LeBron James would not confirm whether or not he plans to get a COVID-19 vaccine, saying he’ll keep that decision private in a Sunday media appearance.
LeBron James has put his stance on COVID-19 vaccine into question. When he was asked whether he plans to get vaccinated or not, the pro basketball player got coy and left things up in their air.
The Los Angeles Lakers small forward gave a vague answer when he was interviewed on Sunday, March 7 for NBA All-Star Weekend. When the reporter asked him whether he would get vaccinated whenever that became an option, and whether he’d encourage everyone in the Players Association to do the same, he refused to answer.
“That’s a conversation my family and I will have. I’ll keep that to a private thing,” James told a group of reporters. He also referenced NBA commissioner Adam Silver’s recent remark that he was gonna leave it up to NBA players and not make it mandatory.
“Obviously I saw Adam had his comments about the vaccination,” the athlete added. “But things like that, when you decide to do something, that’s a conversation between you and your family and not for everybody. I’ll keep it that way.”
Adam previously weighed in on how COVID-19 vaccine will bring a new hope for a safe 2020-21 NBA season. “My hunch is that most players ultimately will choose to get vaccinated,” Adam said on Saturday. “They have to make personal decisions at the end of the day – and I take that very seriously, and I take concerns very seriously. But my sense is most [players] will, ultimately, decide it is in their interest to get vaccinated.”
“The CDC has already announced when you get vaccinated, you don’t need to quarantine as a close contact. As you know, many of our players have had to sit out not because they tested positive but because they were required to quarantine because of a close contact,” Adam continued explaining how the vaccine will positively affect the rest of championship.
“In addition, right now as we operate under this so-called work quarantine protocol, where players are largely only going between their homes and the arenas, once they get vaccinated they’ll be able to do more in their communities,” he said. “That’s something we’ve already begun talking to the Players Association about.”
Adam, however, confirmed that none of the active players have been vaccinated yet.
The decision on getting vaccinated should be a private one.