A sporting legend questioned a fellow athlete for expressing concern about the number of competitors who died from vaccination.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar opposed National Basketball Association Hall of Fame listed John Stockton’s warnings about 150 athletes who died after being immunized against coronavirus (COVID-19).
He accused Stockton of making the general public think sporting personalities are dim-witted.
“Statements like that make the public look upon athletes basically as dumb jocks, for trying to explain away something that is obviously a pandemic,” the 74-year-old legend said in a video shared on Twitter.
Abdul-Jabbar cannot comprehend how speaking about the number of vaccine related deaths could possibly save lives.
“I think John’s reaction to the vaccine is extreme and not based on reality or facts,” he can be heard saying. “If John could just check the facts out he would understand that this vaccine is saving lives and preventing people from having serious reactions to the virus.”
The veteran basketballer described the COVID-19 vaccine as a “useful” preventative measure.
“The best way to fight pandemics is through vaccination and testing. Those are the means by which we identify the problem and do our best to mitigate it,” he said.
“It will not eliminate the virus overnight but it will stop people from dying and will stop people from becoming seriously ill. This is a great benefit to us and we have to make use of it,” he added.
However, Stockton does not appear to be willing to change his mind anytime soon. The athlete previously refused to wear face masks at college basketball games.
Gonzaga University responded to the mask mandate breach by revoking his season tickets.