A NBA champion has come forward and said that he regrets getting the COVID-19 vaccine. Andrew Wiggins earlier claimed that only he had obtained the COVID-19 vaccination in his family because “it’s not really something we believe in.”
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Andrew Wiggins, a forward for the Golden State Warriors and the 2021–2022 NBA Champion, made the claim that he regretted taking the COVID-19 vaccine.
“I still wish I didn’t get it (the vaccinate), to be honest with you,” Wiggins, 27, told FanSided this week.
The COVID-19 vaccination regulations in San Francisco, according to Wiggins, would only allow him to participate last season if he had the shot. He resisted getting the shot all season long and asserted his right to a religious exemption, but in the end, his request was granted, and he was forced to get the shot in October in order to continue playing.
He mentioned getting the shot and stated, “I did it.” Wiggins continued, “And I was an All-Star this year and champion, so that was the good part, just not missing out on the year, the best year of my career,” although he claimed that he was forced to take the shot against his will.
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“But for my body, I just don’t like putting all that stuff in my body, so I didn’t like that. … It wasn’t my choice. I didn’t like that it was either get this or don’t play,” Wiggins said.
Wiggins earlier claimed that only he had obtained the COVID-19 vaccination in his family because “it’s not really something we believe in.”
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For the most of the season, Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving was unable to represent his team in home games because he refused to receive the vaccination. The city’s vaccination mandate for athletes was scaled back a few months ago by New York City Mayor Eric Adams, allowing him to participate in his sport.
“I can really say that I stood firm on what I believed in, what I wanted to do with my body,” Irving told ESPN earlier this year. “I think that should be not just an American right, I think that should be a human right.”
Irving added that “I was called so many different names. … It was part of a struggle of mine to look at the season, a game that I love—my job.”
“I can’t even keep calling it a game, it’s my job—[for] that to be stripped away based on a mandate or something that was in place,” he said.
Jonathan Isaac of the Orlando Magic likewise refused the shot, saying that “it felt forced.”
“Viewing it, it seemed forced,” Isaac said during an interview. “It seemed that there was so much pressure in doing it. I don’t see the wisdom in putting something into my body that’s not going to stop me from getting the virus or transmitting it. That is why I decided to be the only player on my team to not get vaccinated.”