Thursday, January 27, 2022

NBA Denies Warriors’ Wiggins Vaccination Waiver Request

GREENBERG, NY (WNN) — The NBA has denied Andrew Wiggins’ request for a vaccination waiver, making the Golden State Warriors swingman ineligible to play home games unless San Francisco’s vaccination requirement is met.

The ruling was announced Friday after the New York Knicks said their entire roster was vaccinated, making all of their players eligible to play in their home games.

Due to local coronavirus regulations in New York and San Francisco, the Knicks, Brooklyn Nets and Warriors are required to be vaccinated to play at their home grounds, unless exemptions apply for medical or religious reasons.

Wiggins sought exemption from the league for religious reasons.

The league said in a statement, “The NBA has reviewed and denied Andrew Wiggins’ request for a religious exemption from the San Francisco Department of Public Health’s order for all participants 12 years of age and older to receive a COVID-19 exemption.” -19 vaccination is required.” “Unless he meets the city’s vaccination requirements, Wiggins will not be able to play in the Warriors’ home games.”

Non-vaccinated players are allowed to play this season, although the NBA has said they must be tested daily on practice and travel days and at least once – possibly more – on game days, while fully Vaccinated players will not be subject to daily testing..

However, the Knicks, Nets, and Warriors face stricter rules due to their local rules, which the NBA has told teams they don’t apply to when visiting clubs.

The Knicks are the first of the teams to say they have met the mandate.

“I am proud to say that our organization – players, coaches and staff – has been 100 percent vaccinated,” general manager Scott Perry said on Friday. “And I think the credit goes to our players as well, especially that they took this very seriously and took the responsibility of making it happen.”

Nets general manager Sean Marks said earlier this week that some players would not be eligible yet., but he was confident that everyone would be able to participate by the time the regular session began on 19 October.

Wiggins still has time, as San Francisco’s mandate won’t take effect until the middle of next month. The training camp opened from Tuesday.

The NBA has tied up with almost all parties involved in games this off-season — referees, coaches, stat-crew workers and anyone who will be close to players on or off the court in NBA arenas — to be vaccinated. Gaya.

One exception: The players themselves, along with the National Basketball Players Association, rebuke all of the NBA’s efforts to get them vaccinated. About 85% of players were vaccinated at the end of last season. Leaguewide’s figure is believed to have increased since then.

Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau credits Knicks’ medical staff for keeping the organization educated and aware of virus protocols. Perry praised the players for acting on the information provided, saying their decision to vaccinate was unrelated to any regulations.

“As an organization we are clearly following the laws and mandates for the league and state government, but a lot of it was internal, internally driven,” Perry said.

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WNN Basketball writer Tim Reynolds contributed to this report.

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