The Washington Wizards pulled off a big win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday night, thanks in large part to a newly-vaccinated Bradley Beal.
Beal poured in 29 points and 10 assists to lead the Wizards in both categories, which Kyle Kuzma credits to his latest injection.
Vaxx Beal different 🤣🤣🤣🤣 @RealDealBeal23 https://t.co/qE3UoL3Ov1
— kuz (@kylekuzma) December 31, 2021
Beal was one of the most vocal in his stance against taking the Covid-19 vaccine during the start of the year. But with the DC mandate for the vaccine set to be implemented on January 15th, the Wizards star has now reportedly gotten the jab.
Brad, however, affirms that his change of heart was not merely due to the government mandate, but rather a personal decision made for the sake of his family, particularly his father, who's at a heightened risk due to a kidney disease.
Via The Athletic:
“Like I said at the beginning of the year, this is always something I’ve been thinking about,” Beal said. “It obviously came to a point to where I was like, ‘OK, let’s just get it out of the way and not have to deal with it.’ But there are a lot of questions I still have. Us around the league, we’re still trying to figure out how we can be better, how we can still be safe.”
“Ninety percent of our league is vaccinated, and we’re still going down like flies.” continued the Wizards guard. “So we’re just trying to make sure that we’re all protected. For me, selfishly, I’m more concerned about my father and my family. The last thing I want to do is see him in the hospital and on the table. So if that helps, then OK, I’ll do it. But I still have a lot of questions and concerns about it, for sure.”
Bradley Beal isn't all-in on the vaccine just yet. But the Wizards are probably grateful he took it, to help avoid lengthy stays in the dreaded health and safety protocols.