This is a translation of an article that appeared on the Israeli news site Real-Time News on November 13, 2021
Since December, 183 pro athletes, coaches and college and youth athletes have collapsed, and 108 have died. Some of the athletes, like the football stars in Sergio Agorro and Christian Eriksen, collapsed in the middle of a game, in front of the Boy Scouts. Main reason: Heart problems – Mu/Fricardboard, cardiac arrest and heart attacks. What causes the sudden plague? “Real Time News” investigates
The Kyrie Irving saga and his refusal to be vaccinated for coronavirus never cease to upset the NBA and the sports world. The Brooklyn Nets star did not back down from the decision even after the team announced that Irving would not be allowed to attend games or practice with his friends until he is vaccinated, a decision that, according to the report, is expected to lose $17 million. “This is my life,” he said last Thursday on a live part of his Instagram account, which has been viewed by about 100,000 followers. “It’s my body. And you tell me what to do with my body… I remain stable with what I believe in. It’s that simple. It’s not about being anti-Vax or being on one side or another. It’s just being true to what I feel is right for me… If I’m going to be vilified because I have more questions and I take the time to make decisions with my life, then that’s what it is… I am aware of the implications of my decisions on my life.”
But Irving isn’t the only one who refuses the NBA’s unequivocal demand to be vaccinated as a condition of the ability to do so. The press mockingly calls them “vaccine refusers.” The NBA has already gone from threats to actions, and yet, according to Rolling Stone magazine, about 50-60 NBA players have not been vaccinated. “I’m going to keep doing what I believe in… What is true of one person is not true for another. It’s none of your business,” Golden State Warriors player Andrew Wiggins said recently, while Washington Wizards star Bradley Beal expressed skepticism about the effectiveness of the coronavirus vaccines [in an interview with the Washington Post]. “I’d like an explanation. Why are vaccinated people still infected with coronavirus? If it’s something we’re supposed to be very protected from, it’s funny that it just reduces your chances of going to the hospital. It doesn’t stop anyone from contracting coronavirus, does it?
It turns out this trend is far from marginal. The UK press reports that contrary to what is happening in the NBA, most Premier League players are unwilling to be vaccinated against Corona, including most of the players of Manchester United, the largest and most influential football club. They are joined by a host of football, tennis, golf and football players who have also not been vaccinated, and some, such as Irving Wiggins, have even spoken out against the pressure to be vaccinated. “It’s bigger than baseball, it’s a life’s decision,” said Anthony Rizzo, considered the legendary star of the Chicago Cubs. “She’s heavyweight. It’s a decision I made and I stand by it… It’s a big issue… I’m taking more time to see the data on all this.”
It was recently announced that Novak Djokovic, the world’s top-ranked tennis player, will not attend the Australian Open in January after refusing to reveal his vaccination status. Djokovic revealed in an interview with local Serbian media that, in light of the coronavirus restrictions in Australia, he is unsure of his plans to travel to Melbourne for a Grand Slam. “I will not reveal my status, whether I have been vaccinated or not. It’s a private matter, and it’s an inappropriate investigation,” he said, adding, in an interview with Reuters: “People are going too far these days taking the liberty of asking questions and judging a person. No matter what you say, ‘yes, no, maybe, I’m thinking about it’, they’ll take advantage of it.’
Why do so many leading athletes insist on not giving in to the massive pressure to get vaccinated? In the press
The party is celebrating. But nobody in the media refers to the huge elephant in the room: The fear of the vaccine damage. Is this fear ridiculous? Or do the opposing athletes just listen carefully to some of their friends, who report vulnerability and severe side effects after the vaccine?
