Seth Udinski, FISM News
As the NBA continues its draconian crackdown of mandated vaccinations before the start of the 2021-2022 season, one of the remaining few who had previously rejected the shot was forced to receive it under the threat of losing his paycheck and possibly his job.
NBA forward Andrew Wiggins revealed that he has now received a COVID vaccination after he had previously rejected the shot and been denied a religious exemption by the league. He said that he felt “forced” into being vaccinated saying that it is something that his family doesn’t believe in.
Even though he had previously contracted the virus, his “only options were to get vaccinated or not play in the NBA.” On a much larger scale, Wiggins was faced with a choice that currently looms over thousands of Americans who must choose between their freedom to make an informed medical decision and their source of income.
Wiggins explained his decision on Monday, saying,
It’s not really something we believe in as a family. They know that I had to. It came down to get the vaccination or don’t play basketball. I’m 26. I have two kids. I want more kids. I’m trying to do something that will generate as much money as I can for my kids and my future kids….So I took a gamble…
Wiggins is one of several NBA players, along with Jonathan Isaac of the Brooklyn Nets, who had chosen not to get the shot.
Wiggins, who plays for the Golden State Warriors, was in a particularly difficult situation due to the NBA’s recently released COVID protocols. The NBA announced that unvaccinated players would be forced to forfeit their game checks if they were unable to play in games due to their vaccination status. Wiggins’ home games are played in San Francisco, and city guidelines require anyone age 12 and older to be vaccinated for indoor events.