Title-winning NBA star regrets getting Covid vaccine – Reuters
Golden State Warriors star Andrew Wiggins regrets receiving his Covid shot despite his best season which saw him make his first All-Star Game appearance and win the NBA championship for the first time.
Along with Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving, Wiggins has become a media scapegoat for considering whether or not to get his Covid shots before the 2021-22 campaign.
Failure to do so meant Irving could only play in some of the Nets’ games due to local Covid protocols, but Wiggins ultimately decided to take his shots ahead of the Warrior’s highly successful season and regrets the decision despite the central role that he played.
« I always wish I didn’t have [vaccinated]to be honest with you, » Wiggins confessed to FanSided.
« I did it, and I was All-Star this year and champion, so that was the good part, not missing out on the year, the best year of my career, » Wiggins explained.
« But for my body, I don’t like putting all that stuff in my body, so I didn’t like it and I didn’t like that it wasn’t my choice. I didn’t like that it was either Take this or don’t play. »
Wiggins tried to get a medical exemption to avoid taking his shots, but was unsuccessful.
Later, he finally gave in and claimed to have been « strength » following the line.
« The only options were to get vaccinated or not play in the NBA, » he remarked at the time.
« It feels good to play, but getting vaccinated is going to stay in my head for a long time. It’s not something I wanted to do, but I had to. »
Getting his jabs allowed Wiggins to play 73 games last season compared to Irving’s 29, and his good form puts him in a strong negotiating position while heading into the final year of the $147 million rookie extension that he won. he signed with the Minnesota Timberwolves in 2017.
Rather than test free agency, however, Wiggins would rather stay where he is in Oakland and continue with the Warriors.
« I would like to stay here » Wiggins revealed in June.
« Being here is top notch. The way they treat the players… we’re all one big family. I feel like a lot of places can say that, but they show it through their shares », Wiggins continued.
The Warriors’ title defense, which they beat the Boston Celtics 4-2 in a best-of-seven series, begins when the NBA regular season resumes on October 19.