Andrew Wiggins has basically been forced to go against his beliefs.
The Golden State Warriors forward said days ago he would stick to his beliefs when it comes to staying unvaccinated for COVID-19, even though that decision could soon cost him playing in home games. Facing with the fact he would miss at least 41 home games, Wiggins was announced to have gotten his vaccine.
“Back is definitely against the wall, but I’m just going to keep fighting for what I believe,” Wiggins said at media day Monday. “I’m going to keep fighting for what I believe is right. What’s right to one person isn’t right to the other and vice versa.”
Wiggins declined to explain what those beliefs actually entail, saying, “It’s none of your business, that’s what it comes down to.”
Wiggins was looking at losing more than $350,000 per game, and if he didn’t play in any home games he would surrender half of his $31.6 million salary. His teammates had his back, but it’s clear that he ultimately had no choice.
The 26-year-old Wiggins, entering his eighth NBA season, averaged 18.6 points, 4.9 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.0 blocks per game last season. The Warriors’ first regular-season home game is scheduled for Oct. 21 against the Los Angeles Clippers.