Enes Kanter is a devout follower of his religion. The Boston Celtics center is a Muslim by faith, and he makes sure to follow the traditions of the Muslims to the T. He believes in all the core beliefs his religion preaches
So when Kanter was asked about players citing religious beliefs as reason to skip the COVID-19 vaccine, the Celtics player was confused. In an interview with Rolling Stone for their piece on vaccination in the NBA, Kanter said this about the topic.
“If a guy’s not getting vaccinated because of his religion, I feel like we are in a time where the religion and science has to go together. I’ve talked to a lot of religious guys – I’m like: ‘It saves people’s lives, so what is more important than that?”
The NBA has a few players who cite their religion as reasons to not get vaccinated. Orlando Magic forward Jonathan Isaac, who was also mentioned in the same article, is a hardcore Christian who doesn’t believe in the vaccine and refuses to get the shot. Perhaps more famously, Andrew Wiggins of the Golden State Warriors is currently embroiled in an issue with his team over his refusal to get the COVID vaccine. There are many more teams who have issues with vaccination rates, including Kanter’s team, the Celtics.
Kanter is calling BS on players citing their religion as a reason not to get the vaccine. After all, what’s more important than saving other people’s lives? If the Celtics center, who is one of the most religious players in the league, is getting vaccinated, what’s truly stopping the other religious guys to get the vaccine?
Get Vaccinated & Save Lives 🙏@RollingStone
— Enes Kanter (@EnesKanter) September 26, 2021