Golden State Warriors forward Andrew Wiggins has finally received his COVID-19 vaccine and will be eligible to play in home games after running the risk of losing $8.9 million in salary due to a local San Francisco mandate.
Warriors coach Steve Kerr made the announcement to reporters Sunday after practice as the team prepared to travel to Portland to play its first preseason game.
Wiggins faced the possibility of not being allowed into Golden State’s home building at Chase Center for games starting October 13 when the San Francisco Department of Public Health begins requiring proof of vaccination for large indoor events.
The NBA announced last week that players who missed games due to local vaccine mandates in San Francisco and New York would forfeit salary. In total, Wiggins stood to lose $8.9 million, according to former Brooklyn Nets assistant general manager and ESPN salary cap expert Bobby Marks.
On Monday at media day, Wiggins had said he would stick to his beliefs regarding the vaccine but noted: ‘Back is definitely against the wall, but I’m just going to keep fighting for what I believe. I’m going to keep fighting for what I believe is right. What’s right to one person isn’t right to the other and vice versa.’
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SOURCE: Daily Mail – Alex Raskin, Associated Press