This week, Plies weighed in on another topic that’s been dividing opinion lately: the NBA’s COVID-19 vaccine policy. Earlier this month, the debate heated up after the Brooklyn Nets decided to ban Kyrie Irving from all team activities (that includes playing games) until he agrees to get vaccinated.
On Tuesday (October 19), NBA legend Magic Johnson shared his thoughts on the topic in an interview with CBS Mornings. The Los Angeles Lakers icon urged all NBA players to get jabbed, saying they’re letting their teammates down if they don’t — a comment that was taken as a thinly-veiled shot at Kyrie Irving.
“The fascist NBA won’t let Kyrie Irving play for refusing a vaccine,” controversial Republican congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene tweeted last week. “But yet they still let Magic Johnson play with HIV.”
But on Wednesday (October 20), Plies entered the fray to talk some sense. The Florida rapper took to Twitter to shut down those who have been drawing a false equivalency between the NBA banning Kyrie Irving for being unvaccinated and Magic Johnson playing multiple seasons with a HIV diagnosis.
“People Say The NBA Let Magic Play With HIV,” he wrote. “U Can’t Contract HIV From Shaking Hands, Hugging, Coughing, & Running Up & Down The Court. COVID U CAN. HIV Is Transmitted Thru Drop of blood(SyringeOr Unscreened), Birth & Unprotected Sex. If Players Were Havin Babies, Sex Or Sharing Syringe U Had A Point!”
People Say The NBA Let Magic Play With HIV. U Can’t Contract HIV From Shaking Hands, Hugging, Coughing, & Running Up & Down The Court. COVID U CAN. HIV Is Transmitted Thru 🩸(💉Or Unscreened), Birth & Unprotected Sex. If Players Were Havin Babies, Sex Or Sharing 💉 U Had A Point!