LeBron James raised eyebrows with a tweet suggesting that something “fishy” is going on as the Los Angeles Lakers star sits out upcoming games due to the NBA’s COVID-19 health protocols.
The fully vaccinated NBA player has been sidelined due to COVID-19 test results though the team has not revealed that James has a positive diagnosis. The 36-year-old missed Tuesday night’s game against the Sacramento Kings while following the NBA mandate of a minimum of 10 days of isolation away from his team following several tests for the virus.
James tweeted a message Wednesday that seemed to raise even more questions and set off a wave of speculation about what he could mean.
“Something is REAL (fish emoji) going on,” he tweeted.
🤔Something is REAL 🐠 🐟 🎣 🐟🐠 going on
— LeBron James (@KingJames) December 1, 2021
Though there was, as yet, still no clarification about the tweet, many social media users brought up James’ past vaccine hesitation.
“I know that I was very skeptical about it all,” James said in late September after getting the shot. “But after doing my research and things of that nature, I felt like it was best suited, not only for me but for my family and my friends. And that’s why I decided to do it.”
“LeBron coming out as a covid vaccine skeptic and he and I becoming buddies because of this is the plot twist the Internet needs,” sports journalist and radio host Clay Travis responded to James’ tweet.
LeBron coming out as a covid vaccine skeptic and he and I becoming buddies because of this is the plot twist the Internet needs. https://t.co/MzQ4MtrmUc
— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) December 1, 2021
“He said he’s good,” James’ teammate Anthony Davis told reporters, according to the Los Angeles Times. “I think he’s asymptomatic, which is a good sign, but we want to make sure that he gets back. Health is most important. This is bigger than basketball. He has a family. We want to make sure that he’s good no matter what.”
Social media users continued to wonder about what James could have thought is so fishy:
I don’t understand his tweet, at all. Can someone make sense of it for me?
— bit me (@bit_me_please) December 1, 2021
Lebron realizing the vaccines don’t actually work. https://t.co/nC052OysOg
— Tired Slav (@TheTiredSlav) December 1, 2021
TAKE THE RED PILL 😂 https://t.co/Q150mNDSEj
— Shawn Farash ❌🐻 (@Shawn_Farash) December 1, 2021
Wow u just noticing.. Kyrie been telling y’all tighten up https://t.co/u6S0jQk3Cz
— Free 🌞 (@FREEtribe93) December 1, 2021
Now this could get interesting. Or he could just delete this tweet within an hour. https://t.co/oYES6wNgkr
— Pat Jablonski (@PatJablonski) December 1, 2021
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