“I was fine until then, until I took the vaccine,” says Brandon Goodwin, the Atlanta Hawks NBA player at Twitch stream. Godwin, at the age of 26, began suffering from a blood clot shortly after he became immune. “I was sick and I never recovered from this. I had back pain, I was particularly tired in games. I was so tired, I felt like I couldn’t run and walk down the field. My back hurt. My back really started to hurt… So I found out I have blood clots. All within a month’s time period…”.Godwin makes a strong case that it was the vaccine that caused what happened to him, and that the result is his elimination of his ability to play that season. “Yes, the vaccine ended my season. A thousand percent.” He said his group asked him to silence the story. “The Hawks were like, don’t say anything about it. Don’t tell anyone,” he said.
Like Goodwin, more and more athletes have emerged in the last few months speaking or writing, in media interviews or on social media, of the serious health problems they experienced due to vaccination. At the same time, more and more incidents of breakdown and collapse, morbidity and sudden death among athletes, including leading and well-known sports stars, and also less well-known athletes, playing in local groups, including college athletes in different countries of the world.
The “Real Time News” study found 183 such cases among professional athletes, coaches, university athletes and colleges and teenage athletes, all of which have taken place since December 2020, the month that the world vaccine campaign began. This large amount speaks for itself and tells a very different story from the mantra that the media repeat, that the athletes who refuse to be vaccinated are merely a handful of “antivaxxers.”
For many of the athletes affected, the impact would have dire consequences for their health, ability to keep playing, and even their continued athletic career. In 108 cases, it’s death.
What most of these athletes have in common is their youth and the sudden manner in which this happened, and the fact that most of them are men (only 15 of them are women). The vast majority of the 17-40 age group, except 21 older adults (five aged 42-45, six aged 46-49, seven aged 51-54, and another three aged 60-64), and at least in over 80 of the cases, the athletes reportedly felt worse and suddenly collapsed during a game, a race or a training session, or immediately afterward. In most cases, the cause of collapse was reported to be related to the heart, including myocarditis, pericarditis or a combination of both, permiocarditis, heart attacks or cardiac arrest. The second cause reported in six cases was clotting events, including pulmonary embolism, blood clots, and the brain.
We emphasize that we have an even longer list, but due to caution, we have removed cases in which we have no full details, so there are only cases that have been reported extensively. Also, previous risk factors have been removed from the list, such as a heart defect.
Although not all cases are published the immune status of affected athletes, and it is important to emphasize that it is not possible to determine that vulnerability is derived from the vaccine, the large number of casualties since December among this young group, which have many reasons to assume that it is largely healthy and without background diseases (both due to their young age and because athletes, at least their professional, are tested with frequent and relatively frequent rigor), puzzling, and definitely constitutes a red flag and requires thorough investigation of the issue. It’s certainly not something that can be dismissed with superficial claims. In addition, with vaccines being almost entirely mandatory in many groups and leagues, as well as in universities and colleges, the assumption is that in particular, it’s often impossible for most professional athletes to continue playing without getting vaccinated. This finding is especially noticeable against the fact that deadly events arising from the sudden collapse of athletes are considered to be the directory of rare phenomenon.
A New World In Front of Thousands of Fans
On 31 October, Barcelona striker Sergio Agüero was hospitalized after he was ill-mannered during a game against Alabés. The 33-year-old Argentine star, considered the all-time king of Manchester City gates and the most powerful Premier League scorer of all time (181), called on Twitter for all 12-year-olds and older to get vaccinated. But on October 31, he was rushed to the hospital after he felt severe chest pain. He signaled the coaches during the first half that he wanted to be replaced, then gripped his heart and collapsed on the grass. It was reported this week in Spain that severe rhythm disorder was detected in the absence of an examination, and the radiologists who examined him are not optimistic about his ability to return to the field in a few months. At the moment, according to reports, Aguaro’s professional future and whether he would be able to continue playing football is uncertain, only clearing up after further tests in the next few months.
Like Agüero, several superstars have collapsed in front of thousands of viewers in recent months. Perhaps the best known is Danish footballer Christian Eriksen, an Inter Milan player and a Danish national team. On 12 June, during his opening match against Finland at the 2020 UEFA Euro 2020 tournament, 29-year-old Eriksen, who was at his height, collapsed and underwent cardiac arrest in front of 15,000 fans in the stands. For 20 minutes, the team’s medical team tried to revive him, and when they finally succeeded by an electric shock, he was evacuated to the hospital, where a pacemaker has been implanted.
