Golden State Warrior and NBA Champion Andrew Wiggins Regrets COVID-19 Vaccination

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Golden State Warriors forward Andrew Wiggins regrets receiving a COVID-19 vaccine in the 2021-2022 season despite later winning. NBA championship and an All-Star nomination, he said.

This week, Wiggins expressed his regret in an interview with sports website FanSided.

“I still wish that I not received [vaccinated], to be honest with you,” the 27-year-old All-Star told FanSided’s Mark Karman. “But you have to do what you have to.”

Andrew Wiggins of the Golden State Warriors holds the Larry O'Brien championship trophy during the 2022 Victory Parade on June 20, 2022 at the Chase Center in San Francisco, California.

Andrew Wiggins of the Golden State Warriors holds the Larry O’Brien championship trophy during the 2022 Victory Parade on June 20, 2022 at the Chase Center in San Francisco, California.
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Wiggins acknowledged that this was the best season of his 8-year career and that he was able to play within NBA rules and safety regulations in the first place because he was vaccinated.

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“I did it and I was an All-Star this year and a champion, so it was good to just not miss out on a year, the best year of my career,” he said during an interview.

But he has expressed caution that the NBA is “forcing” him to get the vaccine.

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NBA Finals: Golden State Warriors Andrew Wiggins in action, defending against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden.
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Wiggins added: “But for my body, I just don’t like to put on it’s all 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 getting it or not playing it.”

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Throughout the NBA season, Wiggins vehemently resisted the vaccination requirement and applied for a religious exemption. However, he was turned down and ended up being vaccinated in order to play.

No. 30 Stephen Curry and No. 22 Andrew Wiggins of the Golden State Warriors embrace after Game 6 of the 2022 NBA Finals, June 16, 2022, at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.

No. 30 Stephen Curry and No. 22 Andrew Wiggins of the Golden State Warriors embrace after Game 6 of the 2022 NBA Finals, June 16, 2022, at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.
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After this decision, Wiggins led his team to the championship and arguably became Golden State’s second most valuable player throughout the championship – behind only Finals MVP Steph Curry – Averaged 18.3 points and 8.8 rebounds per game in the NBA Finals.

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During a separate interview with Fox News Digital, Wiggins said he loves the Golden State organization and is proud to play under coach Steve Kerr.

“Steve [Kerr] great coach. “Player Coach,” Wiggins said, “He will help everyone succeed. He instills confidence in his players and when you’re on the court he lets you play your game. Whatever your game is, he lets you play it.”

Andrew Wiggins of the Golden State Warriors poses for a portrait with Larry O'Brien's championship trophy after winning Game 6 of the 2022 NBA Finals on June 16, 2022 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.

Andrew Wiggins of the Golden State Warriors poses for a portrait with Larry O’Brien’s championship trophy after winning Game 6 of the 2022 NBA Finals on June 16, 2022 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.
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“He keeps his team motivated. He stands behind his team and makes everyone accountable,” Wiggins said. “I love Golden State. I love this organization. They treat me and my family so well. I like it”.

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Andrew Wiggins of the Golden State Warriors dribbles against the Boston Celtics during Game 5 of the 2022 NBA Finals on June 13, 2022 at the Chase Center in San Francisco, California.

Andrew Wiggins of the Golden State Warriors dribbles against the Boston Celtics during Game 5 of the 2022 NBA Finals on June 13, 2022 at the Chase Center in San Francisco, California.
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2022-23 is the final year of Wiggins’ contract with the team, although he is eligible for an extension.

Fox News Joe Morgan contributed to this report.