of people in my household that I’m tight with and I spend a variety of time round and I’m simply not going to place their well being or their lives at risk as a result of I need to do analysis. As a child, I needed to get photographs my complete life. Earlier than I went to varsity, I needed to get photographs. And, I couldn’t inform you one factor about any of them.”
“I’ve had folks in my household truly die and folks truly lose their lives to it, and there’s a approach for me to guard myself and the folks that I like, I’m going to do it,” Lillard mentioned. “It’s fairly easy.”
Ja Morant received vaccinated for his child daughter
Ja Morant shares that he’s vaccinated. (As did Desmond Bane earlier.)
“I received vaccinated early. … I’ve a child lady. I journey quite a bit. I am unable to carry COVID again to her.”
— Chris Herrington (@ChrisHerrington) September 27, 2021
Desmond Bane: “I’ll be effective realizing that I used to be a type of folks that was at the least making an attempt to avoid wasting the opposite folks.”
Desmond Bane had no downside getting vaccinated in opposition to Covid-19 since he grew up getting vaccines for different viruses.
“No matter occurs down the street, I’ll be effective realizing that I used to be a type of folks that was at the least making an attempt to avoid wasting the opposite folks”
— Evan Barnes〽️ (@evan_b) September 27, 2021
Lonnie Walker knew the place to get actual data on the vaccine
Greatest quote from Spurs Media Day courtesy of Lonnie Walker IV:
“Tik Tok, Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram, go away it alone. In order for you the actual data (on COVID vaccines) get it from a household doctor or somebody that is aware of.”
— Tom Orsborn (@tom_orsborn) September 27, 2021
Karl-Anthony Cities: “It by no means issues to folks till it occurs to them.”
“Day-after-day I see a brand new excuse why folks ain’t getting the vaccine,” Karl-Anthony Cities he tweeted earlier this month. KAT later added, “It by no means issues to folks till it occurs to them. I hope nobody has to take care of what I’ve needed to and nonetheless proceed to take care of.”
— Tommy Beer (@TommyBeer) September 27, 2021
Robin Lopez made the most effective vaccine joke
Like C.J. McCollum mentioned:
I feel it’s essential we don’t lose sight of the truth that 90% of the league is vaccinated. Completely happy Monday.
— CJ McCollum (@CJMcCollum) September 27, 2021
Athletes and different celebrities have a public platform to assist alleviate this disaster and to avoid wasting lives. To not tackle that duty harms the sports activities and leisure industries, the group, and the nation. Those that declare they should do “extra analysis” are merely asserting they’ve finished no analysis, as a result of the overwhelming consensus of immunologists and different medical specialists is that the vaccine is efficient and secure. And can forestall the pointless deaths of 1000’s. As I’ve mentioned earlier than, this place solely perpetuates the stereotype of the dumb jock who’s solely in sports activities for the cash. It dehumanizes the victims as nothing greater than political fodder.
Let’s hope we have now a secure and enjoyable NBA season forward of us.