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Former NBA Star John Stockton Banned From Gonzaga: Claims Players Are Dropping Like Flies From Vaccine

Written by:
Alejandro Botticelli
Published on:
Jan/23/2022

Former Utah Jazz great John Stockton has been banned from attending Gonzaga games for failing to comply with mask mandates....and that's not all. Stockton is an alumni of the school.  The ban is only temporary.

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As part of a recent interview, Stockton claims that ‘more than 100’ pro athletes have died from the Covid vaccine".  The problem is, there are no professional athletes that have died after taking the vaccine.

“I think it’s highly recorded now, there’s 150 I believe now, it’s over 100 professional athletes dead – professional athletes – the prime of their life, dropping dead that are vaccinated, right on the pitch, right on the field, right on the court,” Stockton told the Spokesman -Review in Spokane.

Spokesman review reporter Theo Lawson beat back that extremely wild claim with a brutal fact check.

“Such claims are dubious and not backed by science, nor are they deemed credible by medical professionals, according to FactCheck.org, a project of The Annenberg Public Policy Center, and research reported by PolitiFact, which is run by the Poynter Institute,” Lawson wrote.

Admitedly, we haven't really followed Stockton much since his retirement but we're now learning he appeared prominently in an anti-vax documentary "Covid and the Vaccine: Truth Lies, and Misconceptions Revealed".

So where did Stockton get such a crazy stat from?

There were widespread claims that 108 FIFA soccer players have died in a six-month period in 2021 with their alleged deaths tied to the vaccine.

The 108 figure initially surfaced in a Hebrew-language article on Real Time News.

In the article itself, published on Nov. 13 (here), the writer claims 108 “professional athletes, coaches, college and youth athletes” have died since December 2020.

Reuters looked into the list of 108 names provided by Real Time News (bit.ly/32pqrt7 , page 6). It appears to be compiled using news reports of the deaths of 108 people, aged 12 – 64, worldwide.

It turns out that the "professional athletes" is really including weight lifters, volleyball players, handball players, field hockey players and many other sports.  Delving deeper, the range includes professional, semi-professional, amateur, retired, youth (under 15 years old), high school and college.  So basically, you and I could have made the list if we ran a mile a day.

And not all were athletes per se.  There are also four soccer coaches listed among the names, as well as one body building coach, one cricket teacher, one athletics trainer, a golf caddie, a marching band member and a doctor who died while out jogging.

In the Real Time News article, the writer says the majority of the 108 deaths were “heart-related” and highlights that they occurred since the global rollout of COVID-19 vaccines.

The piece adds: “This large amount speaks for itself and tells a very different story from the mantra repeated by the media, according to which, the athletes who refuse to get vaccinated are just a handful of ‘vaccine opponents’”.

In 53 cases, a cause of death was reported. These include heart attacks brought on by previously known or unknown heart conditions, while others included prior COVID-19 infections, a cerebral aneurysm, a traumatic brain injury, a motorbike accident, one suicide, two suspected suicides, heat stroke, and a rare congenital condition – anomalous origin of coronary artery.

Moreover, one case was reported in August 2019, prior to the pandemic, and another had a family confirm their relative was not vaccinated.

Some of the listed deaths also occurred prior to vaccine rollouts for respective age groups in certain countries.

In the end, only three of the deaths were from an unknown cause. 

As for Stockton, the school issued the following statement:

“Gonzaga University continues to work hard to implement and enforce the health and safety protocols mandated by the State and by University policy, including reinforcing the indoor masking requirement. Attendees at basketball games are required to wear face masks at all times,” the statement read. “We will not speak to specific actions taken with any specific individuals. We take enforcement of COVID-19 health and safety protocols seriously and will continue to evaluate how we can best mitigate the risks posed by COVID-19 with appropriate measures. The recent decision to suspend concessions in McCarthey Athletic Center is an example of this approach.

“Gonzaga University places the highest priority on protecting the health and safety of students, employees and the community.”

- Alejandro Botticelli, Gambling911.com

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