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Is Damian Lillard vaccinated, and what did he say about the vaccine?

Joshua Rogers September 28, 2021
Is Damian Lillard vaccinated, and what did he say about the vaccine?
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The Portland Trail Blazers star recently attended media day. A number of reporters asked the point guard about covid, so is Damian Lillard vaccinated, and what did he say about the vaccine?

Is Damian Lillard vaccinated?

The NBA currently says that 90% of its players are fully vaccinated, but there are still a number of players refusing the vaccine on religious grounds (Andrew Wiggins), or some just simply not wanting it.

While the NBA cannot impose mandatory vaccines on its players, it is subject to stricter local laws.

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For example, New York City and San Francisco currently prohibit unvaccinated people from attending large indoor gatherings.

This means players who are unvaccinated could potentially be blocked from playing in home games.

Yesterday (September 27) was a big day in the NBA’s preseason, as players gathered for media day.

Damian Lillard is one of the stars of the NBA, and like many, was asked about the vaccination.

Lillard confirmed to reporters that he is indeed vaccinated.

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What did Damian Lillard say about the vaccine?

The Portland Trail Blazers star told reporters that the organization approached him about getting vaccinated to protect him against covid-19.

Lillard said a major reason for getting vaccinated was to protect his family and children.

“They presented the opportunity and I said, ‘Can I bring my family, too?’” Lillard said during media day. “And they said, ‘yeah,’ and that was it.”

“I’m not mad at people for saying, ‘I need to do my research,’ or they got to take the steps that make them comfortable,” Lillard went on.

“But I have a lot of people in my family that I’m tight with and I spend a lot of time around and I’m just not going to put their health or their lives in danger because I want to do research. As a kid, I had to get shots my whole life. Before I went to college, I had to get shots. And, I couldn’t tell you one thing about any of them.”

He added: “I’ve had people in my family actually die and people actually lose their lives to it, and there’s a way for me to protect myself and the people that I love, I’m going to do it.

“It’s pretty simple.”

Neil Olshey, general manager for the Portland Trail Blazers, also confirmed that the entire team is now fully vaccinated.

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Joshua is a senior sports writer with over four years' experience in online writing. He graduated with a BA in Ancient History from The University of Manchester before receiving an MA in Sports Journalism from The University of Central Lancashire. He became a trending writer for a leading social publisher and later spent time covering the 2018 World Cup for The Mirror Online. He then moved to a social marketing agency where he acted as website editor. His specialties on The Focus include F1, tennis, NBA, NFL and combat sports.