Los Angeles (AFP)
LeBron James confirmed he was vaccinated against Covid-19 on Tuesday but said it was “not my job” to convince other NBA players to do the same.
The Los Angeles Lakers superstar had previously said whether he had been vaccinated, saying it was a “private” matter for him and his family.
However, he told reporters on Tuesday that he has now been vaccinated, as part of a Lakers campaign to ensure 100% of the team and staff have taken the vaccine.
“At the end of the day you always try to find ways to be available and protect each other and put yourself in the best possible position when you are available to your teammates, available to do what we need. to do on the floor, ”James said.
“The ultimate goal is to win a championship and that starts with being healthy, which is the number one thing.
“We are delighted to know that we have given ourselves another opportunity to be available to each other, and that is what happened. “
James said he chose to get the vaccine after deciding it was in the best interests of himself and his family.
“When it comes to me, I can speak for myself,” James said.
“I think everyone has their own choice of doing what they think is good for themselves and their family and things of that nature.
“I know I was very skeptical about all of this, but after doing my own research I felt it was best for me, my family and my friends. That’s why I decided to do it. “
About 90% of NBA players have reportedly been vaccinated as the new season approaches.
However, there remains a significant number of people who have either said they will not take the vaccine or have refused to confirm their status.
Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving said Monday he was keeping his decision private while Washington Wizards ace Bradley Beal said he was refusing the vaccine for “personal reasons.”
When asked on Tuesday if he could play a bigger role in persuading individuals about the vaccine, James said it was not for him to do so.
“You’re talking about the bodies of individuals,” James said. “You are not talking about anything political, racism or police brutality. You talk about the body and the well-being of people.
“I don’t feel that I personally should be involved in what people are doing for their bodies and their livelihoods. It would be like saying if someone should take this job or not. You need to do what’s best for you and your family.
“I know what I have done for myself and my family. But in terms of speaking for everyone and their individualities and what they want to do… that’s not my job. “
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