No vaccine, no game in San Francisco.
Golden State winger Andrew Wiggins, 26, who refuses to be vaccinated against Covid-19, will not be able to play his team's home games next season, as the NBA on Friday rejected his exemption request for religious motive.
"The NBA has reviewed and denied Andrew Wiggins' request for a religious exemption, with the San Francisco Department of Public Health order requiring people aged 12 and older to be vaccinated in order to participate in events. large crowds indoors, ”said the body in a statement.
"Wiggins will therefore not be able to play the home matches of the Warriors until he fulfills this condition", concluded the NBA, believing that his presence would constitute a violation of the rules of this local authority.
Like the city of San Francisco, that of New York imposed the same measure.
Regarding Knicks and Brooklyn Nets players.
Daily tests on training days
Unvaccinated basketballers will be able to play this season - where cities allow - but according to NBA protocols, they will need to be tested daily on training, travel and game days.
Fully vaccinated players will not be subject to daily testing.
The 26-year-old Wiggins is one of the most prominent players in the NBA to publicly affirm his refusal to be vaccinated.
“Everyone has their own thing, really.
Whoever wants to be vaccinated can be vaccinated, whoever does not want to be vaccinated does not get vaccinated, ”he said in March.
“For now, I am not getting vaccinated but this is not a criticism of those who get vaccinated.
I make my own decisions.
And at the moment, I decided not to do it, ”he added.
The Warriors' regular season opener will be against the Los Angeles Clippers on October 21.