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Andrew Wiggins felt forced to get vaccinated: “I don’t know what it’s gonna do to me in 10 years.”

PHOENIX, AZ - FEBRUARY 29: Andrew Wiggins #22 of the Golden State Warriors look on during the game against the Phoenix Suns on February 29, 2020 at Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, Arizona. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2020 NBAE (Photo by Barry Gossage/NBAE via Getty Images)

After a lengthy saga denying the COVID vaccine, Warriors’ Andrew Wiggins finally received his vaccination. Due to laws in the Bay Area mandating vaccinations for indoor events, the upcoming season looked doubtful for Wiggins.

Wiggins just featured in the team’s first preseason game against Portland, where he played 16 minutes and logged 13 points. All seemed well; however, following the game, Wiggins spoke out about his concerns over the COVID vaccine, which he felt forced to take.

“I had COVID before. It wasn’t too bad. A couple years ago I had an allergic reaction. It was a scary moment. I carry an Epipen now. So I know there’s a lot of people getting reactions and injuries from getting the vaccination. Also, I dont know what it’s gonna do to me in 10 years.

Gene damage; there’s no studies on whether or not it’s gonna cause cancerous cells. I can go on for days. Why I didnt want to get it? Most importantly, I don’t know what’s gonna happen or what it’s gonna do to my body in 10, 15, or 20 years, or what it can do to my future kids.”

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Wiggins also said that he felt forced to take the vaccine.

“I feel like the only options [were] to get vaccinated or not play in the NBA. It was a tough decision. Hopefully you know, it works out in the long run and I’m still healthy in 10 years. It feels good to play, but getting vaccinated, that’s going to be something that stays in my mind a long time. It’s not something I wanted to do, but it was kinda forced.”

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Before his vaccination, Wiggins controversially spoke out against the vaccine. He cited potential side effects as his main concern despite FDA approval.

Just a few weeks ago, Wiggins remained unvaccinated. He also stated that he would only get the shots if forced. Now, it seems that he feels as if the NBA and the state of California forced him into his decision.

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 08: Andrew Wiggins #22 of the Golden State Warriors dribbles the ball up court against the Los Angeles Lakers during the second half of an NBA basketball game at Chase Center on February 08, 2020 in San Francisco, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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He previously attempted to receive a ‘religious exemption’ from the NBA, but the league denied his request. If he refused the vaccine, Wiggins would have forfeited around $9 million on the season. Not quite spare change.

The news also affects the Warriors, as they hope to bounce back from a disappointing last two seasons. With Wiggins’ decision, the team’s chances of legitimately contending only increased. He averaged 19.4 and 18.6 PPG in the past two seasons as the Warriors’ second scoring option in Klay Thompson’s absence.

Thompson tore his ACL in the 2019-2020 season. He then ruptured his Achilles the following year. As a result, he last played in the 2019 NBA Finals.

To the delight of fans, Thompson’s return should come sometime this season. For the first time, the “Splash Brothers” and Wiggins will share the court. As the season looms, the team needs all its help, and Wiggins’ decision may have more significant implications for the team’s ambitions this year.

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