The same event was attended by 27-year-old cricket player David Wakefield, who collapsed during a training session on 11 March and was cardiac arrest. He was also saved by the emergency team, which performed defibrillator resuscitation, but took long minutes and six shocks before his heart returned to normal. The diagnosis was myocarditis, and a pacemaker was implanted in his heart. In addition, probably because of the long time his heart stopped beating, he also suffered swelling in the brain, in order to reduce sleep and respiration. Only after three weeks in intensive care and then extensive recovery, he was able to walk and talk again.
In late July, 18-year-old Belgian Anderlecht Hugaldi Rona suffered a heart attack after the first half of a friendly game. He was saved by a quick action by his fellow players, and immediately by emergency services.
On 17 September, a 25-year-old Bayern Munich player Kingsley Coman was also forced to undergo an operation to correct arrhythmias.
In July 1994, another athlete who was hospitalized was Pedro Obiang, a professional Italian footballer who played as a midfielder for Serie A in Sasolo. Obiang was hospitalized for ten days in July 2014, according to a report of the SUN that he was diagnosed with a lung problem, but other reports say that he was myocarditis.
Also in August, Fabrika Nsakala, the defender of the football team at Shiktash Turkish, was hospitalized after collapsing on the field in the 70th minute of a game against Gaziantepspor.
Other athletes have reported serious problems in questioning the continuation of their sporting career. So for example, Florian Daguri, the world record holder for a static free dive of holding a breath, wrote on his Instagram account: “After the second dose, I noticed that my heart rate was much higher than normal and my breath-holding capabilities had dropped significantly…. Ten days after the second vaccine, I went to see a cardiologist and he told me that this was a side effect of the Pfizer vaccine, “No worry, just this posture will pass.” 40 days after the second vaccine, there was no progress, so I went to see another cardiologist, and I was diagnosed with myocarditis and paroxysm insufficiency. This is actually a heart-muscular infection caused by the immune system and some tiny blood spills from the valves that are no longer properly closed. Now I’m having trouble getting a breath hold for 8 minutes… My diving performance has declined about 30 percent. My first recommendation for free divers around the world is to choose a vaccine that was made the old way, like Sputnik, Sinobuck, Sinophar etc., instead of the new mRNA vaccines.”
They died suddenly
As stated, in 108 of the media reports that were identified, the collapse of the athletes ended in death. On February 6, 2021, Clement Lucho, a 25-year-old Cameroonian basketball player who played in Manila, died after suffering a sudden heart attack. On April 18, basketball player Entroon Pippen (33) died suddenly, playing at Texas A&M University and later on the Upstate Heat team of the International Basketball Association. On 18 June, Robert Lima, a former Uruguayan Olympic football player, died. Forty-nine-year-old Lima died of sudden cardiac death while playing football with friends.
In August, Michael Ojo (27), a Nigerian-American professional basketball player from Florida, who had previously played for Florida State center, died suddenly. Ojo collapsed during a training exercise and died during the resuscitation efforts at a local hospital in Serbia.
Roy Butler, a 23-year-old Irish footballer who had previously played on Waterford FC, also died on 17 August. The media reported his sudden death, but did not mention his status. However, his relatives said that he died after the vaccination. “My beautiful nephew, Roy Butler, Irish Waterford City, died today after the miracle vaccine… I’m heartbroken and so angry,” tweeted his aunt, Marian Hart on her Twitter account.
