During the Lakers’ media day, LeBron James confirmed that he has received a COVID-19 vaccine after expressing initial skepticism.

“Everyone has their own choice to do what they feel is right for themselves and their family and things of that nature,” he said. “I know that I was very skepticism (sic) about it all. But after doing my research and things of that nature, I felt like it was best suited for not only me but my family and my friends. That’s why I decided to do it.”

The 19-year veteran also explained he doesn’t feel that it is his place to promote the vaccine.

“We are talking about people’s bodies and well beings. We’re not talking about something that’s, you know, political or racism or police brutality,” James said. “I don’t feel like for me personally that I should get involved in what other people should do for their bodies and livelihoods… You have to do what’s best for you and your family.”

James’ comments were made while ongoing vaccine controversies have loomed over the start of the season.

The NBA’s vaccination rate currently stands above 90%, far above the national average of 56%. However, a handful of stars have vocally refused to get the shot, a list that includes Kyrie Irving, Bradley Beal and Andrew Wiggins. 

The NBA has proposed a vaccine mandate, which has been rejected by the Players Association. The league will now have to deal with local government mandates that have just been announced in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco.

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