Baseball Hall of Famer, Hank Aaron, dropped dead today. It’s pretty obvious why.
The 86-year-old baseball player took away Babe Ruth’s homerun record shortly before retirement. Aaron is still the career leader in total bases and RBIs, the first player in baseball history to amass 500 career home runs and 3,000 hits, and the last player in history to be promoted from the Negro Leagues to the major leagues. Aaron appeared in 24 All-Star Games, led the league in home runs four times, twice appeared in the World Series, winning the title in 1957.
Throughout the day, news organizations have run tributes to the phenomenal baseball player and American icon with headlines like this (below).
However, there’s one headline that news organizations seem to be intentionally missing. Not long ago, Aaron took the COVID-19 vaccine (see below).
Aaron took the COVID-19 vaccine and made much of it, telling the press that he felt it was his responsibility to take the vaccine publicly so as to convince the African American community not to be skeptical of the medical field.
Making it even more ironic, Aaron briefly referenced the Tuskegee Experiment, in which the U.S. government chose an African American community in Tuskegee to be unknowing test subjects in which some were given syphilis and others were diagnosed but given placebos rather than antibiotics.
Aaron said, “I’ve been taking vaccines now for 88 years and I haven’t been sick. The truth of it is, Black folk have been living by shots, and just because they did something crazy and murderous and evil back in 1931, we’re still thinking about that. We’ve got to get over that.”
Aaron died precisely 17 days after taking the vaccine, which is usually the amount of time it takes to die of COVID-19, once a susceptible person gets the virus.
Aaron was in perfect health prior to getting the vaccine. He began to show symptoms of breathing difficulties, according to report, on January 11 – 6 days after getting the vaccine. He struggled with symptoms until he passed away.