Nuggets coach Michael Malone won’t be ‘thought police’ after Michael Porter Jr.’s controversial coronavirus comments
The Nuggets coach was asked about Porter’s comments on Wednesday. While Malone said he would like his players to be “sensitive” about what’s happening around the country, he’s not going to play “thought police” when it comes to their words:
"I'm not the thought police. I'm not going to tell our players what they can and cannot say," Michael Malone says about Michael Porter Jr.'s snapchat post. He follows by saying he hopes his players remain sensitive to the current climate and what's happening in the country.
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In a Snapchat Q&A, Porter revealed that while he acknowledges the COVID-19 threat, he thinks that the situation has been “overblown” and that there’s a “bigger agenda” at play:
“Personally I think the coronavirus is being used obviously for a bigger agenda,” the 6-foot-10 forward said. “It’s being used for population control in terms of being able to control the masses of people. The whole world is being controlled.
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The Nuggets youngster brought up the travel restrictions that may be imposed once the vaccine has been developed before revealing himself to be an anti-vaxxer:
“You’re required to wear masks. And who knows what will happen when this vaccine comes out. You might have to have the vaccine in order to travel. Like that would be crazy. I’ve never been vaccinated in my life. I’ve never had any shots or anything like that. So, it could get crazy.”
Malone, who was diagnosed with COVID-19 himself, said he wasn’t able to talk to the second-year Nuggets forward yet. Porter’s comments came as COVID-19 deaths in the United States went over the 150,000 mark, with over 660,000 deaths worldwide.
Malone and the Nuggets don’t intend to make Porter’s comments a distraction as they get set to restart the season. Denver holds a 43-22 record, which is good for third in the Western Conference.
The Nuggets’ first game back is against the Miami Heat on Saturday afternoon. It’s unclear how much playing time Porter will get after he was in and out of the rotation before the hiatus.