Yesterday Steve Kerr put an end to an issue that has drawn a queue by making public that Andrew Wiggins will agree to be vaccinated against COVID-19. The player had been one of the most representative voices of the anti-vaccine trend, to which he adhered out of fidelity to his own beliefs. The Warriors and the league in general have one less problem, but if any of them expected this decision to stem from an awareness, the forward has been quick to deny it. “It’s not something I want to do.” declares the player before ESPN.
The most logical reason to explain his change in behavior is closely related to the economic. As a member of an organization based in the state of San Francisco, Wiggins could not play his home games without being vaccinated. This entailed the resignation of his salary in these meetings, losing a figure close to $ 340,000 for each one. Losing almost half of the 31 million dollars that he will collect in the 2021-22 course was unfeasible, despite the fact that he wields other causes. “I felt that the alternative to getting vaccinated was not playing in the NBA. They have not made the rule public, but I suppose that to perform certain activities your own body does not belong to you. I hope there are people braver than me who can continue to fight for what they believe in.
Until now, Wiggins had protected himself in the privacy of his opinions, but in the last hours we have been able to find out what were the real reasons for not getting vaccinated. “I know of many people who have had reactions after being vaccinated. I don’t know what it can do to me in ten years, maybe genetic damage. There are no studies on whether this can cause the appearance of cancer cells. ‘
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