NBA Denies COVID-19 Vaccine Religious Exemption for Andrew Wiggins

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Unvaccinated New York Knicks, Brooklyn Nets and Golden State Warriors basketball players would have to miss home games in the 2021-2022 season due to local COVID-19 restrictions.  

In a memo released by the NBA, Golden States Warriors’ forward Andrew Wiggins had his religious exemption from getting the COVID-19 vaccine denied. 

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

In March, Wiggins told reporters he would not voluntarily receive the COVID-19 vaccine unless he was forced to by the league. 

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If the former No. 1 overall pick ultimately decides not to receive the vaccination, he will miss all 41 Warriors home games. However, he would be allowed to play in all road games. 

Unvaccinated New York Knicks, Brooklyn Nets and Golden State Warriors players would have to miss home games in the 2021-2022 season due to local COVID-19 restrictions.   

The players on the respective franchises will not play in their home arenas unless they have a valid religious or medical exemption, according to the memo sent out by the NBA. 

However, the unvaccinated policy will not apply to visiting players.   

Local governments in New York, San Francisco and Brooklyn, beginning on Sept. 13 and Oct. 13, said any unvaccinated person over the age of 12 wouldn’t be allowed to enter “certain covered premises” inside their respective cities. Covered premises would include the Barclays Center, Madison Square Garden and the Chase Center, home of the Nets, Knicks and Warriors, respectively. 

Related: Unvaccinated NBA Players From 3 Teams to Sit Out Home Games 

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