Golden State Warriors forward Andrew Wiggins is still doing his research on the vaccine, apparently.
Warriors’ swingman Andrew Wiggins put his foot down about taking the COVID-19 vaccine making it clear he would not do so until he “forced too.” ESPN reports as the start of the 2021-22 NBA season nears, the Warriors are becoming worried because Wiggins’ stance has not changed.
A league source revealed to the sports network that Wiggins is still adamant about not getting vaccinated, confirming a report first shared by the San Francisco Chronicle report on Wednesday (Sep.22). As of August 20, San Francisco requires proof of vaccination for large indoor events like NBA games. Wiggins’ firm stance against vaccinations could put his availability into question for home games.
The Warriors declined to speak on the Wiggins vaccine hesitancy, citing player privacy protocols. The San Francisco Department of Public Health also said it would not comment directly on Wiggins’ situation unless he is granted a religious exemption by the NBA.
“We are actively addressing the matter of requests for religious exemption from vaccinations across many industries and will work with our business and entertainment community on next steps,” the Department of Public Health said in the statement to the Chronicle. “We will provide further clarification on this topic.”
The 26-year old professional hooper is one of the few big names in the NBA to say they would not take the COVID-19 vaccine publicly.
“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 back in March. “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.”
Like many notable professional athletes, Wiggins claimed he needed more information even though they all have access to some of the world’s best doctors and medical professionals.
“Yeah, I don’t really see myself getting it any time soon, unless I’m forced to somehow,” Wiggins also. “Other than that, I’m good.”
The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the Warriors put Wiggins in touch with an Oakland doctor to discuss the vaccine. He still didn’t change his stance, so much about “needing more information.”
We are intrigued to see how this plays out. Usually, when the money gets affected, players change their tone. Just ask Buffalo Bills wide receiver Isaiah McKenzie who got vaccinated after the NFL fined him $14,650 for not wearing a mask.
As expected, the reactions to Wiggins’ decision have been pouring in, with many people outright clowning on him on Twitter. Check out some of the best reactions in the gallery below:
Twitter Reacts To Andrew Wiggins Being Anti-Vax
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Shot selection has always been an issue for Andrew Wiggins https://t.co/uA9GjChaU3— Andrew Joseph (@AndyJ0seph) September 23, 2021
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Wiggins would probably decide to take the Covid shot if it was only 45% effective instead of 95%— sreekar (@sreekyshooter) September 23, 2021
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Andrew Wiggins is anti-vax.— Colb (@___Colb___) September 23, 2021
Ben Simmons never coming back to the 76ers.
Timberwolves’ executives smashing coworkers on company time.
The NBA’s 75th season is off to an interesting start.
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Wiggins down to lose 350K per game over YouTube University God bless him— Jason Maples (@JJMaples55_MST) September 23, 2021
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Wiggins took that ridiculous shot in the play in but he won’t get the covid shot? Man gotta improve his shot selection— Lucas Dodson (@lucasdodson12) September 23, 2021
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Andrew Wiggins 🤝 Ben Simmons— Mitch (@nwstateofmind) September 23, 2021
won’t take a shot
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When Wiggins go out to eat anywhere in San Francisco pic.twitter.com/0Jm1BWRpWB— Josiah Johnson (@KingJosiah54) September 23, 2021
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Golden State Warriors front office convincing Daryl Morey to trade Ben Simmons for Wiggins, Looney and 1st round picks pic.twitter.com/iVS5ZynzSr— Adam🇸🇴 (@cubans6767) September 21, 2021
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Wiggins passes on yet another good shot https://t.co/XZve13EcrM— Will (@geauxsohard) September 23, 2021
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Nigga really want the WARRIORS to trade away Wiggins and Draymond Fucking Green for Ben Simmons.....like why you trying to piss off klay and curry pic.twitter.com/jMSMrlu6fo— Realest101__(Backup) (@Realest101B) September 21, 2021
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Wiggins finally found a shot he won’t take https://t.co/a6xD9Qt7Rz— i. adan (@_nopename) September 23, 2021
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As a Warriors fan, I hope the team parts with Wiggins if he adamantly refuses to get vaccinated. Enough coddling. We're 2 years into a deadly pandemic. I heard Simmons wants a home. Call up 76ers and see if they'll make a trade. Bye, Wiggins.— Wajahat Ali (@WajahatAli) September 23, 2021
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