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An NBA player has claimed that he was forced to pull out of the 2020-2021 basketball season because of the adverse effects he allegedly suffered from the coronavirus vaccine.
Brandon Goodwin, a former point guard with the Atlanta Hawks who just this week reportedly signed a new contract with the New York Knicks, pulled out last May for what, at the time, was described as a “minor” respiratory condition.
“Atlanta Hawks backup guard Brandon Goodwin will miss the NBA playoffs after being diagnosed with a respiratory condition. While the team described the condition as minor, it will require treatment and keep Goodwin out for the remainder of the season,” the Associated Press reported on May 18th.
Nothing else was known about the “minor” condition until Sept. 29th, when Goodwin, who’s active on the live video-streaming website Twitch, claimed in a Twitch upload that the “minor” condition had, in fact, been blood clots.
Watch a recording of the original clip below, or access the original here:
“I got sick, then I never recovered from it. I would always have back pain. I was just super tired in the games, like when we played Philly back to back. Bro, I was so tired, like I couldn’t run up and down the court,” he said in the clip above.
“And then my back was hurting. Then we went home, I think that’s when I started, like, my back really started hurting bad. And then I’m like I gotta go to the doctor, and that’s when I found out I had blood clots,” he added.
Because of the timing, Goodwin said he was convinced the blood clots were the result of being vaccinated.
“That all happened in a span of a month. I was fine up until then, up until I took the vaccine. I was fine. So people trying to tell me, like, no it’s not the vaccine. I’m like, how do you know? You don’t. You don’t know. Yes, the vaccine ended my season, thousand percent,” he said.
However, after this video went viral, Goodwin posted a tweet claiming that it’s possible he got sick from COVID itself, not the coronavirus vaccine. He may have been trying to preemptively shield himself from incoming attacks from vaccine zealots.
I don’t have a story. That wasn’t something I wanted to get out there. I got sick. Maybe it was the vaccine maybe it was covid idk I’m not a expert. But I’m fine, and I’m healthy and about to play. https://t.co/I5w1BCOOgd
— Brandon Goodwin (@goodysav) October 14, 2021
It’s true, though, that blood clots are also linked to the coronavirus itself:
Less than a month after 18 y.o. Elijah “E.J.” Johnson scored two touchdowns in his first high school game of the season, his mom says he’s fighting to breathe due to COVID pneumonia complicated by blood clots. He’s admitted to a pediatric ICU in Missouri https://t.co/4ZYMuV4a37 pic.twitter.com/r8ZYvFYb9V
— Cleavon MD 💉 (@Cleavon_MD) September 18, 2021
Continuing his remarks, Goodwin said he still has “love for the Hawks” despite them benching him.
“And then the Hawks, nothing against the Hawks, they just called me the next day while I was in the hospital and told me, like, we’re to tell the press that you know your season’s over. I’m like damn. How? I ain’t even, we don’t even know what it is. Whatever. I’m not going to get into all that, bro. I still got love for the Hawks. Mad love for the Hawks,” he said.
But, despite this love, he admitted that the team had asked him to keep quiet about his condition, which would certainly explain why the public’s only now learning that the so-called “minor” condition had, in fact, been blood clots.
“They just, like, don’t say anything about it. Don’t tell nobody. I’m like, bro …,” he revealed in the video.
The problem, he added, is that he wanted to speak up so that he could get back in the game, because according to him, after the initial bout of respiratory problems, he was pretty much back on his feet, even despite being on blood thinners.
“While you take blood thinners, you can’t play you can’t play basketball. You can’t play five on five contact. So during the whole time I was sitting out with the Hawks, I was fine. I was playing three on three, dunking the ball, everything. I was normal. I got back to normal after I had that little episode and went to the hospital,” he explained.
“I kept asking them, like, can I play? I was telling them, like, I’m good, I could play. And they kept saying I couldn’t play, so I’m like all right, whatever bro. I was fine, but nobody cared, seemed to care at all,” he added.
In fairness to the team, Goodwin noted that his doctor also told him “not to play basketball in the summer.”
As for the NBA player’s blood clots, such clots have been most commonly linked to the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
In fact, a Washington State woman recently died allegedly from blood clots obtained from the vaccine.
“The woman, who was in her late 30s, was vaccinated on August 26 and died on September 7 from thrombosis with thrombocytopenia syndrome, known as TTS. It’s a rare and potentially deadly clotting event that has been linked with the J&J vaccine,” CNN reported last week.
The condition is reportedly rare.
JUST IN 🚨 Thrombosis with thrombocytopenia syndrome is a rare and potentially deadly clotting event that has been linked with the J&J vaccine. TTS “is rare, occurring at a rate of about 7 per 1 million vaccinated women between 18 and 49 years old,” the CDC says. (CNN)
— Insider Paper (@TheInsiderPaper) October 5, 2021
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