Charles Barkley Has Blunt Message For Unvaccinated Athletes

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Charles Barkley is not afraid to bluntly state his opinions, on matters related to basketball and otherwise.

Last week, Barkley aimed his focus on athletes who have not received the COVID-19 vaccine. It’s not the first time he’s done this either.

During an appearance as a guest host of “The Mike Missanelli Show” on Philadelphia’s 97.5 The Fanatic, Barkley, who is fully vaccinated, called the players who have not gotten the shot “selfish.”

“For us to be selfish and not trying to help the world get back where we can take these stupid masks off and go out to dinner in a full restaurant, I just think it’s selfish,” said Barkley, 58, who is fully vaccinated.

“I’ve heard these idiots talk about chips in it, and I heard people talking about [the government]wants to follow us around,” the basketball Hall of Famer added of conspiracy theories surrounding the shots. “They can follow us around anyway. Everybody got a cellphone. And first of all, what are you doing that you’re worried about people following you?”

As of late July, 90% of NBA players were vaccinated, according to players’ union executive director Michelle Roberts. The league has also promised relaxed testing protocols for vaccinated players.

Additionally, some NBA host cities, such as New York and San Francisco, will not allow unvaccinated players to participate in games or team activities unless they have a valid religious or medical excuse, in accordance to local vaccine mandates

“This follows local governmental policies, meaning unvaccinated players on the Nets, Knicks and Warriors are not allowed to play in home games,” Stadium’s Shams Charania wrote on Wednesday. “Visiting players are exempt from the vaccination requirements in NYC and SF.”

[ NBC Sports ]

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