The NBA has spent the past few months trying to pressure every player to get vaccinated against COVID-19, and while the league has said 90% of players have now gotten the vaccine, there are still some holdouts.

Mike Bass, the NBA’s executive president of communications, announced this week that unvaccinated players who are forced to miss games because they are not complying with local vaccine mandates will not be paid, according to CNN.


“Any player who elects not to comply with local vaccination mandates will not be paid for games that he misses,” Bass said on Wednesday, according to ESPN.

This will mainly impact unvaccinated players on the Brooklyn Nets and the Golden State Warriors. Both New York and San Francisco require that players be vaccinated unless they have a religious exemption. If the players on these teams don’t get the vaccine, they will have no choice but to miss home games and will therefore miss out on a lot of money.

The vaccine mandates in these cities do not apply to players from other teams who compete in their arenas.

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One of the holdouts who has refused to get the vaccine is Golden State Warriors guard Andrew Wiggins.

“I’m just going to keep fighting for what I believe and for what I believe is right,” he said on Monday. “What’s right to one person isn’t right to the other and vice versa.”

SB Nation reported that Nets player Kyrie Irving, who is also unvaccinated, would miss out on about $8.9 million if he misses all his home games. Wiggins is looking at losing a similar number if he misses his.



Washington Wizards star guard Bradley Beal spoke out against the NBA’s vaccine agenda on Monday, saying that he is “not vaccinated for personal reasons.”

“I don’t think you can pressure anybody into doing things or putting things in their body,” he added, according to CBS Sports. “I would ask the question to those who are getting vaccinated, ‘why are you still getting COVID? You can still get COVID and still pass it along if vaccinated. So…”

“[The NBA] kind of force us, in a way, to want to get [the vaccine],” Beal continued. “At the end of the day [, I’ll] talk it over with my family.”

Americans everywhere should have the freedom to choose for themselves whether or not they get vaccinated, without having to worry about their jobs and livelihoods. The NBA should not be trying to mandate that players get vaccinated, as each and every player should have the chance to make that decision for themselves.