Thursday, October 14, 2021

Kyrie Irving and coronavirus; Magic Johnson and HIV: Another Republican lie

Eugene Scott of the Washington Post quoted two tweets complaining that NBA player Kyrie Irving has been banned from playing for refusing to get a coronavirus vaccination while Earvin "Magic" Johnson played with HIV in the 1990s. (The tweets were by Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Georgia) and Lavern Spicer, a Republican candidate for a Congressional seat in Florida.) Scott predicts this will be a Republican talking point in the future in the United States. HIV, of course, is not transmitted through the air, as Sars-Cov-2 is – and Johnson actually retired after he received his HIV diagnosis in 1991, only playing again in the 1992 Olympics and briefly in the 1995-1996 season. (Andrew Shields, #111words, 14 October 2021)


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