Maybe the NBA bubble is starting to get to some players.
Denver Nuggets forward Michael Porter Jr. hosted a Snapchat Q&A on Tuesday night where he began espousing conspiracy theories about the coronavirus.
“Personally, I think the coronavirus is being used obviously for a bigger agenda,” he said. “It’s being used obviously for a bigger agenda. It’s being used for population control in terms of being able to control the masses of people. The whole world is being controlled.”
The 22-year-old added that he has never been vaccinated in his life, although the University of Missouri – where Porter attended -- requires students born after 1956 to “comply with the two-dose MMR Immunization Policy,” according to The Athletic’s Murray.
The NBA season begins on Thursday in Orlando where the league is holding players in a bubble to avoid the spread of the highly contagious disease that has killed nearly 150,000 people in the United States.
There have been zero positive tests over the last three weeks in the NBA, while Major League Baseball – which as teams traveling – has had 17 positive cases among players and staff on the Miami Marlins.
Porter did manage to acknowledge the coronavirus is indeed real, though.
“It is a serious thing,” he said. “It’s a real thing but this is being overblown.”