Danny Ainge admits some Celtics players ‘don’t want’ COVID-19 vaccine
The COVID-19 vaccine has become one of the most polarizing issues not only in the United States but across the globe as well. As it turns out, not even NBA teams are immune from this hotly-debated topic, with recent reports emerging that some Boston Celtics players have refused to get vaccinated.
Cs general manager and president of basketball operations Danny Ainge himself has spoken out about the issue as he admitted that some of his players have not responded positively to the prospect of getting the vaccine:
“I’ve talked to a handful,” Ainge said on Thursday, speaking to 98.5’s Toucher & Rich, via Tom Westerholm of boston.com. “Most of them are getting it, yes, eventually in the next couple of weeks here. But yeah, I think there will be at least a couple that don’t want to get it.”
This is not surprising considering how most folks have their own opinions about the benefits and the downsides of the vaccine. At the end of the day, it is a human rights issue, so players are able to decline the administration of the vaccine.
It is worth noting that among the teams in the NBA, the Celtics have been one of the teams that have been most ravaged by COVID-19. Marcus Smart was one of the first players in the league to test positive. Jayson Tatum also had a bout against the dreaded virus as well and the All-Star forward has since talked about how he feels he hasn’t fully healed. More recently, Romeo Langford and Tristan Thompson have both been out of commission due to the league’s health and safety protocols.