The Rolling Stone and other leftwing media outlets attempted a smear campaign on NBA player Jonathan Isaac for his personal decision to not get the COVID-19 vaccine. Isaac was accused of being an anti-vaxxer and conspiracy theorist with crazy ideologies.
The Rolling stone article attempted to undermine the young athlete’s intelligence and wrote:
The Orlando Magic’s 23-year-old starting forward is deeply religious — and proudly unvaccinated. When NBA players started lining up for shots in March, Isaac started studying Black history and watching Donald Trump’s press conferences. He learned about antibody resistance and came to distrust Dr. Anthony Fauci. He looked out for people who might die from the vaccine, and he put faith in God.
However, once Isaac was able to speak directly to the media, his composure and factual analysis proved once again that the mainstream media is an extra “arm” of the Biden administration.
“I’m not ashamed to say that I am uncomfortable taking this vaccine at this time” Isaac respectfully stated after providing his own personal analysis of how he came to his conclusion. Although he does not owe the media nor the public any explanation, he humbly said in a press conference, “I was pretty badly misrepresented in the Rolling Stone article. And because of that, I can understand anyone who may say they don’t transparently or overtly trust the media.”
“I am not anti-vax. I’m not anti-medicine. I’m not anti-science” Isaac explained. In a well thought out discussion, Isaac was able to publicly defend himself, as well as others who don’t have a platform to defend themselves. Many came to Isaac’s defense on social media prompting responses such as, “fire Fauci, hire this guy” and “NBA Player Explains Vax Hesitancy PERFECTLY.”
Within a nearly nine minute discussion with the media, Isaac eloquently said:
“I didn’t come to my current vaccination status by studying Black history or watching Donald Trump press conferences. I have nothing but the utmost respect for every healthcare worker and person in Orlando and all across the world that have worked tirelessly to keep us safe. My mom has worked in healthcare for a really long time. I thank God, I’m grateful that I live in a society where vaccines are possible and we can protect ourselves and have the means to protect ourselves in the first place.
“But with that being said, it is my belief that the vaccine status of every person should be their own choice and completely up to them without bullying, without being pressured or without being forced into doing so. I’m not ashamed to say that I’m uncomfortable with taking the vaccine at this time. I think that we’re all different. We all come from different places. We’ve all had different experiences and hold dear to different beliefs. And what it is that you do with your body when it comes to putting medicine in there should be your choice, free of the ridicule and the opinion of others.
“I’ve had COVID in the past, and so our understanding of antibodies, of natural immunity has changed a great deal from the onset of the pandemic and is still evolving. I understand that the vaccine would help if you catch COVID, you’ll be able to have less symptoms from contracting it. But with me having COVID in the past and having antibodies, with my current age group and physical-fitness level, it’s not necessarily a fear of mine. Taking the vaccine, like I said, it would decrease my chances of having a severe reaction, but it does open me up to the – albeit rare chance – but the possibility of having an adverse reaction to the vaccine itself.
“I don’t believe that being unvaccinated means infected or being vaccinated means uninfected. You can still catch COVID with or with not having the vaccine. I would say honestly the craziness of it all in terms of not being able to say that it should be everybody’s fair choice without being demeaned or talked crazy to doesn’t make one comfortable to do what said person is telling them to do. I would say that’s a couple of the reasons that I would say I’m hesitant at this time.
“But at the end of the day, I don’t feel that it is anyone’s reason to come out and say ‘This is why’ or ‘This is not why.’ It should just be their decision. And loving your neighbor is not just loving those that agree with you or look like you or move in the same way that you do. It’s loving those who don’t.
“When it comes to the NBA and them having restrictions or rules in place, the NBA is free to make those decisions, and I as a member of the NBA would follow suit with whatever protocol is set before us.
“If the NBA is to give us regulations like we can’t maybe sit at the same part of the plane as the other players or eat in the same room as the other players, my only thought on that would be I don’t think it would logically follow for us to then play on the court and share the same ball and bump chests and do all those things. So, if the NBA is going to do those things, I would honor it. But at the same time I would ask that it doesn’t seem logically consistent.
“Getting the vaccine is not the only way to protect the people around you. I think it’s an option. I think it’s a good option with anyone who has done it. I see it as those who have decided to take it as people who have decided to take it. But there are other measures to be taken to protect people around you, like all of you are wearing masks even though I’m sure all of you are vaccinated. Being socially distant or being wise about washing your hands – all of the things that the CDC and other people have told us to do to protect ourselves. I believe that the vaccine is an option. I don’t think it’s one hundred percent necessary to think about protecting the people around you.
“For me, I’ll just take everything in stride and figure out things as we move forward. I’m not set in stone. I never said I was proudly unvaccinated. Even if I am, I’m not someone to come out and say that in any way.
“When it comes to being religious, I think God calls us all to be wise.”