Warriors’ Andrew Wiggins: ‘I used to be compelled’ to get vaccine

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2021-10-05 14:08:26 GMT+00:00 – Golden State Warriors swingman Andrew Wiggins stated he felt “forced” to obtain the COVID-19 vaccine.

“The only options were to get vaccinated or not play in the NBA,” the No. 1 general decide in 2014 stated Monday. “It was a tough decision. Hopefully, it works out in the long run and in 10 years I’m still healthy.”

The metropolis of San Francisco has a well being order that forestalls unvaccinated individuals from coming into sure giant indoor areas, together with Chase Center, the Warriors’ house enviornment.

“It feels good to play, but getting vaccinated, that’s going to be something that stays in my mind for a long time,” Wiggins stated. “It’s not something I wanted to do, but I was forced to.”

The 26-year-old utilized for a non secular exemption with the NBA however was denied, and thus risked forfeiture of at the very least half his $31.5 million wage for the 2021-22 season if he did not obtain the vaccine.

Wiggins stated he received the Johnson & Johnson single-dose shot, including he’s the one one in his household who’s vaccinated.

“I guess to do certain stuff to work, I guess you don’t own your body,” he stated. “That’s what it comes down to. If you want to work in society today, then I guess they made the rules of what goes in your body and what you do. Hopefully, there’s a lot of people out there that are stronger than me and keep fighting, stand for what they believe, and hopefully, it works out for them.”

Wiggins averaged 18.6 factors, 4.9 rebounds and a couple of.4 assists in 71 video games final season for the Warriors.

The 2014-15 Rookie of the Year is coming into his eighth NBA season. He has performed for Golden State since a February 2020 commerce with Minnesota, the place he performed his first five-plus NBA seasons.

He’s averaged 19.5 factors, 4.4 rebounds and a couple of.3 assists per recreation in 525 profession video games (all begins).

–Field Level Media

Sep 27, 2021; San Francisco, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Andrew Wiggins (22) during Media Day at the Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports