Philadelphia 76ers player Matisse Thybulle will not be able to compete in road games during the first round of playoffs due to Canada’s vaccine requirements.
- The Sixers will play against the Toronto Raptors in the first round of the NBA playoffs, with Games 3 and 4 taking place in Ontario’s capital city, NBC Sports reported.
- Due to not being fully vaccinated against COVID, Matisse Thybulle confirmed he will not be able to compete with his teammates during away games.
- This comes after Canada announced that athletes would need to be fully vaccinated in order to enter the country on Jan. 15.
THYBULLE ON NOT BEING FULLY VACCINATED:
“This was a decision I made a long time ago. I thought a lot about what I’d say here. Essentially, I made this choice and I thought I could keep it to myself, I could keep it private, but people are always going to wonder why.”
- While Thybulle has received one dose of the vaccine, he claimed his position changed when he realized he could still be infected even with the shot.
- “At that point, I was under the impression that getting vaccinated meant that I could not get the disease and transmit it to other people,” Thybulle said. “As things progressed, as this virus has changed many different ways, it just showed through the science that that wasn’t the case anymore – that even while being vaccinated, you could still spread the disease.”
- Coming from a family that Thybulle claimed was “holistic” and practiced ancient medicine, the NBA player said he felt he had resources that could serve him “beyond what this vaccine could do for me.”
- “So for me and my reasoning, it felt like getting vaccinated was not something that I needed to do to protect other people… With that being considered and the holistic background of my upbringing – and just the way I view medicine in general – it felt like I was secure in treating myself,” Thybulle continued.