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Thursday, December 2, 2021
WND Touted NBA Player's Dubious Claim That COVID Vaccine Ended His Season
Topic: WorldNetDaily

COVID misinformer Art Moore wrote in an Oct. 14 WorldNetDaily article:

Amid the controversy over basketball superstar Kyrie Irving's refusal to take a COVID-19 vaccine, a former NBA player says his season ended early last year after he developed blood clots he attributes to a COVID shot.

Brandon Goodwin, who was a point guard for the Atlanta Hawks, recently told his side of the story on a Twitch stream, SB Nation reported.

A team report said the player's season ended in May due to a "minor respiratory condition." But Goodwin said his health problems began after his received a COVID-19 vaccine.

"I got sick and I never quite recovered from it," Goodwin said on the stream, as posted on YouTube. "I would always have back pain, I was just super tired in the games."

He eventually decided to go see a doctor.

"That’s when I found out I had blood clots. That all within the span of a month," he said.

"I was fine until then," Goodwin said. "I was fine up until I took the vaccine, I was fine."

Moore didn't report two key pieces of information: 1) Goodwin seemed to walk back his cliam in a tweet stating, "I got sick. Maybe it was the vaccine maybe it was covid (i don’t know) I’m not a expert", and 2) blood clots are extremely rare complications; PolitiFact computed the occurrence of the most severe kind of blood clot linked to a COVID vaccine at 0.0003 percent.

It's a questionable story that WND decided to hype because it fit its anti-vaxx narrative. But not telling readers the full story is irresponsible, and it makes other websites not want to republish WND content -- thw whole point behind the WND News Center, its scheme to have donors pay for its reporting -- because it can't be trusted.

Posted by Terry K. at 7:43 PM EST

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