Hall of Fame center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar suggests that the NBA should “remove” unvaccinated players and staff from their teams.
“The NBA should insist that all players and staff are vaccinated or remove them from the team,” Abdul-Jabbar said in a feature by Matt Sullivan in Rolling Stone.
Abdul-Jabbar is an outspoken advocate for the COVID-19 vaccines; and even promoted them in a public service announcement with former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Sullivan’s excellent feature details basketball personalities and their thoughts on the COVID-19 vaccines; chief among them: skeptics Jonathan Isaac and Kyrie Irving and advocates Enes Kanter and Grant Williams.
San Francisco and New York have enacted local ordinances that will mandate Warriors’, Knicks’, and Nets’ players be vaccinated.
Nets’ general manager Sean Marks noted that there would be “a couple people missing” if the season started “today.”
The COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective at “helping protect against severe disease and death” caused by infection, per the CDC.