“Everyone has their own choice to do what they think is right for them and their family and similar things,” James said at the Los Angeles Lakers Media Day in El Segundo, California. “I know I am very skeptical of all this (sic). But after completing my research and things of similar nature, I feel that it is not only the best for me, but also for my family and my friends. This is what I decided The reason for this is it.”
“It’s not a big deal,” James stammered, followed by a chuckle.
James said on Tuesday that although he was vaccinated, he could not impose this decision on others.
“We are talking about people’s bodies and well-being. Personally, I don’t think I should be involved in what other people should do for their bodies and livelihoods…. You have to do what is right for you and you The best thing about people is family,” James said.
Some players are still skeptical about vaccines
The NBA does not require players to be vaccinated against Covid-19 in order to compete. However, referees and other staff who work closely with players must be fully vaccinated.
The visiting team players who compete in the city arena are not included in the local government’s vaccination mission.
CNN learned this week that the Knicks have fully vaccinated all players, while the Nets and Warriors have not yet done so, or have been exempted.
The league announced on Friday that the NBA rejected Golden State Warriors star Andrew Wiggins’ request for religious exemption from vaccination, which made him ineligible for home games until he met San Francisco’s vaccination requirements.
Brooklyn Nets point guard Kyrie Irving did not disclose his vaccination status on the Nets Media Day on Monday. He also did not say whether he hopes to be vaccinated or comply with the regulations when the Nets return home after the preseason game against the Lakers on Sunday.
He said he wanted to “keep these things secret.”
“I am a person first,” Irving said. “Obviously, living in this public domain, there are many questions about what is happening in Carey World, I think I just want to keep it private and deal with it in the right way, and plan forward with my team.”
Isaac clarified his comments at a press conference on Monday, saying that he is not anti-vaccine, anti-medical or anti-science.
“This is a war we are involved in. Masks and vaccines-they are the weapons we use to fight this war,” Abdul-Jabbar said.
CNN’s Christina Zdanowicz and Sana Noor Haq contributed to this report.