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In the midst of the fallout between the NBA and Kyrie Irving, a former Atlanta Hawks point guard has now sounded the alarm on how the vaccine ultimately ended his season last year, and how his team attempted to cover up the side effects he suffered from the shot.
Three-year guard Brandon Goodwin was ruled out of the 2020-21 season halfway through due to a “respiratory condition.” Goodwin is currently a free agent, and with nothing to lose, shared the experience of getting blood clots — which he confidently believes came from the vaccine.
“I was super tired in the games. When we played Philly back-to-back [Apr. 28-30], bro, I was so tired,” Goodwin said, during a Twitch stream on Oct. 3. “I felt like I couldn’t run up and down the court. My back was hurting. Then we went home, that’s when my back really started hurting bad. Then I’m like I have to go to the doctor, that’s when I found out I had blood clots.”
Goodwin admitted that the effects “all happened in the span of a month” of getting vaccinated.
“I was fine up until then, up until I took the vaccine, I was fine. So people trying to tell you it’s not the vaccine, how do you know? You don’t know. Yes, the vaccine ended my season, one thousand percent.”
The player remained fair in his retelling of the story and expressed no animosity towards the Hawks, but he did address some confusion about how they handled his hospitalization.
“Nothing against the Hawks, but they called me the next day while I was in the hospital and told me, ‘We’re going to tell the press that your season’s over.'”
While anomalous among the vaccinated, there has been some correlation between cases of blood clots and the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. The F.D.A. and C.D.C. temporarily advised suspending the vaccine until further data. On May 2021, the C.D.C. reported several cases of blood clots, along with two reported deaths.
Women between the ages of 30-39 were at the highest risk of developing this side effect, while the median age among both gender groups was 40.
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