Former NBL star Ben Madgen was diagnosed with pericarditis following the 2nd dose of the experimental Pfizer COVID-19 injection.
The standout shooting guard joins a list of hundreds of athletes that have developed cardiac-related issues in 2021.
Although cardiac events in athletes have dramatically spiked worldwide, the mainstream media continues ignoring the dilemma.
BREAKING REPORT: British NBL basketball player Ben Madgen DIAGNOSED WITH PERICARDITIS after 2nd Pfizer shot, REPORTS Dr. said "this is NOW COMMON after the Pfizer shot, especially with teenage boys and young males"..
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— Chuck Callesto (@ChuckCallesto) December 6, 2021
#COVID19:Vaccine Adverse Event: British NBL basketball player #BenMadgen DIAGNOSED WITH PERICARDITIS after 2nd Pfizer shot, REPORTS Dr. said "this is NOW COMMON after the Pfizer shot, especially with teenage boys, young males". #VaccineSideEffects #CovidVaccine #Pfizervaccine pic.twitter.com/M6ltf37wCB
— thenewsfactsnow (@thenewsfactsnow) December 7, 2021
First off, I must do a fact check from the above tweets.
Ben Madgen is an Australian former professional basketball player.
Madgen spent several years in Oceania’s National Basketball League and earned prestigious accolades.
In the 2012-2013 NBL season, Madgen earned All-NBL first team honors and led the league in scoring.
Madgen later pursued playing professionally in Europe and competed in Belgium, Lithuania, and Germany.
He returned to the NBL for the 2019-2020 season and retired on July 13, 2020.
news.com.au reported on his pericarditis diagnosis:
Aussie basketball star Ben Madgen says he was hospitalised with a rare inflammatory heart condition after his Covid-19 vaccine.
Madgen, a former NBL leading scorer who retired from professional basketball last year, described his experience in a Twitter post on Sunday that has since been shared nearly 15,000 times.
“Ended up in the emergency room on Wednesday night after taking the second Pfizer shot,” the 36-year-old wrote.
“Diagnosed with pericarditis. The doctor said this is now common after the Pfizer shot, especially with teenage boys and young males.”
Ended up in the emergency room on Wednesday night after taking the 2nd Pfizer shot. Diagnosed with Pericarditis. The Dr. said this is now common after the Pfizer shot, especially with teenage boys and young males 🤔🤔🤔
— Ben Madgen (@iMadgen01) December 4, 2021
The rates of myocarditis/pericarditis, especially in young males and teenage boys, after the mRNA COVID-19 injections should alarm everyone.
In particular, the warning signs should NOT be ignored by athletes at all levels.
Since Madgen is a professional basketball player, one must wonder the probability of NBA players developing the “now common” post-injection side effect.
Although the NBA reports a 97% COVID-19 inoculation rate amongst its players, they expect more virus-related issues by January.
As this surge continues, with 26 players remaining in health and safety protocols, general managers and team health officials across the league describe a sense of resignation and uncertainty as to what could slow the rising number of players in protocols.
“It doesn’t feel like eradication is on the table,” said the Western Conference head athletic trainer. “I think at some level, we’re going to have to live with it.”
Many team officials said that while they’re concerned about anyone testing positive for COVID-19, the situation isn’t considered as dire as it was last season, when 31 games were canceled or postponed due to COVID-19 outbreaks around the league.
“This is so much more manageable than it was a year ago,” one Eastern Conference general manager said. “In general, the urgency is not there like it was then. [But] things can change in a week or two. The NBA has made that clear.”
The NBA has said that about 97% of players are vaccinated, and the league has encouraged all eligible players and team staff to receive booster shots. Through Monday, about 200 players have gotten booster shots and it’s expected that number will increase in the days ahead, according to a league source. The NBA has imposed a Dec. 17 deadline for players who are eligible to receive booster shots. For eligible players who don’t receive the booster, they’ll be faced with stricter protocols, including game-day testing. Staffers who haven’t received booster shots by Dec. 17 will face restrictions on their interactions with players and their access on the court and team travel.
“This was expected,” the Eastern Conference GM added of the recent uptick of players entering the health and safety protocols. “We were told weeks ago, because of the holiday, that there was going to be an uptick — not only in the NBA but in general. So it’s not out of the blue.”
Around 200 NBA players already received COVID-19 boosters.
NBA officials don’t know the potential long-term effects of the experimental injections, yet they’re pressuring players and staff to get a third dose.
“The concern is around those people that either got [the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine] or have not received a booster and are more than six months out. There’s concern about the vaccines waning,” said one head athletic trainer.
However, myocarditis/pericarditis should be a much bigger concern for these healthy young men.