Charles Barkley thinks NBA players and other athletes deserve ‘preferential treatment’ for the COVID-19 vaccine
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Charles Barkley thinks NBA players and other athletes deserve ‘preferential treatment’ for the COVID-19 vaccine

Getting vaccinated for COVID-19 is well underway around the world, and with so many players in the NBA who recently tested positive, it seems it should be a priority for the league as well. Unfortunately, so far, the league representatives haven’t shared any reliable information on when the NBA will vaccinate the players. Charles Barkley, however, believes that should be a priority and that players deserve to have preferential treatment.

While making an appearance on ‘Inside the NBA,’ Barkley said players should have preferential treatment and priority because they pay more taxes than regular people.

“Three hundred million shots, give a thousand to some NBA players, NFL players, hockey players. “As much taxes as these players pay. Let me repeat that: As much taxes as these players pay, they deserve some preferential treatment.”

Charles Barkley, via Inside the NBA

Barkley often makes controversial statements, which caused a reaction, especially from Kenny Smith, who seemed astonished hearing what Barkley said. Earnie Johnson also disagreed, saying that older adults and those who have other severe ongoing health problems should get the vaccine first.

Barkley probably didn’t mean to exclude someone, and he probably doesn’t think athletes are in some way privileged in that regard because the leagues should have this on the top of their priority list at the moment. Getting a few thousand vaccines is a small number when you consider that millions are shipped to the US alone. Getting the majority of players vaccinated would bring stability into the season because the NBA was already considering pausing everything for 7-14 days because of the spike in players that tested positive for Covid-19.