LeBron James declares he’s vaccinated however says it isn’t his job to encourage others to do the identical
With vaccinations continuing to be a hot topic for the NBA right now, one of the league’s biggest players announced that he was indeed vaccinated.
As early as May, LeBron James refused to reveal his vaccination status in an interview.
He confirmed Tuesday that he had received the Covid-19 vaccine months after his initial skepticism about the shot, reports CNN.
“Everyone has their own choice of doing what they think is right for themselves and their families and things like that,” James said during the Los Angeles Lakers Media Day. “I know I am very [skeptical] about everything. But after doing my research and things like that, I felt that it was best not only for me but also for my family and friends. That’s why I decided to do it. “
He added that although he is vaccinated, he doesn’t feel that it’s not his job to force this decision on other players. “We talk about the body and the well-being of people. Personally, I don’t feel like I should interfere in what other people should be doing for their bodies and livelihoods … You have to do what is best for you and your family, ”he said.
LeBron’s reveal comes when athletes in the NBA and other leagues hesitate to get the vaccine. According to ESPN, around 90% of NBA players are vaccinated, but the media focus lately has been on the players who opted against the vaccine.
The NBA does not require players to be vaccinated against Covid-19 in order to play ball. However, according to CNN, referees and other staff who work closely with the players must be fully vaccinated.
Earlier this month, the NBA warned that vaccine mandates set by New York City and San Francisco could prevent players from the Brooklyn Nets, New York Knicks and Golden State Warriors from playing home games this season if they are not vaccinated or exempted.
Visiting team players competing in the city’s arenas are not included in local government vaccination regulations. While the Knicks reportedly have a fully vaccinated team, the Nets and Warriors have not yet achieved that status.
On Friday, the NBA announced that Golden State Warriors player Andrew Wiggins’ request to be vaccinated for religious reasons has been denied, banning him from home games until he reaches San Francisco vaccination requirements.
Basketball Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar told CNN’s Don Lemon Monday that unvaccinated players “don’t behave like good teammates or good citizens” and that they should be disciplined.
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