NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has had it with NBA players who refuse to take the COVID-19 vaccine or publicly oppose it. He has a message for NBA stars Bradley Beal and Andrew Wiggins, who have continued to express their displeasure.
In a recent substack post titled ” Another Scary Side-Effect of COVID: Dumb Jock Syndrome “, Kareem specifically mentioned Beal and Wiggins. He went through their reasoning and pointed out some of the flaws one by one.
For Beal, who recently expressed reservations about vaccines due to their lack of 100 percent efficacy, Kareem advised him to never take antibiotics again, as they, too, do not have perfect efficacy. He also stated that Beal should not take shots unless he can score 100 percent of the time in basketball. Kareem chastised Wiggins for fighting on the basis of irrational principles, despite the fact that he has stated that he is “fighting for what I believe in.” People who share his values, he claims, are “clogging our hospitals, crushing our economy, and isolating us from our loved ones.” ”
“Trying to make this a matter of principle would be fine, if there was a rational principle involved,” he wrote. “It’s not being forced to be vaccinated, since no one is forcing you. If you are so righteously committed to the principle, then don’t play professional basketball. Stand firm on that principle. Unless money trumps principle… The problem with that vague philosophy is that the rest of us pay for those sloppy thinkers because they are the ones clogging our hospitals, crushing our economy, and keeping us from our loved ones.”
I am going deep on this Covid vaccine issue….you can read another article I just wrote https://t.co/tXWxQHgSmR
— Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (@kaj33) September 29, 2021
While the NBA has not made its own vaccine mandate, neither they nor the NBPA have the resources to fight local Players who do not get vaccinated will not be allowed to enter crowded sports arenas in cities like San Francisco and New York City, which each have three NBA teams. As a result, Wiggins, Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving, and other unvaccinated players on their teams will be unable to play in home games until they have received vaccinations.
However, the anti-vaxxers have already lasted this long. Even Kareem Abdul-Jabbar doesn’t seem to be able to persuade them otherwise.