Golden State Warriors forward Andrew Wiggins recently made it clear he wished he did not get the Covid-19 vaccine that was required for him to compete in the NBA the past year.
Wiggins spoke with FanSided’s Mark Carman who asked him about what went into his decision to get vaccinated.
The NBA champion responded, “I still wish I didn’t get it, to be honest with you. But you gotta do what you gotta do.”
“I did it and you know I was an All-Star this year and champion so that was the good part just not missing out on the year, best year of my career, but for my body I just like putting all that stuff in my body. And I didn’t like that it wasn’t my choice. I didn’t like that. It was either get this or don’t play.”
Wiggins did indeed have a career year that ended with him and the Golden State Warriors winning the NBA Championship by defeating the Boston Celtics 4 games to 2.
Wiggins played 73 games where he averaged 17.2 points per game, 4.5 rebounds per game, and 2.2 assists per game. In the playoffs, he scored an average of 16.5 points per game, 7.5 rebounds per game, and 1.8 assists per game.
He had his best playoff performance in Game 5 against Boston where he scored 26 points, had 13 rebounds, and 1 assist. His performance would help the Warriors defeat the Celtics 104-94.
Wiggins previously expressed that he was forced into getting the vaccine in order to play in the NBA when he addressed the media on his decision to get vaccinated back in October 2021.
He said, “I feel like the only options was to get vaccinated or not play in the NBA. It was a tough decision. Hopefully, it works out in the long run and 10 years I’m still healthy.”
Wiggins would later tell the media, “It feels good to play, but, you know, getting vaccinated that’s going to be something that stays in my mind for a long time. That’s not something I wanted to do, but I was kind of forced.”
“To do certain stuff, to work, and all that, I guess you don’t own your body,” Wiggins said. “That’s what it comes down to. You want to work in society today, I guess they make the rules of what goes in your body and what you do. And hopefully there’s a lot of people out there that are stronger than me and keep fighting and stand for what they believe and hopefully it works out for them.”
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