NBA icon LeBron James sparked a debate on social media after sharing a meme that suggests there is no difference between Covid and the common cold or the flu.

James posted a variation on the famous “Spider-Man Pointing To Spider-Man” meme with his 106 million Instagram followers, adding the tags “covid”, “cold” and “flu” to each figure.

“Help me friends” James, 36, wrote with a “shrugging” emoji.

“This is way too reductive and it reinforces and reinforces a lot of the misinformation that we have had over the past 2 years about ‘it’s just the flu,'” Dr Rajpal Brar tweeted.

“Yes, the Covid landscape is changing and our tools are changing but describing it like that is not the way to do it. “

One fan said that as “the face of the NBA” James should be more responsible with his posts, labeling the meme “dangerous and callous.”

This is way too reductive and it reinforces and reinforces much of the misinformation we have had over the past 2 years about “it’s just the flu”. Yes the COVID landscape is changing and our tools are changing but describing it like that is not the way to do it

The “face of the league” tells the world, because of his personal inconvenience (due to HIS choice of a roster), that Covid is the same as a common cold.

It is dangerous and insensitive on so many levels. We all know how influential he is. https://t.co/69jahCLHUK

James, who is fully vaccinated, was recently confined to the sidelines after a false positive Covid test.

Athletic’s Ryan Cole argued that the Lakers star might just express his frustrations with the NBA testing process and Covid protocols – but still called the post “bad.”

Maybe I’m reading the message wrong… but wasn’t LeBron referring to the similarity of symptoms and how that confuses an accurate diagnosis?

LeBron will be invited to clarify his comments tomorrow and we might find out what he meant.

Either way, the spider-man meme is a bad thing to use in this case to get your point across … I guess most people think he’s saying all 3 are the same

Others, however, were delighted with the message. Barstool Sports boss Dave Portnoy said he and James could finally agree on something.

The Lakers have been affected by the loss of scores of stars to Covid-19 protocols, but James will at least line up as they take on the Brooklyn Nets for their Christmas Day game.

The Nets will also be without several big names, including MVP candidate Kevin Durant, but will be able to call on James Harden.

Quadruple NBA champion James tweeted he was “excited” about the game, which will see him equal Lakers icon Kobe Bryant for the most Christmas Day appearances in the NBA with 16.

Dayumm can’t wait to play tomorrow at Christmas !! It just hit me. Merry Christmas to everyone ! I love you all

Ref: https://news-24.fr