NBA denies Golden State Warriors player Andrew Wiggins’ request for religious exemption coronavirus vaccine, which is required for participation in large indoor events, including the Warriors’ home games in San Francisco.
The league’s decision complicates matters for the team and for Mr Wiggins, 26 ahead Who was the number 1 draft pick in 2014. He said In March he said he did not plan to receive the vaccine unless he was forced to.
The ruling means Mr Wiggins will be barred from attending home games in San Francisco, where his team is based, unless he is vaccinated. City Last month essentially people showed they had been vaccinated for attending large indoor events. A negative coronavirus test will not suffice.
“Unless he meets the city’s vaccination requirements, Wiggins will not be able to play in Warriors home games,” the NBA said in a statement. Statement on twitter on friday
It was unclear on Saturday on what basis Mr Wiggins had applied for the religious exemption.
The NBA does not currently require players to vaccinate against COVID-19, and the players’ union strongly opposes such a rule. Players without vaccinations will be allowed to play this season, but will have to submit to a daily test. The league said this month that it Mandate Vaccines for Referees, under an agreement with the union representing them.
Due to local regulations in New York and San Francisco, players from the New York Knicks, Brooklyn Nets and Golden State Warriors face stricter regulations and must be vaccinated unless they are exempt for medical or religious reasons. .
Mr Wiggins, Joe. are from Toronto, will be allowed to play most road games, but may not be allowed to face the Knicks and Nets. New York City debuted last month To require proof of vaccination For entry into many indoor venues including stadiums and playgrounds.
The new NBA season is about to start next month, and the Warriors’ first home game, a preseason matchup, will take place on October 6 at the Chase Center. The team is to play 44 games at home, including three during the preseason, between October and April.
Warriors representatives did not respond to requests for comment Saturday afternoon.