NBA denies Warriors’ Andrew Wiggins request for COVID vaccine exemption

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SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (KRON) — Golden State Warriors’ forward Andrew Wiggins is still not vaccinated against COVID-19, according to reports, jeopardizing his availability with the Dubs this season.

On Friday, the NBA officially denied Wiggins’ request to get a religious exemption for the COVID vaccine, according to ESPN.

The full statement from the league reads:

“The NBA has reviewed and denied Andrew Wiggins’ request for religious exemption from the San Francisco Department of Public Heath’s order requiring COVID-19 vaccination for all participants age 12 and older at large indoor events. Wiggins will not be able to play in Warriors home games until he fulfills the city’s vaccination requirements.”

Wiggins, 26, has previously stated he won’t get the vaccine unless he is forced to.

And now, with season less than a month away — there are concerns about where Wiggins, the team’s second-leading scorer last season, stands with Golden State.

Earlier this month, the NBA announced players whose organization has local COVID-19 requirements will not be allowed inside arenas or facilities unless there’s approved medical or religious exemption.

This impacts teams in San Francisco and New York City where both cities have passed laws requiring COVID-19 vaccination.

So, players on the Golden State Warriors, New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets who are not vaccinated will not be allowed to play in home games.

If Wiggins holds his ground and remains firm with his decision to not get vaccinated, he won’t be able to play in any Warriors games at Chase Center this season.

The Warriors have not commented on Wiggins’ situation as of Wednesday night.

KRON4 reached out to the San Francisco Department of Public Health for comment but has not yet heard back.

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