Warriors’ Wiggins says he regrets taking COVID vaccine

If becoming an All-Star for the first time, winning an NBA title, and rehabbing your image out of the toilet aren’t enough to convince you that getting a shot is worth it, nothing ever will.

Warriors forward Andrew Wiggins has done all of those things this season. But even acknowledging that none of this would have been possible without first taking a COVID-19 vaccine, he still regrets getting vaccinated.

“I still wish I didn’t get it,” he said at the end of an otherwise lighthearted interview with FanSided.

“I did it, and I was an All-Star this year and a champion, so that was the good part, not missing out on the year, the best year of my career,” he added. . “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 is referring to a slow-running controversy that threatened to derail the Warriors’ season before it even started. Local San Francisco regulations required all players to be vaccinated to play at home, and Wiggins was revealed as the only unvaccinated warrior in September. After spending a week making it very clear that he didn’t want to get vaccinated, Wiggins reluctantly took the single-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine just before the start of the season.

It was a lucrative move for Wiggins, who had by far the best season of his career and is now closing in on a huge payday for it. (And that’s not to mention the obvious benefits of vaccination for him and everyone around him.)

And the Kyrie Irving saga in Brooklyn proved how untenable it was for a key player in an NBA contender to be partially or fully unavailable instead of getting a shot. The Nets initially banned Irving, even though he would have been eligible for road games. His stance at least partly led to James Harden asking for a trade, blasting the Nets out of the superteam before they even started.

Although teammates like Andre Iguodala and Draymond Green have defended his position on the vaccine, the most important warriors have made it clear that Wiggins should get vaccinated. “Acceptable is a strong word,” said Steph Curry when asked about Wiggins’ initial refusal. “It’s not ideal.”

Perhaps that is the beauty of a mandate. It doesn’t care about hearts and minds and strictly affects wallets and access. Wiggins would have lost about $15 million if he had missed every Warriors home game, and more if the Dubs banned him Nets-style. That’s before you factor in the huge contract he earned with his game this year.

The entire interview is worth watching, if only for the dramatic transition after Wiggins’ anti-vaccine comments. After Wiggins explains he wishes he didn’t get the shot, the stunned interviewer responds with, “You picked the hoop, at the end of the day,” then asks Wiggins about an orthodontic product he endorses .

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