LeBron James, the superstar of Los Angeles Lakers, confirmed this Tuesday that he received the vaccine against covid-19 but he assured that it is not his “job” to convince other players of the NBA to get immunized against the virus.
The forward, who this season will fight for the fifth ring of his career, had been skeptical in the past on the subject and had declined to clarify whether he was immunized, claiming it was a “private” matter for him and his family.
This Tuesday, in the presentation to the media of the new Lakers squad, ‘King James’ said that he participated in the vaccination campaign of 100% of players and coaching staff of the Los Angeles franchise.
“At the end of the day you always try to find a way to be available and protect others and put yourself in the best possible position for your teammates,” said James. “The ultimate goal is to win a championship and that starts with being healthy.”
The forward, who led the Lakers to the title in 2020, said he chose to get vaccinated as it was the best option for him and his family. “I think everyone has a choice to do what they think is right for themselves and their family,” said James, of 36 years. “I know I was very skeptical about it, but after doing my own research I felt it was the right thing to do for me, my family and my friends. So I decided to do it, “he said.
It is estimated that around 90% of NBA players They have been vaccinated before the start this Tuesday of training for the new season, which starts on October 19. However, attention has focused on some figures in the league who for now refuse to be vaccinated or clarify their position on the matter.
On Monday, the base Kyrie Irving did not attend the presentation of the Brooklyn Nets due, according to the US media, because his presence on the field would violate local protocols against the coronavirus.
The figure of the Washington Wizards, Bradley Beal, stated that he has not been vaccinated for “personal reasons” and the Canadian Andrew Wiggins, of the Golden State Warriors, saw how his request for a vaccine exemption for religious reasons was rejected by the NBA and he could miss home games in San Francisco (California).
Asked Tuesday about whether he could play a more active role in persuading other players about the vaccine, LeBron said that role is not his. “You’re talking about the bodies of individuals,” he stressed. “You are not talking about something that is political, or racism, or police brutality. You are talking about people’s bodies and their well-being.
“That’s not my job,” he settled. “I don’t think that, personally, I should be involved in what people do for their bodies and their way of making a living. It would be as if I were talking about whether someone should take this job or not. You have to do what is best for you and your family.