Richard, who played college ball at Southern Mississippi, made his views on vaccinations know through his Twitter account.
Here are some of his tweets on the subject.
None of my kids will be vaccinated— Jalen Richard (@RocketRich30) July 10, 2019
Researched , along with peer reviewed articles & added my religious beliefs. Decided no vaccinations ! End of story , sorry not sorry !— Jalen Richard (@RocketRich30) July 10, 2019
😂😂😂big facts they really hurt ! https://t.co/M01ar6eSEJ— Jalen Richard (@RocketRich30) July 10, 2019
Science overwhelmingly disagrees with Richard.
When unvaccinated people live, shop, worship and socialize in a community, they weaken that community’s protection against measles. They put at risk those who for genuine medical reasons cannot get vaccinated.
The editorial also pointed out:
About 1 in 5 unvaccinated people in the U.S. who get measles is hospitalized, according to the CDC. And as many as one 1 of every 20 children with measles gets pneumonia, the most common cause of death from measles in young children. Measles also can result in brain swelling and blindness.
Here's a link to information about measles from the CDC.