After initially refusing to take the COVID-19 vaccine, Warriors ahead Andrew Wiggins has obliged in opposition to his perception and is now vaccinated.

Wiggins spoke to the media on Monday after Golden State’s 121-107 preseason win over the Trail Blazers, and mentioned he felt compelled by the NBA to take the shot.

Golden State Warriors forward Andrew Wiggins (22) warms up before the NBA play-in game against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center.

Golden State Warriors ahead Andrew Wiggins (22) warms up earlier than the NBA play-in sport in opposition to the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center.
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“The only options were to get vaccinated or not play in the NBA,” Wiggins mentioned. “It was a tough decision. Hopefully, it works out in the long run and in 10 years I’m still healthy.”

Wiggins was revealed because the Warriors solely non-vaccinated participant throughout final Monday’s NBA Media Day, citing well being and spiritual causes. Wiggins utilized for a waiver exemption from the league however was denied. If Wiggins held true to his weapons to not get the shot, he would have been on the danger of lacking at the least 41-of-82 video games this season, attributable to San Francisco’s vaccine mandate. The mandate states that anybody participating in a big indoor gathering should obtain at the least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

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Draymond Green, Wiggins’ teammate, got here out in help of Wiggins final week, saying that he respects his proper to not get vaccinated and needs extra individuals would settle for that.

Lakers ahead LeBron James agreed with Green as nicely, which has drawn criticism from media members and different gamers across the league, equivalent to Celtics middle Enes Kanter. Kanter went on CNN on Sunday and mentioned he was disillusioned to listen to what James mentioned and urged him to be a pacesetter in selling gamers to get the vaccine.

Golden State Warriors forward Andrew Wiggins (22) celebrates with guard Stephen Curry (30) after Wiggins made a 3-point shot against the Los Angeles Clippers during the second half of an NBA basketball game in San Francisco, Friday, Jan. 8, 2021. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

Golden State Warriors ahead Andrew Wiggins (22) celebrates with guard Stephen Curry (30) after Wiggins made a 3-point shot in opposition to the Los Angeles Clippers in the course of the second half of an NBA basketball sport in San Francisco, Friday, Jan. 8, 2021. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

Where is the “my body, my choice” crowd at on this one? On trip? Or are they ignoring the problems that don’t match the narrative? My cash is on the latter, as we proceed to see athletes compelled into taking the shot.

Wiggins clearly isn’t snug with it, as evident within the tone of his voice.

“I guess to do certain stuff, you know, to work and all that, you don’t own your body,” Wiggins mentioned. “You know, that’s what it comes down to.”