Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is applauding Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving for challenging the NBA on COVID-19 vaccinations.
The NBA preseason is underway and the league has rolled out several new health and safety protocols surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. Among the many NBA players who have admittedly not received the COVID vaccine are Irving, Bradley Beal, Andrew Wiggins, and Jonathan Isaac.
“I stand with Kyrie Irving. I stand with Andrew Wiggins. I stand with Bradley Beal. I stand with Jonathan Isaac. #NBA #YourBodyYourChoice,” Sen. Cruz tweeted.
Cruz also shared his thoughts on Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James’ recent comments about this subject, who had this to say.
“We’re talking about individuals’ bodies. We’re not talking about something that’s, you know, political or racism or police brutality,” James said. “So I don’t feel like, for me personally, I should get involved in what other people should do with their bodies and their livelihoods.”
Cruz agrees with James also thinks he should boycott playing in an arena that follows vaccine mandates.
“@KingJames is being courageous here,” Cruz wrote. “With his box-office power, he could be even more courageous—he could SOLVE the problem—by saying: ‘I stand w/ my fellow players. And I won’t play in any arena that bans another NBA player because they make a personal healthcare choice.'”
Under the San Francisco Department of Public Health’s current order, Wiggins must get vaccinated in order to play home games at the Chase Center this season. Kyrie Irving faces the same mandate in New York.
The Lakers, meanwhile, are reportedly 100% vaccinated.