Tommy John’s son uses ex-Yankee’s COVID-19 battle to push bizarre hoaxes
MLB great Tommy John is minimizing the threat of COVID-19, even as he fights the virus from the hospital. And if you think that’s crazy, wait until you see his son.
John’s oldest son, Tommy John III, has been spewing bizarre theories about the virus since it began, claiming it doesn’t exist and urging people to stop wearing masks. In response to the Post story about his father, John III was back at it on Wednesday, launching another round of dangerous misinformation on Instagram.
“Been having a lot of people say to me in my fight for the health and medical freedom of the globe over the past 10 months of a staged charade of a pandemic that I’d ‘sing a different tune’ if it affected my family or someone close to me,” he said to his over 71,000 Instagram followers, along with a screenshot of the Post story. “This is my dad they are talking about but Let’s see…how should I put this….THERE IS NO PANDEMIC.
“THERE IS NO VIRUS THAT CAUSES A NEW DISEASE CALLED CVD. THERE IS NO TEST THAT DETECTS A VIRUS OR AN INFECTION. MASKS ARE USELESS AND A SIGN OF OBEDIENCE AND COMPLIANCE AND ARE EXTREMELY UNHEALTHY ESPECIALLY ON CHILDREN. STOP GETTING TESTED. STOP WEARING YOUR MASK. OH….AND YOU ALL CAN HAVE DIBS ON MY VXXXN BECAUSE IT’S NOT REALLY A VXXXN ANYWAYS.”
The rest of his page is full of similar debunked information and conspiracy theories. His previous post has an image of the words, “what virus?”, with a caption saying he is “still waiting for a magical, flying villain to be exposed” and that the “fake pandemic is “manufactured. Deliberate. Man made.”
His page is also full of links to virus hoax websites, as well as links to his podcast.
John III, who goes as “Dr. Tommy John” on Instagram, is a chiropractor in San Diego and did not go to medical school. According to his website, he holds Masters Degrees in Health and Exercise Science from Furman University, and got his Doctor of Chiropractic Degree from Life University, which his site notes is “a 4-year program.”
His father, who was the first MLB pitcher to return to baseball following the elbow reconstructive surgery that is now known as “Tommy John Surgery,” did slightly back walk back his frustrated comments to The Daily Beast where he denied the severity of the virus.
“I’m not a denier. I’ve had it, baby,” he said in a phone interview with the Associated Press, after previously accusing a reporter of “making a mountain out of a molehill” when discussing details of his diagnosis.
Clearly, however, the younger John has no interest in walking back any of his outlandish claims, seeing as he has built a reputation on denying the virus’s very existence.
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