An increasing number of NBA players are facing scrutiny from sports media as several big stars are maintaining their 'unvaccinated' status, despite rumours of trades and the looming threat of losing half of their season due to not being able to play in home arenas that require vaccine passports.
Perhaps the biggest star is Brooklyn Nets' Kyrie Irving, who recently fielded questions remotely, explaining that he wants to keep his medical information private:
"I would love to keep that private and...handle it the right way with my team," said the seven-time All Star and NBA Champion.
Right behind Irving is Canadian Andrew Wiggins, who currently plays for the Golden State Warriors in California. Recently, the NBA denied Wiggins an exemption from vaccination based on religious exemption.
Wiggins has been less forthcoming about explaining his beliefs;
"It's none of your business," the former Rookie of the Year explained to reporters:
Three-time All Star and Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal turned things around on reporters, asking "I would like an explanation... to people with vaccines, why are they still getting COVID?"
Watch a brave reporter's uncomfortable exchange with Beal in the presser below:
Last but not least, former first-round draft pick Jonathan Isaac of the Orlando Magic succinctly explained his reasons for not being vaccinated; chiefly because of prior infection resulting in natural immunity:
According to recent statistics, black Americans are the least likely racial demographic in the United States to have received at least one dose of the COVID vaccine, at a rate of less than 50 per cent.