John Stockton hasn’t been in the news since retiring from the NBA in 2002.
That all changed this week when the all-time NBA leader in assists appeared in a documentary that underplays the seriousness of COVID-19. In fact, a clip from the trailer shows Stockton talking about the vaccine and how he doesn’t believe in it.
“This isn’t a virus cheating us of this opportunity,” Stockton said. “It’s the guys making decisions saying, ‘No, no we’re too scared. We’re going to shut everything down. Sit in your house and be careful.’ My kids and my grandkids hearing these things and accepting them as truth when I know by my significant amount of research that it isn’t, it’s very frustrating.”
Cole Beasley has been more upfront about his opinion of the vaccine, pledging to “live my one life like I want to regardless.”
“I will be outside doing what I do,” he wrote. “I’ll be out in public. If your (sic) scared of me then steer clear, or get vaccinated … I may die of covid, but I’d rather die actually living.
“I’m not going to take meds for a leg that isn’t broken. I’d rather take my chances with Covid and build up my immunity that way …I’ll play for free this year to live life how I’ve lived it from day one. If I’m forced into retirement, so be it.”
Beasley also claimed “a lot of other NFL players” agree with his stance but “aren’t in the right place in their careers to be so outspoken.”
Among the many people to comment about the situation on both the current and former players was Jemele Hill.
“I see Cole Beasley and John Stockton are both copying off each other’s homework.”