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NBA Legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar wants unvaccinated players kicked off of teams

NBA Legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar wants unvaccinated players kicked off of teams

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Sep 29
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Basketball Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar called for drastic action from NBA teams to deal with their unvaccinated players.

In an interview with Rolling Stone, the former Los Angeles Lakers center weighed in on this issue.

“The NBA should insist that all players and staff are vaccinated or remove them from the team,” said Abdul-Jabbar. “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.”

The 74-year-old reaffirmed his position on Monday.

“I don’t think that they are behaving like good teammates or good citizens,” Abdul-Jabbar told CNN’s Don Lemon. “This is a war that we’re involved in. And masks and vaccines — they are the weapons that we use to fight this war.”

Abdul-Jabbar also once said that athletes and celebrities hold a powerful platform and can help those who are vaccine-hesitant.

“A lot of people in minority communities respect athletes that go out there and take their word on things of this nature,” he told CNN back in March. “Anytime that that happens it’s making it possible for more people to get the vaccination that they need and help us beat this COVID-19 thing down.”

So far, the NBA does not require its players to be vaccinated, although referees and other staff members must be fully vaccinated.

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