WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- NBA players are torn whether they will take the vaccine or not.
- While other legends like Bill Russell, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Gregg Popovich encouraged the public to be inoculated, some are hesitant about it.
- Lebron James said that whether he will get the vaccine or not, his decision will be kept to himself and his family.
Whether Lebron James will get a COVID-19 vaccine or not will be kept private.
The Los Angeles Lakers star expressed this personal decision over the weekend. “That’s a conversation that my family and I will have. Pretty much keep that to a private thing,” James said. “Obviously I saw [NBA commissioner Adam Silver] had his comments about the vaccination. But things like that, when you decide to do something, that’s a conversation between you and your family and not for everybody. I’ll keep it that way.”
He hopes that the roll out of vaccines will help in making the remaining NBA games safer, although players won’t be mandated to be inoculated to play in the rest of the 2020-21 NBA season.
According to Silver, active players have yet been forced to take a COVID vaccine and that none was vaccinated yet. Some players, though, have expressed hesitations over getting one.
“My hunch is that most players ultimately will choose to get vaccinated,” Silver said Saturday. “They have to make personal decisions at the end of the day — and I take that very seriously, and I take concerns very seriously. But my sense is most [players] will, ultimately, decide it is in their interest to get vaccinated.”
Playing the recent season in the midst of the pandemic, various NBA players had tested positive for the virus. Throughout the games, safety protocols were being in place, with players being required to contract-trace and undergo lengthy quarantines. The COVID situation also led postponements of 31 games during the first half of the season.
The NBA has made public announcements encouraging people to get vaccinated. Among the league legends featured in the campaign were Bill Russell, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Gregg Popovich. Despite this, a number of active players have reportedly been uncertain to get the vaccines themselves.
Recently, NBPA executive director Michele Roberts told Yahoo Sports that players’ reactions toward it vary. Some would say “Hell no, I’m not taking it,” while others would urge “Why can’t we take it sooner?”
For now, most players are still ineligible to receive the vaccine, which means they still have time to decide whether they want to take it or not.
Source: CBS News