Hall of Famer Charles Barkley urges the Covid vaccine to be MANDATORY in the NBA and other professional leagues, saying it ‘would be tragic if someone close to him died because of unnecessary conspiracy bulls***’
- Charles Barkley, 58, compared playing a professional sport to having a corporate job
- “Every workplace has rules and I think one of the rules (should be) that boys should be vaccinated,” he said.
- He said ‘yes, I’m vaccinated’ before calling unvaccinated people ‘a**holes’
- It is not mandatory for NBA, MLB and NFL players to get vaccinated
- NBA’s Andrew Wiggins and Kent Bazemore, NFL’s DeAndre Hopkins and MLB’s Hector Neris have all spoken out about not getting the vaccine
NBA Hall of Famer Charles Barkley insists that all professional sports leagues should make it mandatory for players to be vaccinated if they want to play.
The excited 58-year-old TNT basketball was typically candid when he lashed out at those who refuse to take the Covid-19 vaccine.
‘Can you imagine one of these guys who isn’t vaccinated making the kids, wives, girlfriends, moms and dads of one of these players sick and die from some needless conspiracy bulls***?
“I think that would be tragic,” he said CNBC.
NBA Hall of Famer Charles Barkley, 58, says all professional sports leagues should make it mandatory for players to get the vaccine to participate
Barkley compared playing in a professional sports league to having a business job.
He said, ‘There are things you can’t do at work and there are things you must do at work. So every workplace has rules and I think one of the rules (should be) that boys should be vaccinated.”
Up to 80 percent of NFL players, 90 percent of NBA players and 85 percent of MLB players have shot at least once.
Assured ‘yes, I’ve been vaccinated’, Barkley made his comments after a wave of Covid cases broke out across America due to the Delta variant.
Kent Bazemore of the Golden State Warriors said ‘no sir’ to the vaccine during a video conference with reporters in March
“Everyone should be vaccinated. Period.
“The only people who haven’t been vaccinated are just holes,” he added.
But his opinion is not shared by all athletes in American professional sports, with several stars speaking out about their refusal to be vaccinated.
The NBA’s Golden State Warriors shooting guard Andrew Wiggins said, “I don’t see myself getting it anytime soon unless I’m somehow forced to.”
Wiggins’ teammate Kent Bazemore said “no sir” in a video conference with reporters in March when asked if he would be vaccinated.
MLB’s Phillies closer Hector Neris joins the group of controversial, pro sports players.
“I don’t want to stand a chance,” he told the Mets in April before the series opener.
Phillies manager Joe Girardi backed Neris: “I think it’s a personal decision. So whatever the player decides, I will support him no matter what.’
Hector Neris of MLB’s Phillies joins the band of controversial, ant-vax professional sports players and the team’s manager, Joe Giradi, said ‘whatever the player decides, I will support him, no matter what’
The NBA, MLB and NFL have “strongly encouraged” players to get vaccinated, but have not made it mandatory. NFL guidelines alone require vaccination for all Tier 1 personnel, including coaches, front office managers, equipment managers and scouts.
Anti-vaxxers Rick Dennison, assistant coach for the Minnesota Vikings, and Cole Papovich, the co-offensive line coach for the New England Patriots, are both out next season due to NFL guidelines.
The NFL’s Arizona Cardinals recipient DeAndre Hopkins deleted a tweet earlier this month saying he would “question his future in the NFL” if not getting the vaccine could hurt his team’s chances this year. .
His tweet was posted on the heels of an NFL memo stating that a forfeit would be announced for games canceled due to an outbreak among unvaccinated players and could not be rescheduled within the season’s 18-month window.
The memo also stated that if a forfeit occurs, players from both teams would lose their game controls.
After deleting the first tweet, Hopkins then tweeted “Freedom?”
The NFL’s Arizona Cardinals recipient DeAndre Hopkins has been vocal about his anti-vax views on Twitter after an NFL memo stated that if a forfeit were to occur due to an outbreak among unvaccinated players, both teams would would lose their match checks
Hopkins deleted the tweet he posted on July 22, in which he questioned his future in the NFL if not getting the vaccine could hurt his team’s chances this year. He later tweeted to let his fans know he wasn’t going anywhere anytime soon