Lakers icon Kareem Abdul-Jabbar reacts to LeBron James’ COVID-19 vaccine stance
Abdul-Jabbar has unabashedly called out the few NBA stars who refuse to get the shot as headlines continue to circulate on the vaccine’s potential implications on the coming season. While the Lakers’ current star, LeBron James, has indeed been vaccinated, he hasn’t been as vocal in campaigning for it as the Hall-of-Fame center.
LeBron said he was skeptical of the vaccine at first, but after doing research, he decided to do it "for my family and my friends." But he, like AD, avoids stressing that others should do it as well. https://t.co/fJOqm5Ioch
— Kyle Goon (@kylegoon) September 28, 2021
In an interview with Vincent Goodwill, Kareem was asked about LeBron James’ decision not to speak out publicly to advocate for the vaccine to his fellow players and the general public. The Lakers center responded in a roundabout way, saying that LeBron’s actions, which in this scenario means getting himself and his family vaccinated, speak volumes.
“He doesn’t speak as a spokesperson for getting vaccinated, but he is speaking as a parent and a father and someone who has to care for his family,” said the Lakers legend on LeBron. “In that context, he got vaccinated and got his family vaccinated. So there’s a lot of ways to skin this cat. But you have to get the message across.”
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on LeBron James refusing to publicly advocate for the Covid-19 vaccine: "He doesn't speak as a spokesperson for getting vaccinated, but he is speaking as a parent and a father." pic.twitter.com/1NOyOgvXMw
— Vincent Goodwill (@VinceGoodwill) October 1, 2021
The COVID-19 pandemic continues to hover over the NBA. All we can hope for is that the on-court action doesn’t get affected too much by anything off it.