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Warriors’ Wiggins denied religious exemption for COVID-19 vaccine

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Warriors’ Wiggins denied religious exemption for COVID-19 vaccine

KEY COG. Andrew Wiggins averaged 18.6 points in 71 games with the Warriors last season.

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‘Wiggins will not be able to play in Warriors home games until he fulfills the city's vaccination requirements,’ the NBA says

Golden States Warriors forward Andrew Wiggins’ request for religious exemption from the COVID-19 vaccine has been denied and he will not be able to play in his team’s home games without being vaccinated, the NBA said on Friday, September 24.

The 26-year-old Canadian, who averaged 18.6 points and 4.9 rebounds in 71 games with the Warriors last season, was seeking an exemption given the city of San Francisco has a vaccine requirement for large indoor events.

“The NBA has reviewed and denied Andrew Wiggins’ request for religious exemption from the San Francisco Department of Public Health’s order requiring COVID-19 vaccination for all participants age 12 and older at large indoor events,” the NBA said in a statement.

“Wiggins will not be able to play in Warriors home games until he fulfills the city’s vaccination requirements.”

The Warriors have preseason homes games scheduled for Ocober 6, 8, and 15 and will play their regular-season home opener on October 21.

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Wiggins was selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers with the first overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft but never played for the team as he was traded two months later to the Minnesota Timberwolves.

With the Warriors, the swingman shot a career-high 47.7% from the field and a personal-best 38% from three-point range in 71 games (all starts).

Back in March, Wiggins discussed his perspective on the COVID-19 vaccine.

“To each his own, really. Whoever wants to get it, can get it; whoever doesn’t want to get it, don’t get it,” Wiggins said. 

“Right now, I’m not getting it, but it’s no knock on anyone else that’s getting it. I make my own decisions. But right now, I decided not to get it.”

Wiggins said back then that he would be interested in getting more information.

“Yeah, I don’t really see myself getting it any time soon, unless I’m forced to somehow,” he said. “Other than that, I’m good.” – Rappler.com