SJ - March 8, 2021
It sounds like LeBron James isn't planning on getting the COVID-19 vaccine. The Lakers star did an interview on for NBA All-Star Weekend on Sunday and the topic of the pandemic came up.
One reporter asked LeBron if he would be getting vaccinated, which the NBA will not require, and he wouldn't commit to doing so. He instead says the decision will be made with his family and that it will not be made public.
This was surprising to many given how influential LeBron is.
From TMZ Sports:
Another 'rona question was raised at the very end of the interview ... a reporter asked if he himself would get vaccinated whenever that became an option, and whether he'd encourage everyone in the Players Association to do the same. He also referenced Adam Silver's recent remark that he was gonna leave it up to NBA players and not make it mandatory.
Silver said ... "My hunch is that most players ultimately will choose to get vaccinated. They have to make personal decisions at the end of the day."
In response, LeBron said this about his own decision on the vaccine ... "That's a conversation that, you know, my family and I will have. And, probably pretty much keep that to a private thing." He said he was aware of Silver's comments, but insisted it was something to be discussed among the family and not in public, and that's where he was going to keep it.
LeBron is a young healthy athlete so he's not exactly in a high risk category if he doesn't get the vaccine. The issue people are having is that he's a high profile athlete who isn't willing to commit to getting the vaccine.
LeBron could do a lot of good if he were to get vaccinated. There are a lot of people who don't trust vaccines and apparently he is one of them...
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