Golden State Warriors swingman Andrew Wiggins said he felt "forced" to get the COVID-19 vaccine. Wiggins drew lots of negative attention to his name after he publicly spoke over his reluctance to take the vaccine.
The San Francisco Department of Public Health requires anyone age 12 or over to be vaccinated to attend indoor events and Wiggins was in danger of missing 41 home games. For every missed game, Wiggins wouldn't be paid and he was in danger of losing more than $15 million this season.
"The only options were to get vaccinated or not play in the NBA," Wiggins said after the Warriors' preseason opener at the Portland Trail Blazers, his first public comments since getting the shot. "It was a tough decision.
Hopefully, it works out in the long run and in 10 years I'm still healthy."
Wiggins not blaming the Warriors
"They didn't make the rule," Wiggins said. "But I guess to do certain stuff, to work, I guess you don't own your body.
That's what it comes down to. If you want to work in society today, then I guess they made the rules of what goes in your body and what you do. Hopefully, there's a lot of people out there that are stronger than me and keep fighting, stand for what they believe, and hopefully, it works out for them."
Wiggins is hoping his health won't get compromised after taking the jab. "I know a lot of people get reactions or injuries from getting the vaccination, so I don't know what it's going to do to me in 10 years," he said.
"I feel like I could go on for days about why I didn't want to get it. Most importantly, I don't know what's going to happen or what it's going to do to my body in 10, 20 years. ... But I guess it's something that had to get done."
Wiggins admitted leaving so much on the table was hard for him. "It's not really something we believe in as a family," he said. "They know that I had to. It came down to get the vaccination or don't play basketball.
I'm 26. I have two kids. I want more kids. I'm trying to do something that will generate as much money as I can for my kids and my future kids, [create] generational wealth. So, I took the gamble, took the risk, and hopefully, I'm good."