Caleb White, a 17-year-old basketball player from Pinson Valley High School in Alabama, died suddenly after collapsing during a workout on Thursday, August 10. White was a star point guard who had earned several accolades, including being named a First-Team all-state selection as a junior, along with being the 25th ranked point guard in the nation, and Second ranked point guard in Alabama.
Did a COVID Vaccine Side Effect Cause High School Basketball Player Caleb White to Go into Cardiac Arrest?
According to reports, White collapsed around 1 p.m., and CPR was performed until medics arrived. He was pronounced dead at the hospital, and it has not been confirmed if a defibrillator was in the workout facility where he collapsed. The cause of his death has not been officially stated, but some experts have speculated that he may have suffered a cardiac arrest, which is a common reason for sudden collapse among young athletes.
White’s death, which was confirmed by his grandfather George Varnadoe Jr, has sparked grief and shock among his family, friends, teammates, and coaches. His coach described him as a great kid who was always smiling, and had a bright future ahead of him. His teammates remembered him as a leader, a brother, and a friend who always encouraged them to work hard and have fun. His family said he was a loving son, brother, and grandson who had a passion for basketball.
White’s death has also raised questions among some conspiracy theorists who wonder if he may have had a heart issue that was caused by the COVID-19 vaccine. They point out that he is added to the growing list of young athletes who have died suddenly, or went into cardiac arrest since 2020 when the COVID-19 vaccine was mandated.
In the past there has been an alleged statistical link found between an increase in heart related incidents in sports after the COVID vaccine was made mandatory. For example before 2021 and vaccine mandates, soccer players collapsing on the field was an extremely rare occurrence, but it has became much more common over the past three years.
According to a report from Dr. Yaffa Shir-Raz, cardiac deaths on the FIFA soccer field increased by 5 times the normal rate. That didn’t include soccer players like Adama Traore who luckily survived a cardiac incident, which would make the increase even greater. Back in 2021 reporter Trevor Sinclair went viral when he sent out tweet wondering if the vaccine was connected to the increase of heart related incidents in sports.
Was Caleb White Vaccinated? Did Alabama Schools Have Vaccine Mandates?
Unlike some other states, Alabama did not have any vaccine mandates for schools or businesses, according to AARP. In fact, state had laws barring local governments, schools, and businesses from requiring proof of COVID-19 vaccination as a condition for admission, or to receive goods or services. They also granted workers broad rights to get religious or medical exemptions to workplace vaccine mandates.
Governor Kay Ivey signed an executive order in October 2021 to fight the federal vaccine mandates issued by President Biden, saying that Alabamians should have the choice to get vaccinated and not be forced by the government. Alabama had one of the lowest vaccination rates in the country, with only about 44% of its population fully vaccinated by December 2021.
It’s not known whether Caleb White was vaccinated, but if he was it wasn’t because of a mandate from his school. Hopefully doctors can figure why he died suddenly, so his family can get closure.