NBA denies Andrew Wiggins’ request for religious exemption from COVID-19 vaccine


The NBA denied Andrew Wiggins‘ request for a religious exemption from getting vaccinated against COVID-19, saying in a release Friday that the Golden State Warriors swingman will not be able to play home games until he fulfills San Francisco’s vaccination requirements.

San Francisco requires anyone over the age 12 or older at indoor events with 1,000 people or more to provide proof of vaccination — including NBA games at Chase Center — unless there is an approved medical or religious exemption for them not doing so.

Similar rules are being enforced in New York. These laws apply only to players on the Knicks, Nets and Warriors and not to members of visiting teams coming to play those clubs.

Wiggins, 26, said back in March that he was not planning on getting vaccinated.

“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 on March 22. “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.”

ESPN’s Nick Friedell contributed to this story.



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