Canadian Wiggins sticks to his guns on COVID-19 vaccine – .


SAN FRANCISCO – Golden State Warriors forward Andrew Wiggins is sticking to his beliefs when it comes to staying unvaccinated against COVID-19, although that decision could soon cost him playing at home.

Wiggins may not be allowed into the Golden State home building at the Chase Center for games on October 13, when the San Francisco Department of Public Health begins requiring proof of vaccination for major events in room.

“The back is definitely against the wall, but I’m going to keep fighting for what I believe in,” Wiggins said on media day Monday. “I will continue to fight for what I believe is right. What is right for one person is not fair for the other and vice versa. “

Wiggins declined to explain what those beliefs really involved, saying, “It’s none of your business, that’s what it boils down to.” “

He stands to lose over $ 350,000 per game and if he doesn’t play a home game he will give up half of his $ 31.6 million salary.

“It’s my problem, not yours,” he said.

His teammates offer their support but know what he means to the Warriors. Not having the starting forward for the home games is “not ideal,” Curry said. Curry hopes Wiggins will change his mind.

“At the end of the day, it’s up to him, there’s no secret at this point,” Curry said. “We obviously hope he has all the right information and access to the right resources to ask any questions he has about making this decision. We hope it is available. We hope this is going in the right direction. My opinion is, of course, I had and ready to be available and following the mandates. “

Wiggins said he was given rules to follow when he was on the team’s premises, but would not say if he is required to wear a mask around his teammates, for example.

The NBA said on Friday it had ‘considered and rejected’ Wiggins ‘request for religious exemption and that he could not play in Warriors’ home games until he fulfills the vaccination mandate . Anyone 12 years of age or older is required to show proof of vaccination to attend indoor events at the Chase Center, and this post is on the Warriors website for fans.

“It’s personal, it’s private,” CEO Bob Myers said of the players’ vaccine status. “What I would say is I’m optimistic for the first game here at Chase, we’ll have our full squad in terms of who’s healthy and who isn’t. “

Coach Steve Kerr said he hadn’t thought about the idea of ​​Wiggins not being available.

“We’ll just see how it all plays out,” Kerr said. “We hope everything will be worked out over the next two weeks, and we’re going to camp tomorrow with a plan to get everyone on the ground and ready to roll. “

Wiggins, 26, entering his eighth NBA season, averaged 18.6 points, 4.9 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.0 blocks per game last season.

The Warriors’ regular-season home game opener is scheduled for Oct. 21 against the Los Angeles Clippers.

“I don’t even think that far. I think day by day, ”said Wiggins.

At this time, Myers is not making contingency plans.

“I don’t get to that level because, like I said before, my belief and my thoughts are that we will have the whole team,” Myers said. “I’m not really preparing for anything different right now. ”


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