Internet brain rot has claimed another public figure. John Stockton is so steadfast in his anti-vax and anti-mask stance that Gonzaga, the college program he is the most famous face of, is a place he grew up blocks from, where his father played football, a place he came from. came. No. 16 overall pick in the 1984 NBA Draft and would set the league’s all-time record in total assists and steals and become a Hall of Famer — no longer allowed in the gym to watch his alma mater play.
Gonzaga has suspended Stockton’s tickets for not complying with the university’s mask mandate. He confirmed this in a interview with the Spokesperson Review.
It should come as no surprise that Stockton is firmly opposed to basic forms of protection against COVID. He was in a anti-vax documentary this summer in which he praised hours of research that led him to conclude that COVID, which has killed nearly 900,000 Americans so far, is not such a serious disease.
In that Spokesperson-Review interview, he went into even more detail about his wild COVID conspiracies than last year. At one point he was asked, “Is there anything else you want to say about this?” Stockton then went full, brain-fried-in-a-skillet-by-Illuminati videos.
Stockton suggested that 100 vaccinated professional athletes have died. He also said that at least 20,000 people have died as a result of the vaccine, a low estimate confirmed by the CDC through VAERS (Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting Systems), and that there have been more than a million injuries.
He doesn’t even know that VAERS works. On its website, the CDC explains that VAERS alone cannot be used to determine whether a vaccine is a cause of death or injury. The only thing that a VAERS report can confirm is that a person has had an adverse reaction and this happened after vaccination. The data is “incomplete, inaccurate, coincidental or unverifiable” and also subject to bias because the data comes from people who report side effects themselves.
The Spokesperson-Review even noticed at the end of the interview, and in a second story published that same day, that Stockton’s statistics and many of the statements he made in the interview are in no way based on the facts.
Is it okay if I pretend John Stockton’s career never happened and Magic Johnson is still the NBA’s all-time assist leader? I know it would be hypocritical to criticize Stockton for his COVID denials and then I turn around and deny his basketball career, but I won’t say anything dangerous and I’ll feel better.
I never chose the Utah Jazz in NBA Jam, but it’s sad to see Stockton take this turn to the dark side. He is part of one of the most glorious eras in the history of the sport, NBA basketball of the 1990s. A time when everyone’s shorts were finally getting longer except his and Jeff Hornacek’s, NBA Entertainment was making excellent videotapes, and the NBC-themed NBA was the soundtrack to a sports Sunday after the Super Bowl. I smile when I think of Shaquille O’neal shattering the boards and the occasional real fistfight on the field.
Stockton and his booty-hugging shorts were a much-needed villain for the time. Sure, the New York Knicks have enforced their no layup rule a little too hard, but they’re still the Knicks. No other team could make an 82-79 game so much fun. The Jazz, on the other hand, was the perfect villain. They were in a market that no one outside of their state cared about, they played dirty in a nasty YMCA open gym kind of way, and gave us a bunch of NBA fans to make fun of when they claimed Stockton was the best guard in the game. league.
But those of us who opposed the Jazz still respected them. These days, we’ve known for a while that Karl Malone is the type of despicable human being impregnated a 13 year old while in college, and now John Stockton sounds like a narrator on a ride in the Q’Anon amusement park. I think I will always have Antoine Carr and his sunglasses.
The internet has claimed another brain. Damn shame it had to be you John.