While the vast majority of American professional athletes have been vaccinated, some have chosen not to. Antonio Brown gave the Tampa Bay Buccaneers a fake vaccine card prior to quitting in the middle of a game. Kyrie Irving missed half the season over his choice to avoid the shot. And, of course, Aaron Rodgers famously lied to reporters about being “immunized.”
But NBA Hall of Famer John Stockon has gone farther than any other athlete. During a recent interview with the Spokane Spokesman-Review, the former Utah Jazz point guard claimed that 150 professional athletes have died after receiving the COVID vaccine.
Stockton said during an interview, “I think it’s highly recorded now, there’s 150 I believe now, it’s over 100 professional athletes dead – professional athletes – the prime of their life, dropping dead that are vaccinated, right on the pitch, right on the field, right on the court.”
Of course, there is absolutely no evidence that this has happened anywhere in the world. The paper noted, “Such claims are dubious and not backed by science, nor are they deemed credible by medical professionals, according to FactCheck.org, a project of The Annenberg Public Policy Center, and research reported by PolitiFact, which is run by the Poynter Institute.”
Stockton has been using his platform to push vaccine hesitancy. He was also banned from appearing at Gonzaga basketball games (where he was a legendary player) over his refusal to wear a mask.
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