Wizards All-Star Bradley Beal revealed during Team Media Day on Monday that he had not received a COVID-19 vaccine, citing personal reasons.
“I don’t feel any pressure, I don’t think you can pressure anyone to make a decision about their body or what they put in their body,” Beal told reporters. âWe can also have this conversation on a lot of different topics besides vaccines. You can’t necessarily force anyone, I think you’re letting people fend for themselves on this. “
Beal, 28, had COVID-19 in July, which led him to withdraw from the U.S. team’s 12-player roster for the Tokyo Olympics. The triple All-Star was placed under team health and safety protocol before the U.S. team confirmed Jerami Grant would replace him at the Summer Games.
âYeah, I had it, but that doesn’t mean I can’t get it again,â Beal said. âI mean it’s no different from someone with the vaccine. Yes, I have developed antibodies for it, so my chances will also be less likely. This is always a possibility, just as there are players, coaches and staff who are vaxxed who also miss the camp.
Beal explained that he, personally “I haven’t been sick at all,âWhen he had COVID-19, but lost his sense of smell.
“I would like an explanation to people who have been vaccinated, why are they still getting COVID? Said BÃ©al. âIf this is something we’re supposed to be highly protected from, it’s funny that it only reduces your chances of going to the hospital. This does not prevent anyone from contracting COVID. “
Since Delta became the dominant variant in the United States, in recent months it has been found that those vaccinated have a five-fold reduced risk of being infected with COVID and a more than 10-fold reduced risk. ‘hospitalization and death, according to the CDC.
Kyle Kuzma – whom the Wizards acquired from the Lakers in Russel Westbrook – followed Beal’s comments, also saying “It’s personalWhen asked if he was vaccinated.
âAt the end of the day, no one really knows how things are going to turn out. America does not know. Some things in health should be personal. Especially us as athletes and the platform that we have. I believe that some things should always be kept at home â, Kuzma said.
Under the new guidelines proposed by the NBA, unvaccinated players must follow much stricter protocols than vaccinated players.
In the note sent to the 30 teams in early September, the NBA said it would follow local regulations on COVID-19 vaccinations. As a result, unvaccinated New York and San Francisco players will not be able to play at home, potentially affecting the Nets and Warriors rosters; Knicks general manager Scott Perry said on Friday that all Knicks players, coaches and training staff were fully vaccinated.
Kyrie Irving did not attend Monday’s Nets media day in person due to New York’s vaccination rules, and has met with reporters on Zoom. Irving did not confirm reports that he was not vaccinated and requested confidentiality when asked about his vaccination status.
The NBA announced on Friday that it was rejecting Andrew Wiggins’ request for a religious exemption to the local COVID-19 vaccination order.
In the new guidelines proposed by the NBA, unvaccinated players are also required to practice social distancing with vaccinated players during events such as team meals and meetings. Unvaccinated players may also be required to eat and travel, which includes airplane and bus, in different sections.
Additionally, unvaccinated players will need to be tested on match days and training days – and possibly more than once on match days. Vaccinated players, meanwhile, will not undergo daily testing.
The proposed rules are not final and are the subject of ongoing discussions with the National Basketball Players Association.