"There's been certainly a whole history of sudden death with sports," McCullough said.
According to the cardiologist, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is the most common condition behind sports-related sudden deaths. The American Heart Association defines hypertrophic cardiomyopathy as a genetic condition where the heart muscles become thicker, reducing the amount of blood being pumped throughout the body with each heartbeat.
"We know [that] with this condition … the heart fails to have enough output. [There's] an inadequate blood flow to the heart, and then abnormal heart rhythm kicks off – called ventricular tachycardia degenerating into ventricular fibrillation. What you see on the court, particularly that little seizure … that occurs with a sudden cardiovascular collapse, that's actually sustained ventricular tachycardia degenerating into ventricular fibrillation," McCullough elaborated.
He pointed out that the phenomenon has become more and more common following the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines.
The last few months of elite athletes suddenly dying "raises the specter" that COVID-19 vaccination may have something to do with the sudden deaths. "We know in athletes at this level that 80 percent plus have received the vaccine at the collegiate and professional competitive level," the cardiologist told Ardis.
Officials from both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) already had evidence of the COVID-19 vaccines causing cardiac issues, according to McCullough. "It was clear to the officials that the vaccines were causing heart inflammation."
"But they stated … two things that were incorrect. They said the [myocarditis] cases were both mild and rare. When I tell you 'mild' – we knew from the FDA review [that] 90 percent of them were so severe that kids were hospitalized. And 'rare' – when this was just when we were starting to vaccinate young people. So we knew that this was the tip of the iceberg."
McCullough told Ardis: "'What I'm telling you is the reports are coming in hot and heavy of myocarditis being fatal."
He also elaborated on why athletes often dismiss the early signs of myocarditis until it is too late: "These athletes do not want to miss a practice, let alone a game. If they have some subtle chest pain, it's possible it could be overlooked or not reported."
Treating myocarditis in athletes involves tests and medications to prevent heart failure. They must also be followed over time and be prohibited from engaging in physical activity for months.
"If there's physical activity in the setting of active myocarditis, there can be cardiac death – which is exactly what we're seeing," McCullough explained.
"The last thing we can do is let an athlete take a vaccine, develop myocarditis and then actually go into competitive sports. We don't know who's received the vaccine [as] the athletes actually don't [reveal] them because of non-disclosures. The great concern here is that this is now sports-induced myocarditis [and] cardiac death." (Related: Bob The Plumber and Marien talk about vaccinated soccer star Sergio "Kun" Aguero collapsing mid-game – Brighteon.TV.)
The pair also compared two National Football League (NFL) quarterbacks – Ben Roethlisberger of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers. Ardis pointed out how Roethlisberger tested positive for COVID-19 even though he was vaccinated. Meanwhile, Rodgers has refused the vaccine on a legitimate medical ground – yet was attacked for it.
The Packers quarterback explained why he could not get the COVID-19 vaccine. "It was simply the fact that I have an allergy to an ingredient that's in the mRNA vaccines. In the CDC's own website, it says: 'If you have had a severe allergic reaction or an immediate allergic reaction to any ingredient in an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine, you should not get either of the currently available mRNA COVID-19 vaccines.'"
"Those two [mRNA vaccines] are out already, so my only option was Johnson & Johnson. But I had heard of multiple people who had adverse events [after] getting the J&J [vaccine]. And to my knowledge, there has been zero long-term studies about sterility or fertility issues around the vaccines. So that was definitely something I was worried about." (Related: Aaron Rodgers apologizes despite being right about vaccines… by definition, they are ANYTHING that protects against disease.)
Rodgers also criticized the NFL's tyrannical restrictions for unvaccinated players. He elaborated: "If you weren't in the vaccinated category, you were in a different category which involves some draconian measures and protocols that you would have to adhere to. [In] my opinion, [these] were not based on science and were more [in line with] a shame-based environment."
McCullough agreed with the quarterback, saying that the league's policy is "punitive" and "not based on good science." He continued: "The NFL was doing an overreach not based on science or even regulatory recommendations."
The cardiologist pointed out an irony with the league, given its earlier stance on Black Lives Matter. He said: "The NFL is right now discriminating based on vaccine status. The NFL, the organization that has done the most to try to stamp out discrimination – you know, certain lives matter more than others – is right away taking vaccination as a point of discrimination."
VaccineDeaths.com has more articles about athletes dying of cardiac issues after being injected with the COVID-19 vaccine.