Michael Porter Jr. got backlash on social media after inaccurate comments he made on Snapchat about the corona virus.
The Nuggets attacker took part in a fan Q&A when asked, “Bro is talking about this corona virus that is exaggerated to scare people into being checked, and you all know that.” Porter replied saying “that’s a fact” and went on to discuss his conspiracy.
“Personally, I think the coronavirus is clearly being used for a larger agenda,” said Porter. It is used for population control in terms of being able to control the masses of people. I mean, because of the virus, the whole world is controlled. You must wear masks. And who knows what happens when this vaccine happens comes out? You may need the vaccine to travel. Like, that would be crazy. “
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Porter Jr. was recalled on Twitter after his comments were made public, but his own team also wanted to speak to him. Tim Connelly, president of basketball operations, spoke to Porter, said Nuggets coach Michael Malone.
Although Malone said he wouldn’t “blow” Porter or any other player who expresses his opinion, he did say that people should be aware of what comes out of their mouth.
“Obviously I’m not the police,” said Malone on Zoom. per ESPN. “I am not going to tell any of our players what they can and cannot say. I would just like to be sensitive to the current situation in our country and around the world regarding coronavirus. Michael Porter and other player in our selection, they “are entitled to their opinions and the ability to have free speech, and I will respect that as long as it doesn’t become a distraction. What Michael said this morning with our players at breakfast and practice has not become a distraction at all.”
Malone went on to say that Connelly and Porter came to an agreement.
“I know Tim Connelly, our front office, talked to Michael about his comments long before I realized what was being said,” said Malone. “That’s how it was [discussed with] him; he understands the situation. Again, we as an organization, I’m not going to shut anyone up. If someone strongly believes in something, they have the platform and the freedom to use it. We will just try to train boys so that they understand the impact of what they are saying. “
Snapchat also responded to Porter by giving him a timeout for violating their community guidelines.
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver also responded to Porter’s comments during an interview with CNN.
“It’s a pity he said that,” said Silver. “I would only say in our league, we have 450 players, boys are young. They are going to say weird things every now and then. I think most people quickly dismissed that comment.”