Lakers’ veteran big Dwight Howard gets schooled by a reporter for misciting the HIPAA Laws to avoid answering questions about vaccines
The NBA pre-season is barely a few days away. There have been a lot of questions regarding players and their vaccination status. While NBA made it mandatory for the officials and the team staff to get vaccinated, the same hasn’t been applied for the players. The NBA claims that 85-90% of its players are vaccinated. However, there are still quite a few players making noise with the vaccination status.
Yesterday Bradley Beal, Andrew Wiggins, and Kyrie Irving talked about their vaccination status on their media days. Recently, LeBron James commented on his vaccination status as well. On the Lakers’ media day, Dwight Howard addressed the media as well. While he talked about a lot of things, the question about his vaccination status caught everyone’s eye.
Dwight Howard gets schooled about the HIPAA Law
During the media interaction, a reporter asked Dwight Howard about his vaccination status. Dwight flashed a big smile and respectfully declined to talk about the same. However, while doing so, he cited the HIPAA Law.
The reporter wouldn’t quietly sit and listen to the player misuse the law. He got up and told Howard, “That’s not what HIPAA is, but ok.”
Dwight Howard on a change of heart on vaccines: “I’ve got a lot of opinions on that, but I’m going to keep that private. HIPAA Law.”
Reporter tells Howard, “That’s not what HIPAA is, but OK.”
— Ben Rohrbach (@brohrbach) September 28, 2021
The HIPAA Law applies to medical personnel sharing patient’s personal information without consent. It does not apply to people asking other people about their stance on vaccines. In recent times, even former Laker Kyle Kuzma cited the HIPAA Law to get away from answering the same question.
Hopefully, the players realize soon enough that the vaccine is beneficial for them, and we see the end of the risk of the virus delaying the NBA season.