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NBA Players Won’t Be Required To Get Vaccine, Likely Because LeBron Said So

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NBA players won’t be required to get vaccinated to participate this upcoming season because that would be infringing on their rights. Unfortunately, referees, staff and other league personnel will all be required to get the vaccine, according to league sources.

Is it crazy to think that LeBron James’ silence regarding COVID mandates is largely why the league won’t insist that players follow the same rules as normal folk? James claims he passed on getting involved with the NBA’s debacle in China last year since the issues were “too nuanced and complex,” so why isn’t he speaking up now? It’s almost too obvious that LeBron secretly came to the same conclusion most of us did: The players, and any healthy human being, are safe from COVID. That’s why the league won’t apply a mandate. Forcing rich and healthy athletes to get vaccinated isn’t necessary. Players’ compliance only helps bring the real target into focus:

The people.

Why would the referees and most staff members be forced to get vaccinated while LeBron James can remain un-jabbed? Only seems fair that both sides see an opportunity to live the same way, right?

Wrong.

The NBA now wants us to believe allowing an un-vaxxed LeBron James sweat and stand face-to-face inches from another un-vaxxed player poses zero threat — but that an official standing yards away nearly the whole game would suddenly be putting the players at risk. Is that it? If the league wants to argue that the officials and staff are likely more advanced in age so they’re more susceptible to more serious cases of COVID, then great. We can all agree there, and that would mean anyone who is young or healthy enough to pass COVID through their systems unscathed should have the authority to make a choice against a mandate.

Why isn’t LeBron James standing up for the fans and staff members who are forced to a standard he can ignore? James leaves his 9,440 square foot mansion in a cherry red Ferrari to walk into a facility untouched while everyone else that makes this thing ‘go’ must inject their bodies, even if they don’t want to. That’s really sad. Everyone here at OutKick hopes LeBron stands up for staff members and referees, some of whom have been involved with the NBA longer than he has. They should have the same rights.

Roughly 85 percent of the players chose to get vaccinated anyway, and the remaining 15 percent stay anonymous and protected from quitting their jobs. Meanwhile staff members and officials must either take the jab or resign. It’s not right.

 

Written by Gary Sheffield, Jr

Gary Sheffield Jr is the son of should-be MLB Hall of Famer, Gary Sheffield. He covers basketball and baseball for OutKick.com, chats with the Purple and Gold faithful on LakersNation, and shitposts on Twitter. You can follow him at GarySheffieldJr

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  1. Merriam Webster defines anti-vaxxer as anybody who opposes mandatory vaccinations. So by their definition, the NBA is an anti-vax league.

    Also, applying the Merriam Webster standard, all our parents are anti-abortion because they chose not to abort us.

  2. Once again the Pale Jason Whitlock has it all wrong. This has noting to do with Lebron James. Im watching ESPN and WOJ as we speak and he stated “mandatory vaccination was a NON STARTER from the beginning” and has nothing to do with Lebron. Maybe Outkick should do a better job about who’s reporting about the NBA and actually get someone from the culture who actually understands NBA basketball and not some Larry Elder Jesse Lee Paeterson Carlton wannabe? Just a thought

  3. James leaves his 9,440 square foot mansion in a cherry red Ferrari to walk into a facility untouched while everyone else that makes this thing ‘go’ must inject their bodies despite their consent.

    Classic definition of a HATER. Why you wonder about the size of another man’s house. We call that hoe shit. Cmon Carlton, you trying to hard to be accepted. #GetOut

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