Warriors star Andrew Wiggins, who had long been a holdout against complying with getting the COVID-19 vaccine, reportedly relented over the weekend and got the shot.
“Andrew got vaccinated,” Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr said after his team’s practice on Sunday, according to The Hill. “He just told me today that he was fine with us acknowledging it, and that will be the end of it. I’m not going to answer any questions beyond that.”
Kerr went on to say that 100% of his team is now vaccinated and that moving forward, he wants to focus on their games rather than on things happening off the court.
“I’m not answering any of those questions,” Kerr said. “We’re done. It’s happened. That’s all anybody needs to know. We can talk about practice or games.”
Had he not gotten the vaccine, Wiggins would have been banned from playing in his team’s home games due to city regulations in San Francisco, which would have cost him millions of dollars. Last Monday, Wiggins took issue with reporters who asked him if he was vaccinated, indicating his vaccination status was none of their business.
“It’s my problem,” he said at the time, according to ESPN. “Not yours.”
“I’m just going to keep all that private right now. … Anything that has to do with my status, vaccination, I’m going to keep it personal, private,” Wiggins went on to add, according to The Athletic. “Back is definitely against the wall. I’m gonna keep fighting for what I believe. What’s right to one person isn’t right to the other and vice versa.”
San Jose Mercury News reported that Wiggins then compared the criticisms he’s received for his vaccination status to criticizing someone’s parenting skills.
“Some people shed their beliefs onto their children; some people let their children grow up and believe what they want to believe,” Wiggins said. “Who are you guys that I have explain what I believe, or you know, what’s right or what’s wrong in my mind? We are two totally different people. What you think is not what I think; what I think is not what you think.”
“I’ll say something when I’m ready. The only thing the media has done it make it bigger than it has to be,” he added. “I’ll say my side of everything when I’m ready.”
It’s a shame that Wiggins was effectively bullied into getting this vaccine by his coach, the NBA, and his city. He should have been free to decide whether or not to get vaccinated himself, without having to worry about his job and livelihood based on what he chose to do.