Senator Ted Cruz, R-Texas, has expressed support for a handful of NBA players who have defended their position on the coronavirus vaccine as well as LeBron James who has said he is not going to influence any player or teammate somehow on the jab.
Cruz, who has mostly criticized the NBA and its stance on social justice issues and relations with China, tweeted on Wednesday that he was standing alongside Brooklyn Nets goalie Kyrie Irving, Golden State Warriors goalie Andrew Wiggins , Washington Wizards goaltender Bradley Beal and Orlando Magic forward Jonathan. Isaac.
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The senator wrote that he even stood with James on his position. The Los Angeles Lakers superstar said “it’s not my job” on Tuesday when asked if he thinks he should advocate publicly for players and others to get vaccinated.
“I think everyone has their own choice of doing what they think is right for themselves and their family,” James said, via Yahoo Sports.
Cruz tweeted that he agreed with James and called on the NBA superstar to take it one step further and say he won’t be playing anywhere that would ban players who haven’t received the vaccine.
Vaccination status of players was a hot topic on Team Media Day.
Irving asked reporters to respect his privacy regarding the vaccine. He may not be able to play at home in Brooklyn due to New York City’s mandate for people to prove they have the vaccine before entering confined spaces.
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Wiggins was denied a religious exemption to avoid receiving the jab. Beal said on Monday he understood both aspects of getting the vaccine, but explained why he hadn’t received it. On Tuesday, he said he was considering receiving it after all.
Isaac gave a long answer as to why he didn’t get it.
“I am not anti-vax. I am not anti-medicine. I am not anti-science. I didn’t get to my current vaccination status by studying black history or watching Donald Trump press conferences. the utmost respect for every healthcare worker and person in Orlando and around the world who have worked tirelessly to keep us safe. My mother has worked in the health field for a very long time. Thank God, I am thankful to live in a society where vaccines are possible and where we can protect ourselves and have the means to protect ourselves in the first place, ”he said, via NBC Sports.
“But that being said, I am convinced that each person’s immunization status should be their own choice and entirely at their discretion without intimidation, pressure or being forced to do so. I’m not ashamed to say it. I am not comfortable with the vaccine at this time. I think we are all different. We all come from different places. We all have had different experiences and we hold onto different beliefs. And what you do with your body when it comes to putting drugs in there should be your choice, free from ridicule and the opinion of others. “
Isaac said he understood what the vaccine is supposed to do, but expressed concern about adverse reactions. He said it should be up to the individual.
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Athleticism reported last week that about 90% of NBA players are vaccinated and the rate increased before training camp. Players are not required to be vaccinated.