Andrew Wiggins will not be able to play in Golden State Warriors’ home games this season if he remains unvaccinated. San Francisco currently requires proof of vaccination for large indoor events and NBA players are no exception. The NBA has also denied Wiggins’ request for a religious exemption for getting vaccinated, so his choices are now limited. It seems he will have to get the COVID-19 vaccination or be unable to play in any Golden State Warriors home games. This puts the Warriors in a tough spot without one of their key contributors and starters for half their games.
Warriors starting small forward Andrew Wiggins won’t be able to play home games, even if he gets a religious or medical exemption to avoid the coronavirus vaccine from the NBA.https://t.co/SjCmlfNHC7
— San Francisco Chronicle (@sfchronicle) September 24, 2021
The NBA says it 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.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) September 24, 2021
The religious exemption seemed like a last-ditch effort by Andrew Wiggins to avoid the vaccination. It seems like it was doomed for failure even if it was granted which it was not. The city of San Francisco is not budging on this matter and has no reason to. Wiggins said back in March that he would not get vaccinated unless he was forced to. It seems like he may be forced to do just that now that he is out of options.
Golden State is in a tough spot here considering they will be without a starter for half of their regular-season games. The playoffs could be an entirely different problem if it comes to that with Andrew Wiggins. Def Pen Sports will continue to update this story as more comes out.