Many of the NBA’s top players are expressing apprehension about accepting invitations to participate in league-sponsored public service announcements to bolster broader acceptance of the coronavirus vaccine, sources told ESPN.
The NBA’s outreach to the agents of many of the league’s elite players—with hopes of getting stars to participate in PSAs to promote the safety and effectiveness of the vaccine—has been met with a tepid response, sources said. Player apprehensions about receiving the vaccine are consistent with those that also exist in Black communities throughout the country.
Sources describe a number of factors contributing to many players’ reluctance to participate, including uncertainty about taking the vaccine themselves, reluctance to advocate its use for others and resistance to extending favors to a league amid the largely unpopular plans for an All-Star Game.
Oh yeah and there’s that other factor—the late Hank Aaron—who was last seen alive 16 days earlier getting said vaccine while completely healthy,
Any-who, commissioner Adam Silver continues to tell top team executives that the league wouldn’t “jump the line” of the general public to get vaccines, but he suggested an optimistic timeline that included the possibility of late March and early April for the start of player vaccinations, sources said. Nevertheless, that’s considered a fluid timeline, largely meant to reaffirm to teams the need to be prepared for whenever the opportunity to vaccinate players comes from public health officials, sources said.
The NBA has lost 30 games to virus-related postponements this season and yet the very players that are having their games impacted seem to have no desire to get the vaccine.
Gotta wonder who they are postponing these games for.