Los Angeles Lakers guard Dennis Schroder surprised a lot of people this week when he accidentally revealed LeBron James’ COVID-19 vaccination status.
According to Schroder, he and James are two Lakers who have opted not to get vaccinated.
He did not provide a reason for this decision.
Translation from a German article with an Interview with Dennis Schröder:
“Nearly the whole team is vaccinated – only LeBron and I are not, I think.”
“I can’t go into quarantine again, if that happens now, I‘ll miss a whole round in the playoffs. I can’t live with that” pic.twitter.com/heNvJtfFQG
— Deandre Hayton (@YCSNOW23) May 3, 2021
Following the Lakers’ big win over the Denver Nuggets on Monday night, Anthony Davis took a moment to give his blunt reaction to James’ vaccination stance.
As noted by Bill Oram of The Athletic, James’ decision apparently stems from “personal reasons.”
“Some guys did, some guys didn’t for their own personal reasons,” Davis said.
“I decided to for my own personal reasons. … I’m trying to play my part and get 20,000 back in Staples so we can some more cheers in there than we have now.”
The Bucks owner’s daughter decided to bring 2021 in with a bang by stripping all her clothes off. https://t.co/UgzhEEna4o
— Game 7 (@game7__) January 7, 2021
This has been a rough year for James. Just this week he got some bad news regarding his return from injury. Prior to that he survived a terrifying threat from a crazed fan. Before that he was involved in some pretty controversial on-the-court plays. And that’s to say nothing of the backlash he received over one specific tweet.
How will the somewhat negative PR from this vaccination situation ultimately impact James’ mindset going forward? Time will tell.
Jennifer Withers Hoey is a former Business Development Manager who transitioned to writing about sports. With valuable connections all over the West Coast, she has used those contacts to break some of the most interesting stories pertaining to the Portland Trail Blazers, Oregon Ducks, LA Lakers, LA Clippers, Seattle Supersonics (RIP), and more.