After several days of speculation, Andrew Wiggins finally decided to get vaccinated so he can be available for all of the Golden State Warriors' 42 home games.
Even if he claimed that money wasn't an issue, losing nearly $16 million over his decision took a lot of guts. Eventually, he claimed that he did it for the game and that hopes that other people are stronger than him.
Controversial for some, honest and respectable for others, here's a compilation of Wiggins' key takeaways from getting the vaccine:
“I guess to do certain stuff, to work, I guess you don’t own your body. That’s what it comes down to.” Wiggins said, as quoted by Nick Friedell of ESPN. “If you want to work in society today then I guess [city govt./NBA] made the rules of what goes in your body and what you do."
"I feel the only options were to get vaccinated or not play in the NBA. It was a tough decision. Hopefully, it works out in the long run. 10 years, I'm still healthy," Wiggins said, as quoted by Connor Letourneau of the San Francisco Chronicle.
“It’s not something I wanted to do. But I was kind of forced into it. … I guess to do certain stuff and to work, you don’t own your body. Hopefully there’s people who are stronger than me and keep fighting for what they believe in," Wiggins added, as per Sean Highkin of Bleacher Report. " I had a bad reaction a few years to Tylenol and since then I haven’t wanted to take anything. Let stuff heal naturally. … In this case, I had covid and it wasn’t that bad. I didn’t want to take the chance. I don’t know if it causes cancer or anything like that.”
Warriors fans and his teammates alike must be thrilled to know that he'll be available for the whole season.
Wiggins has made great strides as a defender and was a solid X-factor for the Warriors last season. And with their championship aspirations for next year, they just couldn't afford to have him sitting out half of the year.