On September 24, a northern Californian athlete was barred from competitive basketball matches on his home court for being unvaccinated.
The National Basketball Association (NBA) recently denied Andrew Wiggins’s request for a COVID-19 vaccine exemption based on religious grounds.
“NBA has reviewed and denied Andrew Wiggins’s 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 league said in a statement obtained by Marca.
This means he will be unable to play in any Golden State Warriors home games.
“Wiggins will not be able to play in Warriors home games until he fulfills the city’s vaccination requirements,” NBA said according to Newsmax.
New York and San Francisco recently introduced strict COVID-19 immunization regulations. The NBA’s 2021-2022 season is also subject to the vaccine mandate.
Although the league does not specifically require players to be vaccinated, local regulations in some locations require that some teams be fully vaccinated to play. Visiting teams do not have this requirement.
“Under the current order, if unvaccinated, they cannot enter indoor areas regardless of the reason they are unvaccinated and cannot test out of this requirement–even if they have a medical or religious exemption,” the San Francisco Department of Public Health said in a statement obtained by the Associated Press.
The Warrior’s first home game of the season starts on Oct. 19.
The New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets are in a similar situation. Their players also need to receive the jab before competing at their home court. Other NBA teams only require daily COVID-19 tests for players and coaches during practice, travel, and game days. About 90 percent of all NBA players are fully vaccinated according to the Bleacher Report.
“To each his own, really—whoever wants to get it can get it, whoever does not want to get it do not get it,” Wiggins previously said according to Newsmax. “Right now, I am not getting it but it is no knock on anyone else that is getting it. I make my own decisions but right now, I decided not to get it.”
“I do not really see myself getting it any time soon, unless I am forced to somehow,” he added. “Other than that I am good.”