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‘I Didn’t Do It Willingly’: Mike Tyson Admits He Had to Choose Between Feeding His Family and Holding Off on Taking the COVID-19 Vaccine

More and more professional athletes are publicly begrudging the current vaccination culture, and now even veteran sports entertainers are airing out their grievances.

The former baddest man on the planet, “Iron” Mike Tyson, recently revealed he had taken the vaccination for COVID-19. However, in true Tyson style, the first undisputed champion had a lot to say on the vaccine culture currently in the world.

Reluctant Vaxxing

“I didn’t do it willingly,” Tyson recently told USA Today Sports. The interview with the legend occurred during an interview at his cannabis company, Tyson Ranch.

“I’m a little apprehensive of that. I was pretty much beaten into submission to do this because I travel internationally. And if I don’t travel, we don’t eat.

“So I decided to take the risk and take the shot. And people, they have their own choice. I never got sick.”

However, the 55-year-old believes he might have contracted the novel coronavirus at one point during the pandemic. Tyson said he thought it was “because I was coughing a lot and I was in this place with a lot of people. The whole day I was just coughing, throwing up water, so I was dehydrated.”

Fortunately, Tyson said his initial symptoms passed.

“I might have caught it, but I feel great now,” he said. “I really feel well. The best I ever felt.”

Reluctance Across The Spectrum

Currently, in basketball, Kyrie Irving is the most prominent holdout of high-profile unvaccinated players. The Brooklyn Nets point guard must contend with New York City’s indoor vaccine mandate to play home games at the Barclays Center.

The indoor vaccine mandate has also affected San Francisco and its home team, the Golden State Warriors. Recently, Warriors unvaccinated holdout Andrew Wiggins received the shot to be an active team member. The NBA just entered preseason.

“The only options were to get vaccinated or not play in the NBA,” Wiggins said after the Warriors’ preseason opener against the Portland Trail Blazers.

Click here to find out why other athletes are against vaccination but were forced to due to fear of losing their careers.

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