TN To Crack Down On Un-Jabbed NBA Players

Jake Cooper - 08 Oct 2021

NBA players who remain unvaccinated will have to watch their steps when travelling to Toronto for playing against the Raptors at the Scotiabank Arena this season. According to a recent report, those found undermining the city’s quarantine rules face not only heavy fines, but also the possibility of jail time.

According to the latest report on the vaccination drama within the NBA, players not vaccinated will not be permitted to leave their pre-approved hotels other than for official team activities. According to Canada’s Quarantine Act, anybody found in contravention of local health and safety laws could face jail time of up to 6 months behind bars. What’s more, fines of up to $75,000 could be imposed.

Several Blasted As Anti-Vaxxers

The NBA’s health and safety rules furthermore determine that all players travelling to Toronto this season will first have to pass PCR tests.

Several players have been blasted heavily in the media for their refusal to be vaccinated, including big names like Kyrie Irving, Jonathan Isaac, and Andrew Wiggins.

Brooklyn Nets point guard Kyrie Irving has been a particularly controversial figure following his reaction to the vaccine. Irving this week asked that his privacy on the issue be respected.

Much uncertainty remains over whether Kyrie will eventually decide to get jabbed. Should he fail to do so he’ll be asked to sit out of all home games and practice sessions in New York due to local protocols.

Golden State Warriors player Andrew Wiggins has in the meantime opted to get the vaccine after all, coach Steve Kerr announced this week. Wiggins has not revealed the reason behind his change of heart.

Isaac Wants His Voice Heard

As for Jonathan Isaac of the Orlando Magic, his issue with getting vaccinated appears to be uncertainty and discomfort instead of acting from an anti-vaxxer point of view.

Isaac earlier this week said he still believes that everything he is saying comes from a rational way of thinking. He said since America is the land of the brave and especially the free, he believes he has the opportunity as well as the platform (as an NBA star) to do and say what he believes to be the right thing.

He said his decision and the speaking of his personal opinion is not only for himself, but also for the many people who don’t have the same platform as he, and who might feel as if they have no voice.

While the NBA isn’t at liberty to force any player to get the jab, the league said last week that at least 95% of all players are now vaccinated with their first shot. 

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