In SummaryWith new health protocols in the NBA, Hall of Famer Grant Hill speaks out about the new rules as well as his initiative for preventing prostate cancer in Black and Brown men.
Health protocols in the NBA are causing concern as the league announced those who miss a game due to not being vaccinated or becoming infected with COVID-19 will not be paid.
Basketball legend Grant Hill speaks out about the league’s decision and addresses the vaccine hesitation not only in basketball, but also in Black and Brown communities.
“You know as particularly as it relates to the African American community where there may be skepticism about it, I think we have an opportunity to be leaders and influencers on this cause,” Hill says in a BNCGO interview. Hill also adds he believes the issue will be resolved and players will get vaccinated.
The NBA currently has 90% of the league fully vaccinated. Although they are currently not mandating that all players get vaccinated, the new rules in place could serve as motivation. Hill doesn’t see any chance of real backlash and supports the league’s new rules.
“Maybe the league had to do that, maybe the league had to come out and take a hard-line stance, and just say ‘hey these are the rules,’” Hill says.
The NBA veteran also touches on the issue of setting a positive example for those in Black and Brown communities whom turn to celebrities. His hope is that those with a large platform will be responsible when using it.
“I just think you want to be proactive here you want to go and give yourself an opportunity to survive this,” He stated.
Hill is now the managing director of the US Men’s National Team and has partnered with the Prostate Cancer Center to promote early testing for prostate cancer in Black and Brown communities.
“Prostate cancer is another issue, it’s a crisis, particularly in our community, you know, prostate cancer disproportionately affects and impacts African American men,” Hill says. “African American males are two times as likely to be diagnosed, and two and a half times more likely to die from prostate cancer.”
He emphasizes the impact earlier detection has on treatment for cancer and hopes to help Black men get a head start on the disease. With his organization called Start Strong he educates men on the dangers of not getting checked for prostate cancers and assists with finding a doctor.
“Getting a checkup, finding out, you know what are the treatment options for you, extending your life if you’re diagnosed with prostate cancer men, you know we particularly African American men we don’t like to go to the doctor,” the Hall of Famer touts.
Hill wants everyone to know how important it is to take the initiative and become proactive in taking ownership for one’s health.