Summary clip of today's events in sport, 12/30 (Sport1)
John Stockton has become a controversial figure in recent years mainly due to his staunch opposition to corona vaccines.
The legendary former point guard, the NBA's all-time record for assists and steals, has spoken out several times in recent years strongly against the vaccination policy, and at the beginning of the year his subscription to the Gonzaga College games where he took his first steps in his career was canceled, after he refused to wear a mask in the stands.
Stockton even made rather puzzling claims in the past, according to which "hundreds of athletes died because they were vaccinated against Corona".
These claims were refuted of course, but Stockton continues to insist and yesterday (Thursday) was quoted as saying things in a similar spirit in an interview he gave to the local media in Utah.
"In my opinion, the number of athletes who died after being vaccinated is already close to 1,000. I have proof, I have a page with all their names. Don't hold me to the exact number, don't quote me, but these are the numbers more or less. Hundreds of athletes have already died because of this." .
Another unfortunate statement.
Stockton (Photo: GettyImages, Tim Nwachukwu)
When the interviewer tried to make things difficult for Stockton and asked him to provide support for his claims, he continued: "I received this information from all kinds of places, already many months ago. Only now do I have enough confidence to reveal it and share it."
As mentioned, Stockton has become, since the outbreak of the corona virus, an enthusiastic spokesman for the anti-vaccination movement in the United States.
Recently, he even expressed support for Kyrie Irving, who missed many games last season due to his refusal to get vaccinated, saying: "I am proud of him for daring to express these positions in public. Hundreds of thousands think like him and don't dare to say it directly. I know the price he paid , and admire him for that."
The 60-year-old Stockton is considered as one of the greatest point guards in the history of the NBA.
He holds the all-time records for assists and steals by a wide margin, and his resume includes 10 All-Star appearances and two Olympic gold medals.