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Wiggins out of Warriors home games over vaccine stance

Agence France-Presse
Wiggins out of Warriors home games over vaccine stance
Andrew Wiggins #22 of the Golden State Warriors in action against the Philadelphia 76ers at Chase Center on March 23, 2021 in San Francisco, California.
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SAN FRANCISCO — The NBA on Friday (Saturday, Manila time) denied a request from Andrew Wiggins for religious exemption from the Covid-19 vaccine, meaning the Golden State Warriors swingman will be unable to play home games for the club.

A statement said Wiggins' refusal to take the vaccine meant he would be in violation of San Francisco city health department rules which require all people attending large indoor events to be vaccinated.

Wiggins, 26, had requested an exemption from the rule on religious grounds. However that plea was rejected by the NBA.

"The NBA has reviewed and denied Andrew Wiggins' request for religious exemption from the San Francisco Department of Public Health's order requiring Covid-19 vaccination for all participants age 12 and older at large indoor events," the NBA said in a statement.

"Wiggins will not be able to play in Warriors home games until he fulfills the city's vaccination requirements."

Wiggins is one of the highest profile NBA players to publicly confirm he will not take the vaccine.

"To each his own, really. Whoever wants to get it, can get it; whoever doesn't want to get it, don't get it," Wiggins said in March.

"Right now, I'm not getting it, but it's no knock on anyone else that's getting it. I make my own decisions. But right now, I decided not to get it."

The Warriors first home game of the regular season takes place against the Los Angeles Clippers on October 21.

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