One of the glories of the Utah Jazz in the NBA is undoubtedly John Stockton, whose on-court relationship with Karl Malone gave the team its glory days. But just as Stockton was good on the court, he has long been dedicated to making bold, unscientific statements.
The most recent was made during an interview with Michele Tafoya, where he claims to have proof that “hundreds” if not “thousands” of professional athletes have died after being vaccinated against Covid-19.
It is not the first time he insists with such a statement
Some time ago, in an interview with the Spokesman-Review of Spokane, Washington, Stockton claimed that he knew of 150 athletes who had died from the Covid-19 vaccine.
“I think it’s pretty much on record, there’s 150, I think it’s now over 100 professional athletes dead. Professional athletes, in the prime of their life, dropping dead vaccinated, right on the field of play, right on the field, right on the court,” Stockton said.
That brought him several criticisms from fans and media outlets such as The Wrap, which noted, “Those claims are not backed up by any scientific or factual data.”
Now he claims there are ‘thousands’ of deaths
During the recent podcast Sideline Sanity with Michele Tafoya, Stockton insisted on his bold assertion, “I knew at the time that 150 was a dramatically low number,” he added, while claiming to have proof of the athletes who died when he made those claims to the Spokesman-Review.
“I went back and looked; I have names, pictures, faces, where they played,” Stockton continued. “I had over 300 at the time, so I felt pretty confident with my 150, and again people had to come out and discuss it. I had the proof in my hands: a piece of paper with the names on it.”
“Now it’s a lot more than that,” Stockton said. “I think it’s thousands now, but don’t quote me. I’m not saying it’s 1,000 or more, but it might be. It’s a big number,” he concluded.