The Golden State Warrior forward and shooting guard Andrew Wiggins will be missing this season because he had refused to be vaccinated.
The San Francisco government had mandated every player to be vaccinated and NBA decided to comply with the government’s protocol. Due to Wiggin’s religious beliefs, the NBA might exempt him however, the San Francisco government can intervene and override the exemption.
The San Francisco Department of Public Health released a statement that they are doing the necessary steps to clarify these matters, as many business and entertainment industries have also requested vaccine refusal due to religious exemption.
It would be a huge disadvantage for the Golden State Warriors to not let Wiggins play during the home games. The former No. 1 overall draft pick had a career-high average of 18.6 points with 4.9 rebounds.
His former teammate from Minnesota Timberwolves, Karl-Anthony Towns are thinking differently as he had already lost a lot of family members, including his mother, due to the Covid-19 virus. Thus, it led him to publicly denounced people who are still refusing vaccination despite the benefit of having to add extra protection against Covid-19.
Due to the local mandates, the New York Knicks and the Brooklyn Nets are also affected to impose the same mandate on their players. The Nets general manager Sean Marks that they have several players who refused to get vaccinated so they can’t possibly play for the team next season.
Also, as stated in the local mandate, every coach, front office and medical personnel, communications staff, and security are all required to get the vaccine.