A massive majority of NBA gamers have acquired the COVID-19 vaccine. Some, like Karl-Anthony Cities—who not solely caught the virus in January, he watched it kill his mom, uncle, and 5 different members of his household—had been early advocates for getting vaccinated. Others, like LeBron James, initially held out earlier than receiving the vaccine within the identify of teamwork.
However there are nonetheless a number of gamers all through the league who’re both unvaccinated or will not share their vaccination standing. And it may price a few of them some huge cash—most notably Kyrie Irving of the Brooklyn Nets and Andrew Wiggins of the Golden State Warriors.
Each San Francisco and New York Metropolis handed govt orders in latest weeks mandating vaccination to enter sure buildings. A individual should be totally vaccinated to enter San Francisco’s Chase Heart, house of the Golden State Warriors. The Barclays Heart in New York requires one COVID-19 shot.
The principles would affect solely gamers in these markets. Out-of-state guests have exemptions, so the vaccination necessities do not apply to them.
Marc Spears reported Wiggins was requested concerning the cash he may probably lose, with Wiggins replying that was his drawback, not the media’s. Bobby Marks followed up noting that Wiggins would forfeit $8.9 million if he missed all 41 house video games.
In the meantime, Yahoo! Sports reports Irving would lose $425,000 for every sport he misses that is performed in New York — all 41 Nets video games and two street video games with the New York Knicks. Since Irving additionally performs within the New York market, these video games depend as de facto house video games. Each participant on the Knicks is vaccinated.
All instructed, Irving would forfeit near $18 million if he misses the complete season. He did not take part within the group’s media day on Monday on account of being unvaccinated.
It is completely attainable each Wiggins and Irving have both gotten vaccinated or select to take action earlier than the season begins. However proper now, it is wanting like they’re keen to surrender some huge cash to remain unvaccinated.