Gonzaga bans John Stockton over defiance of COVID-19 measures

Agence France-Presse

Posted at Jan 24 2022 09:11 AM

NBA Legend, John Stockton attends a game between the Utah Jazz and the Golden State Warriors on November 22, 2019 at vivint.SmartHome Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah. File photo. Noah Graham, NBAE via Getty Images/AFP
NBA Legend, John Stockton attends a game between the Utah Jazz and the Golden State Warriors on November 22, 2019 at vivint.SmartHome Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah. File photo. Noah Graham, NBAE via Getty Images/AFP

LOS ANGELES -- NBA legend John Stockton has been barred from attending basketball games at his former college for violating COVID-19 protocols by refusing to wear a mask. 

Gonzaga University opted to take Stockton's season tickets away after warning the 10-time NBA all-star he was violating the team's COVID-19 measures.

"Gonzaga University continues to work hard to implement and enforce the health and safety protocols mandated by the State and by University policy, including reinforcing the indoor masking requirement. Attendees at basketball games are required to wear face masks at all times," a school spokesman said. 

The 59-year-old Stockton made his thoughts on the COVID-19 vaccine public in a film that came out in the summer.

"Basically, it came down to, they were asking me to wear a mask to the games and being a public figure, someone a little bit more visible, I stuck out in the crowd a little bit," Stockton told The Spokesman-Review newspaper. 

"And therefore they received complaints and felt like from whatever the higher-ups – those weren’t discussed, but from whatever it was higher up – they were going to have to either ask me to wear a mask or they were going to suspend my tickets."

Stockton starred at Gonzaga University from 1980 to 1984. He is still the school's all-time leader in steals with 262. 

He was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2009 after 19 seasons with the Utah Jazz.

Stockton also helped the US men's basketball team win two Olympic gold medals.

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