Tuesday, October 19, 2021

NBA denies Minnesota athlete’s request for religious exemption

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According to Andrew Wiggins, a representative for the Minnesota Timberwolves, the NBA has denied his religious exemption request.

Wiggins, the first player taken in the 2015 NBA Draft, is to require four doses of the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine to stay eligible for the Minnesota Timberwolves, according to the Washington Post.

According to the NBA’s vaccination requirements, Wiggins is only allowed to stay eligible if he gets the shot within a one-year period before becoming eligible for a roster spot. His last annual physical is required to remain eligible.

“We have reached out to Andrew and agreed that he will submit the vaccination data and documentation required by the NBA,” Wolves general manager Scott Layden said in a statement to the Post. “We will discuss this with other players, and continue to educate players and staff on health and safety topics as a part of our overall wellness initiative.”

Even if Wiggins agrees to the testing, the NBA may reject his request because it is less than one-year following a vaccine and does not provide enough data, the Post reported.

Wiggins, 20, is not the first sports player to get into a dispute with the N.B.A. His Minnesota Timberwolves teammate Zach LaVine was ruled medically exempt from the vaccine last month, according to the N.B.A. All mandatory shots, including for the MMR vaccine, must be taken within 12 months after playing a previous season in the N.B.A.

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