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LeBron James said on Tuesday that he doesnât think he has the right to judge people over their vaccination status.
James made the comments during Los Angeles Lakers media day, touching on the vaccine as well as his teamâs addition of former league MVP Russell Westbrook.
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âI donât talk about other people and what they should do,â James said. âWeâre talking about individual bodies. Weâre not talking about something political or racism or police brutality. I donât think I personally should get involved in what other people do for their bodies and livelihoods.
âI know what I did for me and my family ... But as far as speaking for everybody and their individualities and things they want to do, thatâs not my job.â
Lakers coach Frank Vogel said the team is on track to be 100% vaccinated. âIâm super proud of our guys making that commitment,â Vogel said.
Vaccination rates in the league as a whole are around 90%, far higher than in the general US population. However, a story in Rolling Stone strongly suggested that the Brooklyn Netsâ All-Star Kyrie Irving, a former teammate of James, hasnot been vaccinated. New York City laws preclude unvaccinated people entering sports arenas, which would mean Irving could not play Nets home games if he has not had the Covid-19 shot.
James also touched on the addition of Westbrook and what the two-time scoring champ needs to do in his first year with the Lakers.
âWe need Russ to be Russ,â James said. âWe donât need Russ to change for anybody, thatâs why we got him.â