Eric Clapton won’t play venues that require vaccination, NFL facing huge controversy over vaccinations with possible forfeitures, Lebron James comes first active NBA millionaire, and even more top news stories.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and multi-Grammy-winning singer-songwriter-guitarist Eric Clapton announced that he would reserve the right to cancel his performance at any venue requiring proof of vaccination. He feels it would discriminate against some potential attendees.
“I wish to say that I will not perform on any stage where there is a discriminated audience present,” Clapton said in a statement. “Unless there is provision made for all people to attend, I reserve the right to cancel the show.”
In addition to massive success as a solo artist, Clapton also played in some of the most legendary rock bands in history, including the Yardbirds, John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers, Cream, Blind Faith, and Derek and the Dominos, and Delaney & Bonnie.
The NFL has a problem on its hands for the upcoming football season. A growing number of NFL players, including Super Bowl champions and the highest-paid receiver in the league, saying they “can’t do it” when it comes to being vaccinated, the Daily Wire reported.
CNN reported that any team that vaccinates 85% of its players and staff could relax its safety protocols.
The NFL announced on Thursday via a memo:
“If a game cannot be rescheduled within the current 18-week schedule and is canceled due to [an] outbreak among non-vaccinated players on one of the competing teams, the club with the outbreak will forfeit the contest and will be deemed to have played 16 games for purposes of draft, waiver priority, etc. For the purposes of playoff seeding, the forfeiting team will be credited with a loss, and the other team will be credited with a win.”
Lebron James, 36, became the first player in the NBA to earn $1 billion while still being active in the league. Since being drafted in 2003, James has made $330 million from his plane salary alone, Sportico reported. He has earned another $700 million off-court through endorsement deals, merchandise, licensing, and his media production company, SpringHill Co, all of which reportedly bringing $100 million per year. The report comes as James saw the film he starred in and produced, after Space Jam: A New Legacy, take in $31.6 million in revenue on its opening weekend.
First Lady Jill Biden wrote an op-ed piece entitled, “An open letter to Tokyo Olympics’ Team USA.”
An excerpt of one paragraph read:
“Your entire nation is cheering you on, and we are grateful for what you’ve given us: the chance to come together in common awe and appreciation for your accomplishments and the shared joy of rooting for our country on the edge of our seats.”
For the full open letter, visit NBC News.