The NBA has been one of the most vocal organizations in recent years about its desire to improve player health and safety. However, a new report from ESPN reveals that players will not be required to get vaccinated for their upcoming season.

The sportscasting is a peak move of hypocrisy and public health negligence. NBA athletes will no longer be required to be vaccinated, which has been a requirement for all major professional sports leagues in the United States.

The COVID-19 epidemic, which began in early 2020, has had a significant effect on almost every area of our life. Aside from school and employment, sports, such as the NBA and NFL, have seen significant changes. There has been a tremendous effort to vaccinate as many individuals as possible now that a vaccine is available. A number of professional athletes are pitching in to assist. Charles Barkley has been a vocal proponent of vaccination, holding a protest in Alabama in August to attempt to boost immunization rates. Unfortunately, some NBA players aren’t as thrilled as their Hall of Fame forward about being forced to be vaccinated.

According to ESPN, COVID-19 vaccinations will not be needed for NBA players.

According to ESPN, NBA players will not be obliged to get vaccinated against COVID-19, according to league sources. The NBA and the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) are still in talks on COVID-19 rules and procedures. The NBPA, on the other hand, is said to be unwilling to agree to players being forced to take the vaccine or to any other suggestion requiring players to get vaccinated.

Teams were previously informed that New York and San Francisco vaccination regulations will be enforced for all members of the New York Knicks, Brooklyn Nets, and Golden State Warriors, including players. Based on the NBPA’s position, it’s unclear if this will really happen. 

NBA referees and personnel must be immunized.

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NBA players vaccinated Houston Rockets’ #13 James Harden. | Scott Halleran/Getty Images

Many people find this hypocritical, especially since the NBA informed clubs in late August that “any staff under team control who worked within 15 feet of players or officials during games would be expected to be completely vaccinated by Oct. 1,” according to the same ESPN story.

In addition, the NBA referees’ organization is requiring that all officials be completely vaccinated before they can oversee any game. In addition, some states, including Washington, are mandating vaccinations before to attending big events such as football games. This may imply that although spectators, officials, and staff will all be obliged to get vaccinated, players will not.

This is a major public health issue.

COVID-19 instances are on the rise, with the CDC reporting over 41 million infections and over 677,000 fatalities as of this writing. Furthermore, according to the CDC, just 54.9 percent of the population has been completely vaccinated. Unvaccinated people had an 11-fold greater chance of dying from COVID-19 than vaccinated people, according to a study published in The BMJ. 

COVID-19 has been the source of many sad tales affecting athletes and their families. Karl-Anthony Towns, the Minnesota Timberwolves’ center, has lost his mother and six other family members to COVID-19, and he tested positive for the virus in January. Jimmy Butler, a Miami Heat forward, was also infected with the virus, causing concern among fans when he lost almost 12 pounds in a week. Both athletes have made a complete recovery, thankfully.

The COVID-19 epidemic is still putting a burden on resources and wreaking havoc on families, but the vaccination can and does save lives.

RELATED: Jayson Tatum Opens Up About COVID-19’s Devastating Effect on Him

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