NBA nice Kareem Abdul-Jabbar slammed the league’s vaccine refusers for endangering teammates, and stated the gamers needs to be banned.
“The NBA should insist that all players and staff are vaccinated or remove them from the team,” Abdul-Jabbar advised Rolling Stone not too long ago. “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.”
Abdul-Jabbar, the league’s all-time main scorer, appeared on CNN (see the clip above) Monday to debate the matter after two star gamers, the Nets’ Kyrie Irving and the Warriors’ Andrew Wiggins, largely evaded questions about their vaccine standing on media day. Each play for groups in cities that require vaccination proof indoors, jeopardizing their likelihood to play dwelling video games.
CNN’s Don Lemon ran a clip of Irving, who was not allowed to attend media day with teammates because of protocols, saying it’s a “private” matter. That prompted Abdul-Jabbar to answer: “He’s hiding behind procedure here. Either you understand what’s going on and you’re going to do the right thing. Or you don’t understand what’s going on and you’re going to continue to create all this confusion with your stance.”
Requested by Lemon if holdouts needs to be “let go,” the previous Lakers star stated they need to be disciplined. “I don’t think they are behaving like good teammates or good citizens,” he stated. He referred to as COVID-19 a battle and “masks and vaccines — they are the weapons we use to fight this war.”
Experiences estimate that 90% of the gamers are vaccinated.
“What I find especially disingenuous about the vaccine deniers is their arrogance at disbelieving immunology and other medical experts,” Abdul-Jabbar stated to Rolling Stone. “Yet, if their child was sick or they themselves needed emergency treatment, how quickly would they do exactly what those same experts told them to do?”
In his personal essay on e-newsletter platform Substack, Abdul-Jabbar additionally expressed frustration with athletes who say they should do extra analysis. “This position only perpetuates the stereotype of the dumb jock who’s only in sports for the money,” he wrote. “It dehumanizes the victims as nothing more than political fodder.”
He once more referred to as on the NBA to mandate vaccines.
“Players are free to choose not to get vaccinated, but they should have the courage of their moral convictions to sit out the season, sustained in the righteousness of their choice. They’ve already proven they are not team players,” he wrote.
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