Golden State Warriors forward Andrew Wiggins has received his COVID-19 vaccine and will be eligible to play in all games.
The Warriors said coach Steve Kerr made the announcement to reporters on Sunday after practice before the team traveled to Portland to play their first preseason game.
On Monday media day, Wiggins had said he would stick to his beliefs about the vaccine, but noted: “The back is definitely against the wall, but I will continue to fight for what I believe. I will continue to fight because what I believe is right, what is right for one is not for the other and vice versa.
The NBA had said it had “considered and rejected” Wiggins ‘request for religious exemption and that he would not be able to play in Warriors’ home games until he fulfilled the vaccination mandate. Anyone 12 years of age or older is required to show proof of vaccination to attend indoor events at the Chase Center, and this post is on the Warriors website for fans.
Wiggins declined to explain what those beliefs really implied, saying, “It’s none of your business, that’s what it is.”
“It’s my problem, not yours,” he said on Monday.
Wiggins, 26, entering his eighth NBA season, averaged 18.6 points, 4.9 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.0 versus last season.
The Warriors’ regular-season home game opener is scheduled for Oct. 21 against the Los Angeles Clippers.