“Our understanding of antibodies and natural immunity has changed a great deal since the onset of the pandemic,” one player said.”Every player, every person in this world is going to make their own decision for themselves,” another player told the press.
As the 2021-22 NBA season approaches, several players are pushing back against the league for pressuring them to get an experimental Covid vaccine.
Last week, a Rolling Stone hit-piece slamming NBA players who have not been vaccinated escalated what the outlet called a basketball “civil war.”
The establishment propaganda article claimed anti-vaxx players are pushing “conspiracies,” and are resistant to “the truth.”
However, during interviews with the press following the Rolling Stone attack, several unvaccinated players eloquently detailed their personal reasons for opting out of the Covid jabs.
The Orlando Magic’s Jonathan Isaac first responded to the journalist who went after him by telling his Twitter followers Sunday, “True journalism is dying! I believe it is your God given right to decide if taking the vaccine is right for you! Period!”
On Monday, at the Orlando Magic Media Day, Isaac told the press why he is hesitant to take the shot.
“I would start with, uh… I’ve had Covid in the past, so our understanding of antibodies and natural immunity has changed a great deal since the onset of the pandemic and is still evolving,” he explained. “With me having Covid in the past and having antibodies, with my current age group and physical fitness level, it’s not necessarily a fear of mine.”
Isaac continued, “Taking the vaccine… it does open me up to the rare chance of having an adverse reaction to the vaccine itself. I don’t believe that being unvaccinated means being infected or being vaccinated means uninfected. You can still catch Covid with or without the vaccine.”
The Orlando Magic starting forward said the craziest part to him is that nobody can speak out for freedom of choice without being demeaned by the media.
“It is my belief that the vaccine status of every person should be their own choice, completely up to them without bullying, without being pressured, without being forced into doing so,” Isaac said during the media day. “I’m not ashamed to say that I’m uncomfortable with taking the vaccine at this time. We’re all different. We all come from different places. We’ve all had different experiences and hold dear to different beliefs. And what it is you do with your body when it comes to putting medicine in there should be your choice, free of the ridicule and the opinion of others.”
Watch Isaac’s full press conference below:
Jonathan Isaac is no stranger to controversy or literally standing apart from the crowd as he stood for the national anthem and refused to wear a Black Lives Matter shirt last year when every other player on the court kneeled.
Washington Wizards star guard Bradley Beal, who missed out on playing for the U.S.A. in this year’s Olympics because of his placement in COVID-19 protocols, also told the press Monday that he’s unvaccinated.
During the team’s media day, Beal said, “Every player, every person in this world is going to make their own decision for themselves. I would like an explanation to you know, people with vaccines, why are they still getting COVID if that’s something they’re supposed to be protected from? Like, it’s funny that, ‘Oh, it reduces your chances of going to the hospital.’ It doesn’t eliminate anybody from getting COVID, right?”
“We’re less likely to die or go to the hospital,” an anonymous reporter regurgitated in response.
Beal answered, “Okay, but you can still get Covid. Right? And you can still pass it along with the vaxx, right?”
The Wizards superstar noted that he already had Covid and probably has antibodies, but can still technically catch Covid again, just like the vaccinated players and coaches throughout the league who are currently out with Covid.
Watch Beal’s full press conference below:
Golden State Warriors forward Andrew Wiggins filed for a religious exemption in an attempt at avoiding the vaccine, but last week the league denied his request.
Since the city of San Francisco requires sports players to be vaccinated in order to enter stadiums, Wiggins may not be able to play at Wizards home games.
While he feels as if his “back is definitely against the wall,” Wiggins vowed to keep on fighting.
Like San Francisco, New York City is forcing players to be vaccinated in order to enter their home stadium.
One of the NBA’s biggest stars, Kyrie Irving, may not be able to play home games with the Brooklyn Nets due to the local order.
Irving attended Monday’s media day virtually, sparking concerns that he’s unvaccinated.
When reporters asked about his vaccination status, Irving said, “I would like to keep that private. Please respect my privacy, next question.”
Despite the fact that more than 90% of the NBA has received at least one dose of a Covid shot, the establishment is attacking the few holdouts in order to set an example for the rest of America.
At this rate, it seems as if the elite will not stop until they get a needle into the arm of every living human.