Alexiad Guadaz, a 30-year-old Valencia marathon runner, died during a race that took place in August in the city of Nguanava in the state of Carbovo. She collapsed 300 yards (50 m) away from the finish line, and died after attempts to revive her had failed. Frank Brayer, a 37-year-old French-Belgian footballer, also died of a sudden heart attack in August. And in Japan he died in August Youssoke Kinoshita, a professional baseball player. He died after a month-long battle at the hospital, where he was evacuated after collapsing during a training session on 6 July. He was breathing and asleep until his death on 5 August. Japanese media reported his death. The Spoonici news site initially included the headline: “Coronavirus resilience” but quickly changed the report. However, Yahoo Japan reported that the sudden collapse of baseball player might have been related to the second coronavirus dose he received. According to the report, Ochiiro Oshima, the owner of the Chunichi Dragons Team where Kinoshita played, said in an interview: “I heard he got sick after the vaccine. He was hospitalized and struggled for his life. I don’t know the causal relationship between his vaccine and his crash.”
On 10 October, Parma Baseball Club in Italy published a condolence letter on the sudden death of Simone Badoudy, a baseball player and coach of the Ranger Park Team. According to a report in Corriere di Bologna, his 40-year-old uncle returned that evening from a party where his team celebrated victory and the rise of the league. At some point, it’s unclear exactly when he left his car by the side of the road and went home on foot. He fell asleep, but after a few hours his heart stopped.
Athletes and young adults were also injured and killed
The list also includes 23 teens aged 12-17, 16 of whom died. 17-year-old Dylan Rich died in early September after suffering a heart attack during his team’s youth cup match against Boston United; Elisha Gorham, also 17 years old, a Baltimore football player, who had also collapsed during a game in October, and died of heart failure and systemic failure; Bruno Stein, 15, a young FC An der Fahner Höhe goalkeeper in Germany, died suddenly in October; And Chloe Gianni Giabazzi, just a 12-year-old Italian tennis player, who was found dead in her bed in June by her mother; Jason Kidd, also 12, a basketball player from Bridgeville, Pennsylvania. He died suddenly in early November while warming up for a school basketball practice. In August, three young cyclists from the same group were hospitalized in Belgium for three weeks with heart problems: Zander Verhagen, 17, Giuseppe Arples, 15 years old, and Viarco van Herck, also 15. Van Herck suffered chest pain during a Verceller race two days after vaccination, was hospitalized and diagnosed with myocarditis.
Refuse to be silent
Some athletes, or their associates, have openly stated a link between the coronavirus vaccine and their condition. For example, French tennis player Jeremy Chardy, 34 years old, previously ranked 25th in the world, announced that he was suspending his games for the current season, and did not know when and whether he would be able to play again. This is due to a series of serious health problems he has suffered since he received the coronavirus vaccine, including severe pain throughout the body during a physical effort. “I regret having gotten vaccinated,” Leathery said in a media interview. “Since I got vaccinated (between the Olympics and the US Open), I have a problem, I have had difficulties. Suddenly I can’t practice, I can’t play… Right now, my season is over and I don’t know when I’m gonna start over… This is the first time the idea that the next season may be my last crossed my mind.”
Alexander Kissonga, an Italian professional basketball player who was hospitalized at the end of July after being diagnosed with Permiocarditis, shared his story in his Instagram account and left no room to doubt that he links the disease to a Moderna vaccine he received. “I’ve been hospitalized for a month. I’m diagnosed with acute pericarditis. In other words, it is an infection that causes inflammation of the membrane surrounding the heart.” Kissonga has said that he has decided to share this story because he feels there is no discussion about the side effects of the vaccine. “What I regret most is that we don’t talk about it I later found that this is one of the potential side effects of vaccination, and it usually happens to young people … The statistics on vaccines say the benefits are greater than the damage, and here I wonder … Am I a minority who has been infected with the vaccine? Who’s taking care of that? Or rather — is someone responsible? From what I can judge, if someone makes money on pennies or on vaccines, shouldn’t they be responsible to make up for those who unfortunately had negative effects”
Sienna Knowles, a 19-year-old competitive horse rider from Australia, who was admitted in October to have a blood clot in her chest, shared her condition with a series of posts on Instagram that went viral, and she said that she got sick after receiving Pfizer’s vaccine. “It’s crazy how fast I went from being a healthy 19-year-old super-healthy girl who never had any health problems — a full-time employee, an trainer and a rider on horseback every day — to someone who had everything taken from her after Pfizer’s second vaccination,” Knowles wrote. “My lungs are full of blood clots and my heart is stressed. My new normal [is] now that I have a lung doctor [pulmonologist], a cardiologist, blood tests, full body scans, ultrasound of the heart and lungs.” She added that she did not want to get the vaccine because she was afraid. “I wish I’d never gotten that and I could get my healthy body back.”
