‘I completely double down’: Basketball star axed for rejecting vaccine... a month after his brother was released over Pfizer claim
The New Zealand Breakers announced that "extraordinary times" had led to the release of Tai Webster, a 26-year-old guard who shared messages of support after his deal was axed over his reluctance to be jabbed.
Defiant Webster had found his playing time limited because he could not travel freely under restrictions imposed by state governments.
"I fully support each player’s freedom of choice in regards to the vaccine," said Breakers owner Matt Walsh.
Lol. Good excuse. The Truth will come out eventually.— Corey Webster (@cwebster9) September 20, 2021
"Tai was amazing for us last year and we wish him the absolute best. The club will keep the door open for Tai but, unfortunately, we are living in extraordinary times and, without being vaccinated, he will not have freedom of travel which would allow him to play for us this season."
Australia's National Basketball League (NBL) has not mandated vaccinations for its players.
Last month, the 26-year-old's brother, Corey, who is also a professional basketball player, falsely claimed on social media that the Pfizer vaccine has killed almost as many people as covid itself.
if I’m betting on myself, I COMPLETELY double down 🚶🏾♂️— Tai Jack Webster I. (@Tjawtherula) September 20, 2021
so how unemployed you gotta be exactly to go on the benefit? Asking for me 🤔😂— Tai Jack Webster I. (@Tjawtherula) September 20, 2021
That also led to his exit from the Breakers despite his contract having two years left to run.
"If I’m betting on myself, I completely double down," Tai said on Twitter, before asking: "So how unemployed have you got to be, exactly, to go on the benefit? Asking for me."
One of the posts he shared described the siblings as "no sheep – only wolves", while another said: "Take note: he's leading by example."
Y’all apologising to nicki Minaj? Coz the VAERS govt page shows adverse reactions of nut swelling. 🤣— Corey Webster (@cwebster9) September 19, 2021
The world crazy. People can’t even ask questions or want more info about what they put in their body without being attacked. Soon it’s just gonna be a war of the vaccinated vs the unvaccinated.— Corey Webster (@cwebster9) August 24, 2021
Corey cryptically tweeted: "Good excuse. The truth will come out eventually."
The 32-year-old appeared to wade in to the controversy over pop star Nicki Minaj's apparent claim that vaccines can cause impotence, suggesting that the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System advice "shows adverse reactions of nut swelling."
"You all apologizing to Nicki Minaj?" he asked, having tweeted last month: "The world crazy.Also on rt.com ‘It’s because he wouldn’t get the Covid vaccine?’ Fans, pundits react as Patriots cut former NFL MVP Newton
"People can’t even ask questions or want more info about what they put in their body without being attacked. Soon it’s just going to be a war of the vaccinated vs the unvaccinated."
Before playing at the University of Nebraska from 2013 and 2017, Tai was an NBL champion in New Zealand and Australia with the Auckland Pirates and the Breakers in 2012 and 2013.
After failing to be drafted into the NBA, he headed to Europe where he plied his trade in Germany and Turkey before returning home in 2020 to the Breakers.Also on rt.com They might be pampered millionaires, but Premier League stars are being cajoled into getting the Covid jab just like everyone else