The NBA has rejected the Golden State Warriors player Andrew Wiggins’ request for a religious exemption from the coronavirus vaccine required in San Francisco to attend major indoor events, including Warriors home games.
The league decision complicates the matter for the team and Wiggins, a 26-year-old forward who was first in the draft in 2014. He said in March he had no plans to vaccinate unless forced. ..
The ruling means that unless Wiggins is vaccinated, he will be barred from participating in home games in San Francisco, where his team is based. The city last month mandated that people show that they were vaccinated to attend a large indoor event. If the Covid-19 test is negative, it is not enough.
“Wiggins can’t play in the Warriors’ home game until he meets the city’s vaccination requirements,” said the NBA. statement On Twitter on Friday.
It was unclear on what basis Mr Wiggins applied for religious exemption on Saturday.
The NBA does not currently require players to be vaccinated against Covid-19, and player unions strongly oppose such rules. Unvaccinated players are allowed to play this season, but must be submitted for daily testing. The league said this month that it would require referees to vaccinate under an agreement with a union representing the referees.
New York and San Francisco local ordinances require New York Knicks, Brooklyn Nets, and Golden State Warriors athletes to face stricter rules and be vaccinated unless exempted for medical or religious reasons. ..
Mr. Wiggins from Toronto may be allowed to play most road games, but may not be allowed to play against Knicks and Netz. Last month, New York City began requiring vaccination certification for admission to many indoor venues, including stadiums and sports arenas.
The new NBA season is set to begin next month, with the Warriors’ first home game, the Preseason Matchup, taking place on October 6th at Chase Center. The team will play 44 games during October, including three during the preseason. And April.
The Warriors representative did not respond to a request for comment on Saturday afternoon.