John Stockton, a basketball legend, sued the state of Washington, claiming that its officials were trying to silence doctors who disagreed with the official story on COVID-19.

During an appearance on “Fox & Friends First” with his attorney Rick Jaffe, Stockton discussed the reasons for his lawsuit and the issues surrounding Americans’ First Amendment rights. He had his Gonzaga season tickets revoked in 2022 due to the school’s mask requirement.

“Dum Jock” is how Kareem Abdul-Jabbar describes John Stockton.

It seems to me to be fairly straightforward. It’s liberating. Aside from the freedom to speak and the right to practice medicine, there is other freedom. If you ask the veteran Utah Jazz point guard Todd Piro what the final aim is, he’ll tell you it’s our First Amendment.

It’s crucial… for our nation’s leadership and the people whose lives we’ve grown to cherish here in America.

“So if the doctors can’t speak… these brilliant people that we have in our culture, can’t speak when they know truths, their truths, and now we’re deprived of that opportunity to hear… the… wisdom they have to share, I think that’s a big deal,” said the doctor.

As reported by The Spokesman-Review, Stockton, who has gained notoriety for casting doubt on the effectiveness of the COVID vaccine and masks, was one of several doctors who were sanctioned by the state after he and others sued Attorney General Bob Ferguson and the state’s medical commission last week.

Another complainant, the now-retired ophthalmologist Dr. Richard Eggleston, allegedly faced punishment following the publication of a story on the subject in the Lewiston Tribune.
In 2020, the commission formally stated its position against COVID-19 disinformation in a mission statement.

The need for credible medical experts to work together in the fight against disinformation is greater than it has ever been. “Viral misinformation, based on unfounded scientific claims, often stands in the way of our efforts to combat COVID-19, despite the abundance of resources available to us,” the website reads.

Listening to patients’ concerns, correcting individuals when they fall for fallacies, and assisting them in making research- and science-based medical decisions are all part of our ethical obligation. We have a greater responsibility than ever before to uphold the “do no harm” pledge we made when we took our oath. This includes putting our faith in scientific findings, actively listening to our patients, providing them with accurate information, and treating them in accordance with regulations established by federal agencies like the Food and Drug Administration and state health departments.

Doctors can face disciplinary action, according to the website, if they provide treatments or recommendations that don’t align with the “standard of care” determined by other medical professionals.

In my opinion, the Washington Medical Commission is unusual compared to other states’ commissions. Jaffe made the statement on Thursday, explaining that the group is claiming the right to punish doctors under the statute because challenging the COVID narrative is a morally reprehensible conduct.

“I find that kind of insane…” Our tradition of empowering experts to share their voices in public goes back at least seventy-five years. No court has ever ruled that a professional can be silenced, in my opinion.

“In terms of his speech to the public… that’s kind of a new concept,” said he. “Hopefully that’s not going to work, but nobody has challenged Washington yet so far on this, and we intend to do that.”

A declaration was sought in the complaint, which asserts that the state’s power to penalize doctors for their COVID stances “violates the substantive procedural due process rights of Washington licensed physicians,” as reported by The Spokesman-Review.

The 2009 Basketball Hall of Fame inductee and Gonzaga University alumnus noted that doctors’ reactions have been “overwhelmingly positive.”

“I’ve received calls from people and doctors that I haven’t spoken to in quite a while, and they’re just so grateful,” said the doctor. They’re relieved that someone with a voice is speaking up. Of course anybody can do it, but it seems like my voice is a little bit louder than the typical citizen’s, and they’re simply thankful that someone is speaking out and saying, “Hey, something’s wrong here.”

According to Stockton, he was taken aback by the closure of companies, subsequent mask and vaccine requirements, and the general feeling that “this can’t happen in America.”

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