Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) is lashing out at the Brooklyn Nets for telling star point guard Kyrie Irving that he can't play or even practice with the team unless he gets vaccinated against COVID-19.
In a tweet posted Thursday afternoon, Greene accused the NBA of hypocrisy because they still let Magic Johnson play even after he'd contracted HIV.
"The fascist NBA won't let Kyrie Irving play for refusing a vaccine," she wrote. "But yet they still let Magic Johnson play with HIV."
The novel coronavirus is a highly transmissible virus that spreads through the air, whereas HIV is usually spread through people sharing needles for intravenous drug use or from having unprotected sex.
Additionally, COVID-19 has proven to be far deadlier than HIV was even during its worst years.
In 1995, at the peak of the HIV epidemic in the United States, the Centers for Disease Control estimates that 50,000 people died from the virus.
COVID-19, meanwhile, has already killed more than 720,000 Americans in less than two years.