Los Angeles Laker LeBron James revealed at the team’s Media Day event Tuesday that he is vaccinated against COVID-19, Yahoo Sports reported.
The NBA superstar said that he was “skeptical” about getting the shot, but he felt more comfortable taking it after reading up on the vaccine.
Despite being open about taking the vaccine, James said that it isn’t his job to be a public advocate for taking the vaccine.
“I think everyone has their own choice to do what they feel is right for themselves and their family,” he said.
This article was originally published March 2021
NBA All-Star Weekend, one of the most anticipated sports events of the year, looked different Sunday due to the coronavirus pandemic.
For the first time in history, the event took place on one night and there were COVID-19 measures in place.
As part of the events, the National Basketball Association and the National Basketball Players Association announced that they would commit more than $2.5 Million to Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
The league said it would also help provide support and awareness around access to COVID19 care and vaccines.
NBA writer Marc Spears, who joined BNC to discuss the weekend, said LeBron James revealed taking the COVID-19 vaccine is a decision that is a private family discussion for him.
When asked if he would take a Covid-19 vaccine, LeBron James says such is a private family discussion.
— Marc J. Spears (@MarcJSpears) March 7, 2021
BNC hosts Sharon Reed and Mike Hill discussed his comment on Start Your Day.
Reed expressed disappointment in James’ decision not to say if he is getting the COVID-19 vaccine.
“I’m not arguing with him having the right to do that. But he’s LeBron. We’re going to do what he says. It could impact so many people. Why didn’t he just say ‘I’m going to take the vaccine,'” Reed said.
Hill said he sees both sides of James’ decision to keep it private. “Maybe he had some doubts and he doesn’t want to say he’s not taking it,” he said.
Both hosts pointed out that James has been vocal about other issues, including social justice and voter suppression. They say his lack of transparency about the vaccine could lead to the assumption he will not get it.
“Once again, he missed out on a great opportunity. Because even if he does have doubts, Sharon, maybe he should speak up on those doubts so maybe they can be addressed by some of those experts out there,” Hill said.
Reflecting on an interview with Dr. Anthony Fauci’s on Start Your Day, Reed recommends a sit-down with Fauci and James to discuss the vaccine.