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‘Would Rather Go to Prison’ – Bygone Novak Djokovic Controversy Comes Back Roaring as Billionaire Elon Musk Triggers Millions With His Angry Take

Published 09/26/2023, 12:41 PM EDT

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Over the months of 2022, there was a growing debate about Novak Djokovic and his Covid-19 vaccination status. Last year, he was deported from Australia just before the Australian Open after failing to provide appropriate documents to get an exemption for the COVID-19 vaccine. Later that year, he was also disallowed entry into the United States to play in the US Open. Months after this controversy, Tesla CEO Elon Musk has highlighted the Serb’s special achievement as he sided with him on this subject.

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Recently, Musk was involved in a debate over the efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccines. In this argument, the billionaire took Djokovic’s example to highlight the people who haven’t taken the vaccine shot and have gone on to shine on the global stage.

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The world’s richest man shared a video on his official Twitter handle hours ago, highlighting the efficiency of different COVID-19 vaccines. He wanted to highlight how vaccines were not fool-proof, yet it was mandated to take the COVID-19 shot.

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Talking about this, Musk said, “My concern was more the outrageous demand that people *must* take the vaccine and multiple boosters to do anything at all. That was messed up. Until the Supreme Court invalidated Biden’s exec order, SpaceX and many other companies would have been forced to fire anyone who refused to get vaccinated! We would not have done so. I would rather go to prison than fire good people who didn’t want to be jabbed.” Further, he went on to highlight how people who haven’t taken the vaccine are still shining by giving Djokovic’s case.


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Musk continued, As for those who didn’t take any vaccine, well @DjokerNole just won a record number of grand slams … It’s not like I don’t believe in vaccines – I do. However, the cure cannot be potentially worse than the disease. And public debate over efficacy should not be shut down.”

Djokovic has never shied away from talking about his COVID-19 vaccination status. In fact, after his US Open win, he sat down with John McEnroe to talk about last year’s disappointment.


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Djokovic on his vaccination stance

The World Number 1 made a candid revelation in front of McEnroe where he talked about his stance on the COVID-19 vaccine. Opening up about his polarizing choice, he said, “I was never anti-vax, I was always pro-freedom-to-choose. And that’s something that we took really for granted. I didn’t feel like a lot of people had a choice, really.”


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Nonetheless, with the COVID-19 vaccine controversy behind him, Djokovic has enjoyed a fantastic season, winning 3 Grand Slam titles this year. In possibly one of the coldest settling of accounts ever, he clinched two titles at the very two tournaments where he was denied the chance to play last year. He’ll look to finish the 2023 season on a high as he takes the court at the Paris Masters.

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Vatsal Shah


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Vatsal Shah is a tennis author at EssentiallySports. With a Bachelor's degree in engineering, he is a die hard fan of tennis and sports in general. He is an ardent follower of Rafael Nadal and is inspired by his never-say-die attitude.
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Mitali Dey