NBA star LeBron James said he decided to get the Covid-19 vaccine despite initially feeling “very skeptical about it all”.
James made the comments about his decision during the Los Angeles Lakers media day, in which discussions around vaccinations and the players’ attitudes towards them took centre stage.
He said he decided to get the shot because “it was the right thing to do” but he does not feel it’s appropriate to try to impose any views on other people, or force them to take the vaccine.
“I don’t talk about other people and what they should do,” James said.
“We’re talking about individual bodies. We’re not talking about something political, or racism or police brutality.
“I don’t think I personally should get involved in what other people do for their bodies and livelihoods.
“I know that I was very sceptical about it all but after doing my own research I felt like it was best suited for me and my family and my friends.
“But as far as speaking for everybody and their individualities and things they want to do, that’s not my job.”
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The 36-year-old has become one of the latest players to be vaccinated in the division, which now has a vaccination rate of around 90%.
It’s a much higher percentage than the US general population, which managed to fully vaccinate 56% of its total population.
Frank Vogel, the coach of the Lakers, is delighted that the team will soon be vaccinated.
He said: “I’m super proud of our guys making that commitment.”
While the overwhelming majority of players in the league have decided to take the vaccine, a story from the Rolling Stone has suggested Brooklyn Nets’ All-Star Kyrie Irving has decided to not get the vaccinations.
Irving, who played alongside James, may find himself in trouble as New York City Laws prohibit unvaccinated persons from entering sporting arenas.
This would mean he would not be allowed to compete in the Nets’ home matches at the Barclays Center.