Oscar De La Hoya hospitalized with COVID breakthrough, Lane Kiffin and Johnny Bench test positive
Bill Belichick took heat this week for his claim that “[the] the implication that vaccination solves all problems… has not been proven.
The comments, apparently intended to avoid any issues cutting off unvaccinated quarterback Cam Newton – the kind of issue Urban Meyer faces with an NFLPA investigation into vaccination status linked to the Jaguars’ final cuts – were not not explicitly anti-vax, but of course it landed badly, as COVID-19 vaccines are helpful in preventing people from catching the virus and very effective in preventing the more serious problems associated with infection. These statistics are confirmed by the The NFL’s own test data.
But while Belichick’s message was poorly worded, there was a point he made. Vaccination alone is not enough to get us out of this mess. Thank goodness, for example, that Lane Kiffin made the right decision to get tested, even though he’s vaccinated, and found out he had a breakthrough case before heading to Atlanta for the season opener. ‘Ole Miss.
Kiffin is just one of the few revolutionary cases in the world of sports this weekend, demonstrating that you absolutely can still get COVID-19 even after receiving the jab. Hall of Famer Johnny Bench did, which caused him to miss this weekend’s festivities at Cooperstown.
Bench is lucky his vaccine helped him avoid a much worse case of coronavirus, but even among those vaccinated it can still be a fatal disease. Vaccination is an important part of containing this pandemic and possibly ending it, but especially as the delta variant rages on, we must continue to wear masks, practice social distancing and try to stop the spread. It is still an extremely serious situation with 1,500 Americans per day now lose his life.
And now Oscar De La Hoya is in the hospital, despite being fully vaccinated.
De La Hoya was due to face former UFC light heavyweight champion Vitor Belfort next Saturday night in Los Angeles as part of the Triller Fight Club. Instead, Belfort will travel to Hollywood, Florida, and face off against Evander Holyfield, 58, who couldn’t get a license in California quickly enough for a fight to happen … because he’s 58. .
Holyfield first won the world heavyweight title in 1990, months before Belichick won his second Super Bowl… as a defensive coordinator with the Giants. There’s still no vaccine to even start fighting failed fighters from stepping into the ring for a final paycheck, no matter how bad the idea seems.