Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, shared support for four NBA players and their decision to not get the coronavirus vaccine.

Cruz, who is fully vaccinated against COVID-19, said he supported Golden State Warriors forward Andrew Wiggins, Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving, Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal and Orlando Magic forward Jonathan Isaac.

His tweet read:

“I stand with Kyrie Irving.

“I stand with Andrew Wiggins.

“I stand with Bradley Beal.

“I stand with Jonathan Isaac.

“#NBA

“#YourBodyYourChoice”

Cruz is acknowledging some of the most outspoken players when it comes to the COVID-19 vaccine.

  • Wiggins asked for a religious exemption from the vaccine but the request was denied.
  • Irving has been liking Instagram posts related to vaccine conspiracy theories, per Rolling Stone.
  • Isaac said he supports the COVID-19 vaccine, but individuals can make their own decisions. Rolling Stone reported he didn’t support the vaccine for himself after watching speeches by former President Donald Trump.
  • Bradley Beal said he is still considering getting the vaccine. According to ESPN, Beal told reporters they can still get COVID-19 even if they’re vaccinated, suggesting that the vaccine doesn’t do well to protect people from the virus.
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The COVID-19 vaccine has been a source of contention in the NBA recently. It began last week when the NBA denied a request by Wiggins for a religious exemption for the vaccination. This immediately raised questions about Wiggins’ eligibility to play for the Warriors at home because San Francisco requires vaccines for some workers, as I wrote for the Deseret News.

Then came the Rolling Stone piece that reveals some conspiracy theories — such as one where “‘secret societies’ are implanting vaccines in a plot to connect Black people to a master computer for ‘a plan of Satan,’” per Rolling Stone — are circulating through the NBA.

That said, about 90% of NBA players are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, according to reports. And some stars, like Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James, have spoken about why they got vaccinated.

  • “I think everyone has they own choice — to do what they feel is right for themselves and their family and things of that nature,” he said. “I know that I was very (skeptical) about it all but after doing my research, I felt like it was best suited for not only me but for my family and my friends.”