LeBron James’ Limp Response About COVID Vaccine Creates Stir

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Adam Silver’s attempt to sexify the COVID vaccine among the league’s most prominent figures has been received about as well as a poopy diaper. While guys like Bill Russell, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Gregg Popovich have participated in the NBA’s public service announcements to normalize the vaccine, in this league, the buck always stops at King James.

“My hunch is that most players ultimately will choose to get vaccinated,” NBA commissioner Adam Silver said Saturday. “They have to make personal decisions at the end of the day — and I take that very seriously, and I take concerns very seriously. But my sense is most [players] will, ultimately, decide it is in their interest to get vaccinated.”

LeBron caused quite the stir over the weekend when he refused to offer support of the COVID vaccine, which is said to be 95 percent effective.

“That’s a conversation that my family and I will have. Pretty much keep that to a private thing,” James said. “Obviously I saw Adam had his comments about the vaccination. But things like that, when you decide to do something, that’s a conversation between you and your family and not for everybody. I’ll keep it that way.”

LeBron’s comments shine light on a greater phenomenon in the black community about vaccine mistrust rooted in structural racism, which is partly why black Americans are being vaccinated at significantly lower rates than white people.

According to recent Kaiser Family Foundation poll, about 35% of Black Americans said they don’t plan to get the vaccine, citing fears about safety and concerns that the vaccines are so new. I can’t imagine LeBron’s lukewarm reception of the vaccine will bump those numbers any higher.

The response on the world wide web, as is typical, was confrontational.

Stick that needle in my ass. I wanna dance this summer.

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