The NBA has rejected Andrew Wiggins’ request for a vaccination waiver, making the Golden State Warriors swingman ineligible to play at home until he meets San Francisco’s vaccination requirement.
The ruling was announced Friday, hours after the New York Knicks said their entire roster has been vaccinated, making all of their players eligible to play in their home games.
Due to local coronavirus rules in New York and San Francisco, the Knicks, Brooklyn Nets and Warriors must be vaccinated to play in their home arenas unless waivers apply for medical or religious reasons.
Wiggins sought an exemption from the competition for religious reasons.
“The NBA has reviewed and rejected Andrew Wiggins’ request for religious exemption from the San Francisco Department of Public Health’s order requiring COVID-19 vaccination for all participants 12 years and older at major indoor events,” the statement said. competition in a statement.
“Wiggins cannot play Warriors home games until he meets the city’s vaccination requirements.”
Andrew Wiggins (pictured) banned from Golden State home games without COVID-19 vaccination
The NBA announced Friday that it has denied Wiggins’ religious waiver to avoid vaccination as it orders players to get a double jab ahead of the new 2021-2022 season.
The San Francisco Department of Public Health made it clear earlier Friday that there would be no exemption for anyone 12 and older at large indoor gatherings.
“Under the current order, if they are not vaccinated, they are not allowed to enter indoor areas for any reason they have not been vaccinated and cannot test for this requirement even if they have a medical or religious exemption,” a statement said. .
Unvaccinated players will be allowed to play this season, although the NBA has said they should be tested daily on practice and travel days and at least once – possibly more often – on game days, while fully vaccinated players are not tested daily.
However, the Knicks, Nets and Warriors face stricter rules because of their local regulations, which the NBA has told teams do not apply to clubs that visit them.
The Knicks are the first of those teams to say they have fulfilled the mandate.
“I am proud to say that our organization – players, coaches and staff – is 100 percent vaccinated,” general manager Scott Perry said Friday. “And I think it’s an honor for our players too, especially that they took this very seriously and took the responsibility to make it happen.”
Nets general manager Sean Marks said earlier this week that a few players would not qualify yet, but he was confident everyone could participate by the time the regular season started on October 19.
Wiggins still has time, because the San Francisco mandate doesn’t start until mid-next month. Training camps open on Tuesday.
The NBA (pictured) has agreed to vaccinate virtually all parties involved in games, including umpires, coaches, stat crew employees, and anyone who will be in close proximity to players on or off the field in NBA arenas. located
Wiggins will have to sit out next season’s Golden State Warriors home game played at Chase Center (pictured) if he doesn’t keep to NBA and San Francisco vaccine mandates
The NBA has made agreements this off-season to vaccinate virtually all parties involved in games — umpires, coaches, stat crew employees, and anyone near players on or off the field in NBA arenas — to to participate.
The one exception: the players themselves, with the National Basketball Players Association reprimanding all NBA efforts to require them to be vaccinated.
About 85 percent of the players were vaccinated at the end of last season. The league’s wide rating is believed to have risen since then.
Atlanta Hawks general manager Travis Schlenk said Friday that a player is completing his vaccination regimen.
Everyone else on the roster has been vaccinated, as well as the entire coaching and front office staff.
Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau has credited the Knicks medical staff for informing and keeping the organization informed about virus protocols.
Perry praised the players for acting on the information they were given and said their decision to get vaccinated had nothing to do with the rules.
“As an organization, we obviously follow league and state government laws and mandates, but a lot of this was internally, internally driven,” Perry said.