The NBA warned players unvaccinated for COVID-19 that they will not be paid for games they miss because of local mandates regarding vaccine requirements.
“Any player who elects not to comply with the local vaccination mandate will not be paid for games he or she misses,” Mike Bass, the NBA’s executive vice president of communications, said in a statement on Wednesday.
For example, players of the Golden State Warriors or Brooklyn Nets who are not vaccinated may lose a significant portion of their salary because they will not be able to play home games. Because of New York City’s vaccine mandate, anyone entering Barclays Center in Brooklyn must show proof of COVID-19 vaccination, while San Francisco’s Chase Center has a mandate that only vaccinated people can enter.
The Warriors’ Andrew Wiggins was reportedly denied a religious exemption for the vaccine. That means he won’t be able to play the Warriors’ home games until he meets the vaccination mandate handed down last month by the city of San Francisco.
“I will keep fighting for what I believe in,” Wiggins, who earns about $32 million a year, told reporters this week. “I will fight for what I believe is right. What is right for one person is not right for another and vice versa.”
Meanwhile, Nets superstar Kyrie Irving could also face a hefty financial penalty. While Irving has not publicly confirmed his vaccination status, he did not appear with Nets teammates and staff during a media day event at Barclays Center, which requires the vaccine, and he instead called on a Zoom call. opted to answer the questions through
“That doesn’t mean I’m putting any limits on my future joining the team,” Irving, vice president of the National Basketball Players Association, told reporters on Monday. . He also requested confidentiality when pressed on the status of vaccination.
“But as of now, please respect my privacy about home games, what’s going on, vaccinations, please,” he also said.
Orlando Magic forward Jonathan Isaacs, who suggested during remarks this week that he may not have been vaccinated, gave a lengthy reply about why he is against the vaccine mandate. Isaacs said he had previously contracted COVID-19 and cited research showing that already infected individuals have stronger protection from the virus.
“I only believe that it should be everyone’s individual right to decide on vaccination status without coercion, without being bullied, without being forced to do so,” Isaacs told reporters. “I think any other way for it is unjust.”
Isaac continued: “With me having COVID first and our understanding of how anti-bodies and natural immunity are still growing – and have changed significantly since the start of the pandemic – taking the vaccine may reduce my chances of having severe symptoms. If I were to catch Covid.”
“But given the fact that I have had COVID before, I have antibodies… [given] my age group, my current physical fitness level, [COVID] I don’t necessarily have to be afraid.”
This News Originally From – The Epoch Times