Sixers guard to miss playoffs because not ‘fully vaccinated’


Philadelphia 76ers goaltender Matisse Thybulle confirmed on Sunday that he will not be able to play in the team’s road playoff games against the Toronto Raptors because he is not “fully” vaccinated, explaining that he comes from a “holistic home”.

“I was raised in a holistic home where anti-vax was not a term used,” the Sixers guard said in an opening statement.

“It’s a weird term that’s been thrown around to just label people, but we grew up with Chinese medicine and naturopathic doctors and with that upbringing, coming into that situation I felt like I had a solid base of medical resources that could serve me beyond what this vaccine could do for me,” he explained.

“As things escalated and this situation unfolded, obviously I had to reconsider and look at things differently,” he said, explaining that he considered getting vaccinated during the playoffs. playoffs last year and, therefore, received only one hit. from Pfizer’s shot.

76ers goalie Matisse Thybulle (Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

Like many others, the player said he initially “felt like getting vaccinated meant I couldn’t catch the disease and pass it on to other people.”

“I felt like if I was going to be a part of society in the position I was in, I had to do the right thing for the greater good. That greater good argument carried a lot of weight for me. he said, adding that the narrative had changed and “it just showed science that that’s not the case anymore, that even being vaccinated you can still spread the disease.”

By then, Thybulle said, he no longer felt like the “greater good” argument applied, because the vaccine was not protecting others after all, as the disease continued to spread. to others.

“…with that taken into account and the holistic context of my upbringing and just the way I view medicine in general, I felt like I was safe going to the doctors that I had to treat COVID if I had it. was getting and in the case that I did, I was able to go about it holistically and I’m able to sit here today healthy and well because of that,” a- he added.

Due to this decision – to only get one Pfizer vaccine – Thybulle will not be able to play in games 3 and 4, which will take place in Canada, which requires travelers to be fully vaccinated:

The Sixers, seeded No. 4 in the Eastern Conference, will face the Toronto Raptors on Saturday, April 16 in the United States.

The news comes weeks after New York City Mayor Eric Adams (D), who recently tested positive for the Chinese coronavirus, made waves after exempting entertainers and athletes from the industry’s vaccine requirement private from the city.




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