The cultural clash over vaccine mandates has clearly spread to the National Basketball Association.
According to reports, Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar wants to require vaccinations for everyone in the league while a handful of star players are speaking out against such mandates.
“Unable to grasp the seriousness of the situation”
As for the Los Angles Lakers legend, he recently claimed that unvaccinated players placed others at a higher risk and called on the league to stop coddling players who were hesitant — regardless of their reasons — and impose a strict mandate.
His remarks came in a recent Rolling Stone article decrying “anti-vaxxers” who had stood in the way of a mandate imposed by the NBA for players, coaches, staff, and vendors.
“The NBA should insist that all players and staff are vaccinated or remove them from the team,” Abdul-Jabbar told the outlet. “There is no room for players who are willing to risk the health and lives of their teammates, the staff, and the fans simply because they are unable to grasp the seriousness of the situation or do the necessary research.”
He went on to declare it “especially disingenuous” to see the “arrogance” of “vaccine deniers” who believe they know better than medical experts.
“Yet, if their child was sick or they themselves needed emergency medical treatment, how quickly would they do exactly what those same experts told them to do?” he asked.
“Perpetuates the stereotype of dumb jocks”
Abdul-Jabbar later declared that unvaccinated players are “failing to live up to the responsibilities that come with celebrity” by declining their shot.
“Athletes are under no obligation to be spokespersons for the government, but this is a matter of public health,” he added.
He went so far as to assert that anti-vaccine athletes are “contributing” to COVID-19 death adding: “I’m also concerned about how this perpetuates the stereotype of dumb jocks who are unable to look at verified scientific evidence and reach a rational conclusion.”
Much of the article focused on unvaccinated Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving and also singled out Orlando Magic player Jonathan Isaac, who addressed the criticism in recent remarks to the press.
Jonathan Isaac is more educated, intelligent, and speaks with more moral clarity on this issue than the reporters that condescendingly cover him and the morons who mock him on Twitter.
— Will Cain (@willcain) September 28, 2021