Michael Jordan on the COVID Vaccine: ‘I’m a Firm Believer in Science’

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The six-time champion and owner of the Charlotte Hornets said he stands in unison with the NBA when it comes to the league’s COVID-19 protocols. 

In an interview with Craig Melvin on NBC’s TODAY on Monday, Michael Jordan, the Charlotte Hornets owner and six-time NBA Champion with the Chicago Bulls, was asked about the league’s COVID-19 protocols.  

Jordan, an intense competitor who didn’t take kindly to excuses during his playing days, said he fully supports the league.  

In the interview, Melvin asked: “You mentioned staying healthy and the COVID vaccine. Are you at all concerned about the protocols?”  

Jordan responded:  

“Not at all. Not at all. I am total in unison with the league. And I think everybody, you know, has been speaking about the vaccinations. And, you know, I’m a firm believer in science and, you know, I’m going to stick with that and hopefully everybody abides by whatever the league sets the rules. I think once everybody buys in, we’re going the be fine.”  

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The comments by Jordan came on the heels of players like Andrew Wiggins, and most notably, Kyrie Irving, who opposed rules that stipulate unvaccinated players cannot play in home games if local protocols require vaccinations.  

Local governments in New York, San Francisco and Brooklyn said any unvaccinated person over the age of 12 wouldn’t be allowed to enter “certain covered premises” inside their respective cities. Covered premises would include the Barclays Center, Madison Square Garden and the Chase Center, home of the Nets, Knicks and Warriors, respectively.    

Andrew Wiggins has since been vaccinated but said he felt forced after learning he could lose millions of dollars.  

Nets head coach Steve Nash has conceded to a stalemate with Irving, who doesn’t expect to have his star guard available for home games. The Nets have also stated that Irving will not play or practice with the team until he can be a full participant.  

NBA and Los Angeles Lakers legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar also strongly backed the league in a prior interview with Rolling Stone.  

“The NBA should insist that all players and staff are vaccinated or remove them from the team,” said Abdul-Jabbar to Rolling Stone. “There is no room for players who are willing to risk the health and lives of their teammates, the staff and the fans simply because they are unable to grasp the seriousness of the situation or do the necessary research. What I find especially disingenuous about the vaccine deniers is their arrogance at disbelieving immunology and other medical experts. Yet, if their child was sick or they themselves needed emergency medical treatment, how quickly would they do exactly what those same experts told them to do?”  

Related: Kareem: Unvaccinated Players, Staff Should Be Removed From Team 

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