Howard stern has a strong message for tennis star Novak Djokovic and his stance on COVID-19 vaccinations.
The world number one player is currently in Australia ahead of the 2022 Australian Open, but was arrested after arriving in Melbourne last week after “failing to provide appropriate evidence to meet entry requirements”, according to the Australian Border Force.
Djokovic, 34, has commented on his “opposition to vaccination” in the past, which caught the attention of the media.
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Stern, a longtime comedian and radio presenter, has strongly countered Djokovic’s views.
“I call him the Joker. What a fucking hole,” Stern, 68, said on his SiriusXM radio show.
Before arriving in Australia, the Serbian athlete claimed he had obtained a “medical exemption” to play at the Australian Open without a vaccine – vaccination is a requirement to enter the country.
“The first time I heard about this guy is that he doesn’t want to be vaccinated and he’s running around,” Stern said Tuesday in response to the scandal. “They should throw him out of tennis right away.”
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Stern, who has previously called people who will not get vaccinated, then slammed Djokovic for saying his decision should be personal rather than government mandated.
“It’s like saying that smoking is a private decision. Well, it’s true,” Stern continued. “But don’t fucking smoke my face. What a fool. Just a big, stupid tennis player.”
Immigration Minister Alex Hawke set to make decision today if the Australian government wants cancel Djokovic’s visa, after he won his call in court, guaranteeing his freedom from a detention center.
In a statement on Tuesday, Djokovic said the error in his travel report was the result of “human error” and “certainly not deliberate” on his part.
“[The declaration] was submitted by my support team on my behalf – as I told immigration officials upon arrival – and my agent sincerely apologizes for the administrative error by checking the wrong box regarding my previous trip before coming to Australia ”, he wrote via Instagram. “We are living in difficult times in a global pandemic and sometimes these mistakes can happen.”
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