Francesca Marcone, the 38-year-old Italian volleyball player who was in Pericarditis after receiving Pfizer’s second shot on August 3, also remained silent. Marcon, who was immediately short of breath and chest pain, turned to the emergency room the next day and was diagnosed with a pericardium infection, wrote in her Instagram account that she regretted that she had vaccinated: “I declare that I am not anti-vaccine, but I have never been convinced to take this vaccine and now I understand why”, wrote Marcon. She went on to say: “It may be a bit of blasphemy — but I wonder: Is there no type of compensation for someone who has post-vaccination health effects? Who pays the price for everything?”
Fauci and the FDA, CDC, and the NIH leaders did not listen to victims
Kyle Warner, 29, a professional mountain bike jockey from Idaho who won three State Championships and a well-known YouTuber, was diagnosed with pericarditis, POTS, and arthritis a month after receiving the second dose of Pfizer’s vaccine. His career is ruined and he is still ill and cannot work, run racing or train. In an interview with Dr. John Campbell in October, he said that he received the first dose of the vaccine in mid-May, and the second dose in June. Two weeks later, he had a sensation of a rapid pulse. He took two weeks off from training and riding, but when he tried to get back in the car, his heart rate increased again and he felt sick and weak and headed to the emergency room. The doctors dismissed the incident and claimed he was having an anxiety attack. He was given an anti-inflammatory drug, and when he explained that he thought his condition was a response to a vaccine, the doctor suggested that he refer it to a psychiatrist, on the grounds of a “psychotic episode,” and claiming that he was “anti-vaccine.” Four days later he was again hospitalized with chest pain and pressure, and this time he took his fear seriously and turned it into a cardiologist.
Warner was one of the 20 people affected by side effects following COVID tests that were invited to speak at a press conference organized by Senator Johnson in the Senate, along with doctors and scientists. Senator Johnson also invited Dr. Anthony Fauci and the directors of the CDC, the NIH and the FDA, to the directors of Pfizer and Moderna and the state representatives of the victims. None of them showed up. Warner opened his Senate speech with “thank you” to Dr. Fauci and the leaders of the organisations for not appearing and not listening to us. I’m glad to know that you have our best interests at heart. This message is for you. This is a message about how what was happening broke my heart, literally and figuratively.”
“Thank everyone who supported and understood me when I spoke about this topic”, he wrote in his Instagram account. “Many of you know me as a pretty reasonable and caring guy, and I never meant to be part of this whole conversation. However, after my experience this summer, and listening to thousands of similar stories, I feel like I have to stand alongside people who cannot or do not have access to the same platform.
“It’s not political, it’s personal. I want the best for the world and for humanity, and it breaks my heart to see people suffering in any way. Last week at DC, I’ve been drastically shaking my view of the world, and it’s made me realise how much we as average human beings need to come together and sync with each other. Listen to my message before you judge or tag. I’m just a guy who cares about others and wants the government to recognise and support what’s actually happening.”
“The Collapsing Athlete”: a rare phenomenon
The large number of athletes who collapsed and died this year must serve as a bright red light bulb, especially in light of the fact that sudden death and cardiac arrest of athletes are considered a rare phenomenon in the scientific literature. According to an article published in May of the year in Sports Cardiology, titled “The Collapsed Athlete”, in the last annual report for 2017, the National Center for the Study of Catastrophic Sports Injuries in the United States (NCCSIR) noted that for 36 years, from 1982 to 2017, there were 862 non-traumatic catastrophic injuries among college athletes in the US, of which 44 were fatal. The main causes include cardiac arrest, stroke, hypothermia, respiratory distress, hypoglycaemia, trauma, and overeffort. According to the article, “Athletes Who Break Syndrome” is defined when an athlete experiences sudden loss of stable tetanus, to the point that they are unable to continue participating in the sporting event. These cases occurred only in the United States, and only among college athletes, but the small numbers over so many years reflect the fact that the phenomenon is indeed rare.
