The medical community has done a significant amount of research to ensure that vaccinations are as safe and effective as possible in the greater goal of ending the COVID-19 pandemic. Apparently, NBA legend John Stockton has done the same — though he has come to the opposite conclusion as the vast, vast majority of experts.
In a snippet from an anti-vaccine documentary, the Utah Jazz great explained his stance on the vaccine and how he feels about the public perception of COVID-19 (h/t Jared Greenspan of New York Post).
"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 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."
In another quote, one that is posted on the official website of the documentary, Stockton used Stephen Curry in a metaphor to get a point across — though I'm not quite sure what that point is, to be honest.
"One of the things that sticks in my head is losing someone like Steph Curry to basketball would be a crime," the quote attributed to Stockton says. "I just think what a disappointment to this world it would be if that guy didn't become who he is. So I wonder who we are missing out on right now."
Some of the other voices joining Stockton in the documentary, listed as "well-credentialed doctors, scientists, researchers, legal experts and champions," are Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Del Bigtree, and Ben Tapper, a chiropractor whose claims about the vaccine and PCR tests have been fact-checked and labeled as false.
Social media had a lot to say about Stockton's appearance (Warning: NSFW language).
Ron Dicker of HuffPost.com compiled a number of Jazz fans' reactions to Stockton's appearance in the trailer as well.