Add Orlando Magic forward Jonathan Isaac to the list of NBA players who are taking a stand against COVID-19 vaccines. This sort of movement comes at a time when the league is enforcing new protocols to look after the health and safety of the individuals involved in its operations.
In an article by Rolling Stone’s Matt Sullivan, Isaac explained his reasoning behind such a controversial position.
“You can play on the same court. We can touch the same ball. We can bump chests. We can do all those things on the court. And then when it comes to being on the bus, we have to be in different parts of the bus? To me, it doesn’t seem logically consistent.”
“If you are vaccinated, in other places you still have to wear the mask regardless. It’s like, ‘OK, then what is the mask necessarily for?’” Isaac continues. “And if Kyrie says that from his position of his executive power in the NBPA, then kudos to him.”
Isaac alludes to the fact that Irving, an NBPA vice-president, has not been active in promoting the importance of COVID-19 vaccines. According to Sullivan’s report, Irving’s aunt, someone whom people consider as an influential part of the Brooklyn Nets star’s circle, had cast doubts on the efficacy of these vaccines.
Outside of Kyrie Irving and Jonathan Isaac, Golden State Warriors forward Andrew Wiggins has also been under the microscope as of late. Wiggins’ application for an exemption to the NBA’s vaccine policy was rejected by the league office.