In a 2017 study published in New England Journal of Medicine, a group of Canadian researchers looked at the incidence of sudden cardiac death during sports coverage from 2009 to 2014 in people ages 12 to 45. They used a cardiac arrest database in Canada. The study’s findings showed that during 18.5 million person-years of observation, 74 sudden cardiac deaths occurred during sports participation; Of these, 16 occurred during competitive sports and 58 during non-competitive sports. The incidence of sudden cardiac arrest during competitive sports was 0.76 cases per 100,000 years of sports. According to the study, the occurrence of sudden cardiac arrest due to structural heart disease during participation in competitive sports was rare.
A further study published in 2013 by researchers from the University of Texas’s Department of Health Sciences identified over the course of 13 years, from 2000 to 2013, 54 cases of sudden cardiac death among young soccer players.
And it turns out that even at older ages, cardiac arrest during sports is rare. A 2015 study in circulation examined sudden sports-related cases in a large population in the Portland metropolitan area among those ages 35-65 between 2002 and 2013. The researchers identified 1,247 cases, of which 63 (5%) occurred during sports activities. In 16% of cases, victims had previous heart disease, and in 56% they had cardiovascular risk factors. 36% of cases had cardiovascular symptoms during the week leading up to the event.
Five times more FIFA athletes died this year compared to previous years
In order to know how many deaths actually occurred during the last two decades among FIFA players (2001-2020), we used Wikipedia, in the article “List of Football Enemies who Have Lost Playing”. We considered the calculation only to those players on the list who were active players, and not past players. Also, it is important to emphasize that we have only been treated for SUD and SCD and not all sudden deaths.
Wikipedia reports that between 2001 and 2020 there were an average of 4.2 deaths per year attributed to sudden cardiac death (SCD) or unexplained sudden death (SUD), with the vast majority being SCD. This is confirmed by previous data and longitudinal studies, which also indicates that the risk of sudden cardiac death (SCD) and unexplained death (SUD) among FIFA players is about 4-6 cases per year.
For example, a study published in 2014 in The Physician and Sportsmedicine found 54 deaths of football players registered with FIFA as a result of SCD events from 2000 to 2013. In addition, data from FIFA published over the years reinforces this estimated range. For example, in 2012, Haaretz reported that FIFA decided to create a large database to analyse the phenomenon of cardiac events and player collapses on the field. This is due the fact that 36 footballers died on the pitch over a decade. A 2017 BBC report on the issue of heart attacks among football players on the field referred to FIFA’s intention to train the players to treat these situations through defibrillators, cited data handed to the BBC from Global Sports Statistics, indicating that 64 players had died in the past decade during a game.
To find out how many cases happened this year — in 2021 (through mid-November 2021), we used the list of actors who died during 2021, which was collected in the “Real Time News” research. This list includes the players that are specified in Wikipedia this year (in Wikipedia the list is more partial). It found 21 SCD/SUD cases among FIFA players.
Dr. Josh Getzko, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology and the Institute of Criminology at the Hebrew University, analyzed the data. “The bottom line is that instead of 4-6 cases during 2001-2020, 21 players have died this year. That is – about 5 times more than the annual average!
“This figure is statistically significant. In fact, there’s not a year since 2001 where the difference between the number of SCD/SUD cases and the expected number is statistically significant. 2021 is the only year in which the difference is statistically significant, with only a small probability of occurring — two out of 1,000 times. Moreover, even if we consider the margin of error, and we refer to only 14 cases in 2021 – the difference is still statistically significant.”
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