Golden State Warriors small forward Andrew Wiggins was denied an exemption by the city of San Francisco regarding the COVID-19 vaccine, meaning Wiggins will have to be fully vaccinated to enter Golden State’s home arena for games this season. There are no restrictions for visiting players who are unvaccinated at the moment but that could change.
Wiggins has not said whether he would take the vaccine, according to his comments at Warriors Media Day. According to Bobby Marks, the forward would lose $8.9 million if he misses all 41 home games for refusing to take the vaccine. The small forward admitted “his back is against the wall” regarding the COVID vaccine but says he’ll continue to fight for what he believes is right.
Wiggins says his "back is definitely against the wall" but will keep fighting for what he believes is right in regards to the COVID-19 vaccine pic.twitter.com/HMVkDeOId1— Warriors on NBCS (@NBCSWarriors) September 27, 2021
The NBA has been dealing with significant vaccine pushback from high-profile players, notably Kyrie Irving, Jonathan Isaac and Wiggins. The league reportedly has over 90 percent of its personnel on track to be fully vaccinated but the vaccine mandate in New York and San Francisco has opened up concerns for players who are not vaccinated.
There’s official word on whether Wiggins and others will have to forfeit salaries for games they miss. We’ll have to wait and see if NBA teams and the league enforces these rules strictly or let the unvaccinated players slide.