While Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving has garnered several hateful and critical comments about his COVID-19 vaccine stance, he has also been not short in the number of supporters. In fact, NBA legend and Utah Jazz great John Stockton is “proud” of Irving for standing by what he believes.
In an interview with DNP-CD Sports Podcast, Stockton expressed his support for the Nets star. A COVID-19 vaccine skeptic himself, the Jazz legend also shared his stance on why he is against the vaccine–specifically it's manufacturers.
“You have a lot of supporters Kyrie,” Stockton said, per New York Daily News. “Not all them of can get to you, and you can’t get to all of them, but there’s every bit a majority out there that’s sitting there pulling for you. They’re just not quite as bold as he is. I’m proud of him as an individual to take that kind of individual risk and be that bold for what you feel is right.”
John Stockton also called vaccine manufacturers “serial felons” as he further emphasized his previous take that the COVID-19 vaccine is being peddled by pharmaceutical companies despite their fraudulent research.
“It’s amazing the protection they have, and even with that, they are serial felons,” Stockton said of he COVID-19 vaccine makers. “Almost each one across the board, they’ve been convicted and paid astronomical sums for the frauds they’ve committed and yet it doesn’t seem like it’s known.”
The NBA icon didn't specify what felonies he's talking about, but it is quite clear he doesn't believe in vaccine.
As for Kyrie Irving, he remains out for the Nets because if his refusal to get the vaccine. New York's mandate prevents him from playing home games, which is why Brooklyn decided to sit him out until he's a full participant.
For what it's worth, it has been recently rumored that Irving continues to refuse the vaccine because he's not trusting the available options for him. He reportedly doesn't want to be considered an anti-vaxxer, though he is cautious of current vaccines because of his health and history with injury.
According to the same report, Irving would be willing to get a vaccine that is plant-based–with one said to be currently undergoing clinical trials.