Michael Jordan Picks A Side On The Vaccine Debate

Many in the NBA community are split on the league’s COVID-19 protocols, but Hornets owner and Bulls legend Michael Jordan is steadfast in how he feels.

Jordan sat down with Craig Melvin of NBC’s Today on Monday to talk about the protocols and said he’s a believer in science and always will be.

“I am total in unison with the league. And I think everybody, you know, has been speaking about the vaccinations,” Jordan said. “And, you know, I’m a firm believer in science and, you know, I’m going to stick with that and hopefully everybody abides by whatever the league sets the rules. I think once everybody buys in, we’re going the be fine.”

Jordan’s remarks come as players such as Nets guard Kyrie Irving and Magic forward Jonathan Isaac have been outspoken about not taking the vaccine. It was just this morning that Nets general manager Sean Marks announced that Irving will not play until he’s fully vaccinated, which he’s not likely to do. Irving is not permitted to play in home games unvaccinated due to the New York state mandate for indoor events/gatherings.

The other option would be to trade Irving, which might end up being the final result. One can only imagine if this was going on during Jordan’s era and with a key member of one of his teams. If Scottie Pippen looked Jordan in the eye and said he wouldn’t play because he won’t get a shot, Jordan might’ve actually lost it. And Pippen might have been on a different team that same day.

But this is the current era and Irving among others will surely test the limits and the league’s protocols. As for Jordan believing in the science, it is true that getting vaccinated does help protect you from COVID-19. But it’s also the same for natural immunity, which has been proved by numerous studies including the popular Israeli study, to be just as good in preventing individuals from contracting the virus.

Written by Nick Geddes

Nick Geddes is a 2021 graduate of the University of Central Florida with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism. A life-long sports enthusiast, Nick shares a passion for sports writing and is proud to represent OutKick.


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  1. People who say they “believe in science” almost never know what science even is. Science is the process of using experimentation to verify hypotheses. The morality of a vaccine mandate is not something that can be scientifically determined because you can’t measure morality.

    If anything, a generally accepted value in the scientific community is that performing experiments without the consent of your test subjects is unethical. A true believer in the scientific process would thus be more likely to oppose vaccine mandates than to support them.

    • We certainly don’t buy Nike shoes anymore. In fact we buy nothing Nike… used to buy Nike golf clubs. No longer.

      Seems they are more interested in hawking $100+ sneakers to people who don’t seem to be able to afford them. Applaud them for taking a stand – but it works both ways. I also took a stand.

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