Andrew Wiggins took a COVID-19 vaccine, head coach Steve Kerr told reporters on Sunday. This means he will be cleared to play in Golden State home games.
Wiggins had previously expressed his skepticism about COVID-19 vaccines, leaving his status in doubt for the coming season. Warriors players who are not vaccinated are not permitted access to the Chase Center during matches without exemptions. A San Francisco regulation prohibits unvaccinated people 12 years of age and older from attending large indoor gatherings. Home players are subject to the rule, while visiting players are not.
The NBA has rejected Wiggins’ request for a religious exemption – no major religion prohibits its followers from getting vaccinated – meaning without the vaccine he would not have been available for Golden State’s 41 home games in the regular season and beyond.
Wiggins risked his paychecks before getting vaccinated
The NBA announced last week that players who miss home games due to local regulations will not be paid for those missed games. Wiggins – who is expected to start as a shooting guard until Klay Thompson returns – is expected to earn $ 31.6 million this season.
New York has similar regulations requiring Knicks and Brooklyn Nets players to be vaccinated to access their arenas. The New York Knicks have announced that all of their players have been vaccinated. Goalkeeper Kyrie Irving apparently wouldn’t have taken a vaccine. He declined to speak publicly about his status, but was not allowed to attend last week’s Nets media day in person with the team citing the COVID-19 regulations.