Hall-of-Famer Charles Barkley gets it and he got it. On a NBA on TNT Released, Barkley responded to anyone who continues to claim that the Covid-19 vaccination is simply a personal choice: “First of all, you don’t get the vaccine for yourself, you get it for others. He has shown that he gets the aim of the vaccination.
And then Barkley let everyone know he had it, which is the Covid-19 vaccine: “I got the vaccine. I look forward to receiving the recall.
Barkley went on to say the following about NBA Commissioner Adam Silver: “You don’t get the shot just for yourself. Like Adam said, you get vaccinated first for your family, then you get vaccinated for your teammates. “
The following includes a video of what Barkley said:
Barkley also rejected any comparison between Irving and boxing legend Muhammed Ali: “People say he’s like Ali. Don’t compare anyone to Ali. Yes, just because someone refuses to do something doesn’t mean that person is like Ali. Ali made personal sacrifices for a bigger cause, to fight racism. He was banned from boxing after refusing to participate in the Vietnam War, saying “I have no quarrel with them Viet Cong.”
It all came after fellow TNT analyst and former NBA player Kenny Smith expressed some empathy for Kyrie Irving’s situation. As I described recently for Forbes, Irving, a point guard for the Brooklyn Nets, is not allowed to play in Nets home games because the New York government requires the Covid-19 vaccination for indoor public activities. Irving argued on Instagram Live that ‘I’m doing what’s best for me’ and ‘It’s just about the freedom of what I want to do. “
Ah, personal choice and the argument for freedom. As I have already indicated for Forbes, Claiming that the Covid-19 vaccination is just a personal choice is a bit like saying that deciding which clothes to wear and where you can urinate is simply a matter of personal choice. While no one makes you wear clothes all the time, getting naked can be a problem at work. You can say “my body, my choice” whatever you want to your employer. Chances are, your employer will respond with something like “our choice is that your body be fired”. Likewise, peeing on a restaurant table and shouting “freedom” won’t get you the special of the day.
No one is forcing Irving to get the shot. No one cornered him at home and imposed the vaccine on him. It’s just that not getting the vaccine has its consequences, like all decisions in life. Choose not to shower, and other people probably won’t want to be around you. Although insects and many microbes may love you. Likewise, many other people will not want to be around someone who is not vaccinated and who may be at higher risk of carrying Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). Additionally, Barkley pointed out that Irving “is still going to make $ 17 million sitting at home.” Irving is expected to earn $ 35 million this season. If he misses the Nets’ home games, which include half the season, he can still take out $ 17 million, as the following tweet suggests:
Getting paid $ 17 million is not a bad situation. There are a lot of people who would wear a bowl seat around their neck all day for that kind of money.
Barkley is certainly not the only current or former NBA player to support the vaccination. At least 95% of current players have already been vaccinated against Covid-19, according to the NBA. This means that on average, no more than one player per team is unvaccinated.
And this is what Air looks like on the science side. During a recent episode of the Today’s showNBA Hall of Fame member Michael Jordan offered overwhelming support for NBA Covid-19 vaccination protocols:
When Craig Melvin asked Jordan, “You mentioned staying healthy and the Covid vaccine. Are you at all concerned about the protocols, “Jordan replied quickly,” Not at all. “
Jordan added, “I am totally in unison with the league. And I think everyone, you know, has been talking about vaccinations. And, you know, I’m a firm believer in science and, you know, I’m going to stick with that and hope everyone is playing by the league rules. I think once everyone buy it will be fine.
It is important to view public health measures such as immunization as a team effort rather than an individual. When you’re on the basketball court, try saying, “I have the freedom to do whatever I want” or “my ball, my choice” and see what happens. Ultimately, your actions affect everyone else on your team. That’s why you put yourself on the bench when you’re too selfish.
Likewise, your protection against SARS-CoV-2 depends not only on your vaccination but also on the percentage of people around you who are vaccinated. Irving may have garnered a lot of attention for refusing to be vaccinated against Covid-19, just as he got quite a bit of press when he previously suggested the Earth might be flat. But that doesn’t mean he represents what most NBA players feel and believe.
Barkley is known for saying what he thinks and calling things as he sees them. It’s time to call the rejection of the Covid-19 vaccine for what it really is. If you refuse to be vaccinated but do not take other Covid-19 precautions to compensate, it is not a personal decision. You make a decision for everyone around you.