The NBA star has been a vocal supporter of the technology, which is designed to help athletes manage their health and wellness.
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With the NBA season just around the horizon, one would expect that talks would focus on the game itself and how each club, as well as its individual players, will adapt to new difficulties.
Instead, the rising anti-vaxx issue involving certain league players has grabbed the news. This opposition was led by players like Steph Curry and, for a while, Andrew Wiggins.
While Wiggins has already succumbed to the demands of receiving the vaccination, many are left asking why the majority of the game’s greatest names have yet to push for their colleagues to get it.
Steph Curry addressed things from his viewpoint in a recent interview with The Athletic:
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“To your point about why individuals are unable to talk, there is a significant locker room component to it, for better or worse.” It’s all part of the game. In that regard, it’s all part of simply defending one other. And I get how it seems like we’re not taking the bigger picture, that we’re not addressing the bigger issue here. But I believe you’re starting to see more men be a little more vocal, a little more direct in how they approach it and share their point of view. And I’m hoping that we’ll be the next 100 percent league sooner rather than later. At the end of the day, it’ll be a fantastic case study on how we got here.”
Steph, like the rest of us, wants everyone to receive the injection and has no doubt gotten weary of the COVID-19 process. But, at the end of the day, he has no authority over what people do with their bodies.
“”I spoke about it during media day, particularly surrounding Wiggs’ issue,” Curry said. “I can only speak for myself in this circumstance.” I was quite straightforward and upfront about getting it; I thought it was the right thing to do for everyone, knowing it was safe and that I’d asked the appropriate people. On Wiggs, there was still a feeling of urgency about determining when he needed to be vaccinated in order to be ready for the season and all that. The ball, however, was in his court. It wasn’t the right moment to give him an ultimatum or anything like that. So, speaking for me, it’s a difficult discussion to have. As you said, there are a lot of other people in the league with a variety of mics and platforms, and they’ll handle it as they see appropriate. I liked the process of reaching out to Fauci, as you said; I had two discussions with him, which I broadcast on full blast in the hopes of reaching a large audience and spreading the correct facts. However, it is a team effort. Ninety-five percent is a good score; it’s not quite 100, but we’re aiming to get there soon.”
Curry allegedly talked directly with Fauci to express some of his reservations and concerns. Others do not have the luxury, and they often turn to individuals like Curry for guidance on how to handle difficult situations.
Nonetheless, it’s understandable that LeBron James, Kevin Durant, and Steph Curry have (so far) refrained from criticizing the unvaccinated. It’s difficult to have such discussions (particularly as a colleague) about something so personal, especially when the decision is ultimately theirs.