John Stockton, one of the celebrated basketball gamers in historical past, is barred from attending video games at his alma mater, Gonzaga University, due to an unwillingness to adjust to the college’s masks mandate. Stockton revealed that his season tickets have been revoked in an interview with The Spokesman Review printed on Sunday.
Stockton described the dialog with the college officers as each “congenial” and “not pleasant.”
“Basically, it came down to, they were asking me to wear a mask to the games and being a public figure, someone a little bit more visible, I stuck out in the crowd a little bit,” Stockton stated. Stockton added that he was advised that officers had “received complaints” about Stockton’s refusal to put on the masks.
A spokesperson for Gonzaga University, which is in Spokane, Wash., declined to touch upon Stockton particularly, however stated in an announcement: “Attendees at basketball games are required to wear face masks at all times.”
The college reinstituted an indoor masks mandate in August, because the extra aggressive Delta variant of Covid-19 was spreading all around the world. To attend video games on the McCarthey Athletic Center, the place the college’s basketball groups play, attendees who're 12 years and older are required to point out proof of vaccination or a adverse coronavirus check inside the previous 72 hours. The college additionally paused its meals and beverage service in any respect ticketed sporting occasions.
Stockton, who spent his complete N.B.A. profession with the Utah Jazz, is called one of many best level guards within the historical past of the league. His tenure spanned from 1984 to 2003, throughout which he made 10 All-Star groups and have become the all time chief in assists. He additionally spent 4 years at Gonzaga, which is in Stockton’s hometown, and have become the college’s most well-known athletic alum. Both the Jazz and Gonzaga retired his quantity in 2004. Two of Stockton’s kids, David and Laura, performed basketball at his alma mater, and a 3rd youngster, Sam, spent a season across the staff with out enjoying earlier than transferring.
In latest years, Stockton has been a vocal opponent of Covid-19 vaccines and authorities measures to mitigate the virus. Last month, Stockton stated on a podcast that he was “proud” of Kyrie Irving, the Nets star, for his refusal to get vaccinated, which has stored Irving out of Nets house video games due to native restrictions. In his interview with the Spokesman Review, Stockton made unsubstantiated claims concerning the vaccines. And over the summer season, Stockton made headlines for showing in an anti-vaccine documentary titled “Covid and the Vaccine: Truth, Lies and Misconceptions Revealed.”
“This isn’t a virus cheating us of this opportunity,” Stockton stated on the documentary. “It’s the guys making decisions saying, ‘No, no we’re too scared. We’re going to shut everything down. Sit in your house and be careful.’”