Numerous top NBA players are hesitant to back COVID-19 vaccine, according to sources
According to sources close to ESPN, there are numerous top NBA players who are hesitant to promote and back efforts to participate in public service announcements and bolster broad promotion of using the COVID-19 vaccine.
The NBA has reached out to elite players’ agents about their participation in PSA’s encouraging people to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, but the league has been met with noncommittal responses due to the players’ shared concerns with members of the Black community throughout the country about the vaccine’s effects on their health.
There are many reasons behind the reluctance to support the push for the vaccine amongst top players, which include concerns of its effects for themselves and others, and the desire to not extend the league further favors amid widely unpopular plans for an All-Star Game. With that, the league has continued to try to educate its players about the benefits of taking the vaccine and feel strongly that current star players giving favorable opinions of the vaccine would have a significant impact in the Black and Brown communities across the country.
Spurs head coach Greg Popovich and NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabaar have already publicly supported the vaccine on television commercials. For more sports coverage, click here.