Los Angeles Lakers held their first media day today before the start of their new season. Obviously, one of the hottest topics apart from all the basketball-related ones is the Covid-19 vaccine and the potential problems unvaccinated players will have for their teams during the season.
LeBron’s voice and opinion is the one that matters a lot in the NBA community, so naturally, reporters asked him about the current situation in which some players openly opposed the new mandate. Players like Andrew Wiggins, Kyrie Irving, and Bradley Beal have openly said they are not planning to take the vaccine even if it costs them sitting out games.
LeBron James explains his decision to get vaccinated, but wanting to respect others for whether they decide to get it pic.twitter.com/khPH3NePAX
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Surprisingly enough, LeBron wasn’t picking any side in this matter and believes everyone has a choice whether to take it or not. He personally did it because of his family after researching whether it’s safe and would benefit him.
“I know that for me I can speak about myself. “I think everyone has their own choice to do what they feel is right for themselves and their family, and things of that nature. I know that I was very [skeptical] about it all, but after doing my research and things of that nature, I felt like it was best suited for not only me but for my family and for my friends, and that’s why I decided to do it.”LeBron James, via Mark Medina
The before-mentioned players that openly said they are not planning to take the vaccine have received a lot of backlash from others, more specifically Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Shaquille O’Neal. LeBron thinks every person should decide to do whatever they want with their bodies, and he personally doesn’t even want to question or criticize someone for their decision.
“We’re talking about individual’s bodies. We’re not talking about something that’s political or racism or police brutality or things of that nature. We’re talking about people’s bodies and well-being. So I don’t feel like for me personally that I should get involved in what other people should do for their bodies and their livelihoods.”LeBron James, via Mark Medina
LeBron is aware this is a hot topic in the NBA that will continue to present problems for a few NBA teams despite close to 90 percent of players being vaccinated. But essentially, he is right about not wanting to speak on others players’ behalfs for their reasoning behind not taking the vaccine. Everyone should have the right to make that decision after doing the proper research and making the decision they feel comfortable with without any type of shaming or blame game that is currently happening across the world.