Warriors' Andrew Wiggins feels like he was 'kind of forced' to get COVID-19 vaccine to play in NBA

Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr revealed on Sunday that Andrew Wiggins got a COVID-19 vaccination, allowing the forward to play all house video games this season. Wiggins, however, has actually because made it clear he’s still doubtful of the vaccine regardless of lastly getting the jab. 

After a 121-107 preseason win versus the Portland Trailblazers, Wiggins — who in March stated he’d just get immunized if he were required to and in September unsuccessfully requested a spiritual exemption — discussed his “tough decision” to get immunized. 

Here’s what Wiggins stated, through CNN: 

“I feel like the only options [were] to get vaccinated or not play in the NBA. It feels good to play, but getting vaccinated, that’s going to be something that stays in my mind for a long time. It’s not something I wanted to do, but kind of forced to.”

The San Francisco Department of Health is needing everybody 12 and older get COVID-19 vaccinations in order to participate in or take part in big indoor occasions. Wiggins is undoubtedly amongst that group, so the 26-year-old would’ve been disallowed from all Warriors house video games if he stayed unvaccinated. The NBA likewise would not have actually compensated him for those missed out on video games, significance Wiggins — who’s set to make $31.579 million this season — would’ve likewise lost out on a minimum of half his video game checks. 

Wiggins might have qualms with San Francisco and the NBA’s vaccination policies, however that hasn’t impacted his relationship with his group. 

“They didn’t make the rule,” Wiggins stated of Golden State. “But I guess to do certain stuff, to work, I guess you don’t own your body. That’s what it comes down to. If you want to work in society today, then I guess they made the rules of what goes in your body and what you do. Hopefully, there’s a lot of people out there that are stronger than me and keep fighting, stand for what they believe, and hopefully, it works out for them.”

At Warriors media day, Wiggins stated he was “confident” in his apprehension of the COVID-19 vaccine, declaring he understood what was “right” and “wrong.” Wiggins’ household obviously shares that perspective, as the previous Minnesota Timberwolves No. 1 total choice stated no one else in his household is immunized. 

“It’s not really something we believe in as a family,” Wiggins stated. “They know that I had to. It came down to get the vaccination or don’t play basketball. I’m 26. I have two kids. I want more kids. I’m trying to do something that will generate as much money as I can for my kids and my future kids, trying to make generational wealth. So, I took the gamble, took the risk, and hopefully, like I said, I’m good.”

In his very first complete season with the Warriors in 2020-21, Wiggins began 71 of 72 video games while balancing 18.6 points, 4.9 rebounds and 2.4 helps. The Kansas item played the very first 6 and a half seasons of his profession in Minnesota.  The Warriors have 4 preseason video games staying prior to their routine season opener versus the Los Angeles Lakers in Staples Center on Oct. 19. 

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