NBA star Patty Mills weighed in on the Novak Djokovic drama as he said that “rules apply to everyone.”
After landing in Australia, Djokovic was detained and had his visa cancelling for failing to show he had a valid proof for entering the country unvaccinated.
Djokovic was then transported to an immigration hotel, where he spent the next few days.
Djokovic won his appeal in court and had his visa reinstated.
“Yeah [I’ve watched] a little bit. I’ve followed a little bit from afar,” Mills said on Wednesday, as quoted on The New Post. “I don’t know if he’s still in hotel quarantine, is that right? Has he left the country yet?”
Mills: Rules should apply to everyone, including Djokovic
Mills was asked whether the rules should apply to everybody.
“Yes. I won an Olympic medal and quarantined in a hotel by myself for two weeks,” Mills answered. “As much as a buzzkill as it was to [not] go home and celebrate with family and friends, I’ve done it.”
Mills is fully vaccinated and he was hoping his example would inspire some among the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to take the jab.
“More importantly, I think my perspective of coming from a small community and a small place, especially an indigenous population where this kind of thing can run through a whole community and a generation very quickly,” Mills said. “So, I guess my understanding of doing your part to look after the community is important. One hundred percent.”
After winning his appeal, Djokovic took to Instagram as he wrote: “I am pleased and grateful that the Judge overturned my visa cancellation. Despite all that has happened in the past week, I want to stay and to try to compete at the Australian Open. I remain focused on that. I flew here to play at one of the most important events we have in front of the amazing fans. For now I cannot say more but THANK YOU for standing with me through all this and encouraging me to stay strong.”