NBA Denies Warriors Andrew Wiggins’ Vaccine Exemption Request
Andrew Wiggins has a dilemma on his hands.
Ahead of the weekend, the NBA has announced that it has reviewed and denied the Golden State Warriors guard’s exemption request on his vaccination status. The Canadian Wiggins cited religion as the reason behind his desires to remain unvaccinated.
“The NBA has reviewed and denied Andrew Wiggins’ request for religious exemption from the San Francisco Department of Public Health’s order requiring COVID-19 vaccination for all participants age 12 and older at large indoor events,” the league said in a statement. “Wiggins will not be able to play in Warriors home games until he fulfills the city’s vaccination requirements.”
The NBA has denied Andrew Wiggins religious exemption from COVID-19 vaccination, and he will not be able to play in home games until he fulfills San Francisco's vaccination requirements, per @ShamsCharania pic.twitter.com/SRwtoDLBr6
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) September 25, 2021
This puts Wiggins in a peculiar situation as until Wiggins decides to receive the vaccine – assuming he eventually does – he will not be eligible to even participate in team workouts. He’s currently restricted to individual workouts.
The New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets are the only other two teams that play in a city where proof of vaccination has become mandatory to partake in indoor events. According to Brooklyn Nets general manager Sean Marks, there remains a couple of players who would be ineligible to play home games if the season was to begin today. Most notably, Kyrie Irving is one player who is rumored to have not yet receive both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.
The NBA has recently struck an agreement which mandates virtually all parties involved in the game to receive the vaccine. That includes coaching and training staffs, referees and anyone else who works in close proximity to the players both on and off the court.
The NBA has not yet made vaccines mandatory for its players.