WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- NBA Los Angeles Lakers Center Dwight Howard has continuously showcased his anti-mask stance through his social media postings and live feeds.
- During a live Instagram feed on Sunday, Howard said that he does not believe in vaccines.
- Howard’s not wearing a mask inside the NBA bubble in Walt Disney World comes from his assumption that people don’t come and go and that he won’t get infected.
Amid the coronavirus pandemic, NBA Los Angeles (LA) Lakers player Dwight Howard has been expressing his choice to not wear a face mask inside the NBA’s bubble at Walt Disney World in Orlando.
Sharing posts to social media or going live without a face cover, Howard questioned why players were asked to wear such.
He even leveled-up his stance on Sunday. While doing a live feed on Instagram without a mask, the LA Lakers center was asked if he believed in vaccinations.
“No, I don’t… That’s my personal opinion, but no, I don’t,” Howard said.
According to USA Today, the Laker star also said that he “didn’t know that the coronavirus is flying through the air looking for people,” despite the general knowledge that that is how the virus spreads and could contract by humans.
His decision to not wear a mask inside the bubble also comes from his reasoning that people do not go in and out of Disney World and that he believes he won’t get infected while he’s inside the premises.
However, even though NBA players, coaches, and other staff are just staying indoor, employees of Disney World are permitted to come and go.
Last week, Howard claimed that somebody reported him through the NBA’s anonymous tip line for not wearing a mask. Despite this, he has continuously shared videos online not wearing one, which suggests that he just made a false statement.
Howard’s anti-mask demeanor poses a problem as the league was being careful to revive the season for the first time in five months during the coronavirus outbreak. But even more so, his belief that vaccines do not work, is alarming.
Ultimately, COVID-19 still poses a threat to people inside the NBA’s bubble. Wearing a mask would help in mitigating the spread of coronavirus, as encouraged by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
As of Sunday afternoon, Florida has recorded over 350,000 COVID-19 cases, The New York Times reported. Cases continue to surge as the state averages almost 12,000 new infections daily within the past week.
Source: Yahoo Sports