Some Golden State Warriors might be dealing with a conundrum because the 2021-22 NBA season approaches.
Monte Poole of NBC Sports activities Bay Space reported Monday that unvaccinated Warriors gamers might doubtlessly lose some huge cash pursuant to the San Francisco Division of Public Well being’s new coverage governing entrance into venues such because the Chase Heart. The coverage holds that, by October 13, hosts of “indoor Mega-Occasions and Massive Indoor Occasions” should require proof of full vaccination to be proven earlier than permitting entrance into their facility. These provisions will apply to all employed employees, together with gamers, however don’t apply to gamers or performers who aren’t employed by the host.
Poole mentions Warriors swingman Andrew Wiggins as one participant who beforehand introduced his intention to keep away from all COVID-19 vaccines except he was “pressured” to take it. If Wiggins doesn’t present proof of full vaccination by Oct. 13, he shall be denied entrance to the Chase Heart for house video games. That might value him his sport examine (with a pre-tax worth of about $360,000) for each contest that he misses.
Opposing gamers, although they needn’t present proof of full vaccination, will nonetheless be topic to strict tips whereas inside the Chase Heart if they don’t present such proof. These embrace retaining six toes away from all members of the general public, giving proof of a latest unfavourable take a look at, and sporting a masks always besides when actively enjoying.
The more than likely situation is that Wiggins and the remainder of the Warriors will get absolutely vaccinated earlier than the beginning of the brand new NBA season on Oct. 21, in the event that they haven’t but completed so already. That approach they won’t jeopardize their staff’s success in addition to their very own particular person paychecks. Nonetheless, the Chase Heart will pose a novel scenario for unvaccinated gamers this season, just like we have seen in other sports.