Since vaccination has become a hot topic for the NBA right now, one of the league’s biggest players has revealed that he actually got vaccinated.
In May, LeBron James declined to disclose his vaccination status during an interview.
CNN reports that after months of initial suspicion about the shot, he confirmed Tuesday that he had received the Covid-1 vaccine.
“Everyone has their own choices to do what feels right for themselves and their families, and for things of that nature,” James said at the Los Angeles Lakers Media Day. “I know I was too [skeptical] All about. But after doing my research and doing things of that nature, I realized that it is best suited not only for me but also for my family and my friends. That’s why I decided to do it. ”
He added that when he was vaccinated, he felt it was not the place to impose this choice on other players. “We are talking about the human body and healthy people. I personally don’t think for myself that I should be involved in what others should do for their bodies and livelihoods … you have to do what is best for you and your family, ”he said.
LeBron’s revelation came as athletes from the NBA and other leagues hesitated to get the vaccine. According to ESPN, about 90% of NBA players are vaccinated, but recent media focus has been on players who refrained from taking the vaccine.
The NBA does not need to vaccinate players against Covid-1 against the ball. However, according to CNN, referees and other staff who work closely with players need to be fully vaccinated.
Earlier this month, the NBA warned that vaccine mandates set by New York City and San Francisco could prevent players from competing in the Home Games this season if they do not get vaccinated or exempted.
Visiting team players who compete in city stadiums are not included in the local government vaccination order. Although the Knicks have a fully vaccinated team, the Nets and Warriors have yet to reach that status.
On Friday, the NBA announced that Golden State Warriors player Andrew Wiggins had been denied a vaccination request for religious reasons, disqualifying him from playing home games until he needed to be vaccinated in San Francisco.
Basketball Hall of Fame Karim Abdul-Jabbar told CNN’s Don Lemon on Monday that vaccinated players “don’t behave like good teammates or good citizens” and should be disciplined.
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