NBA Says Unvaccinated Players Won’t Be Paid

NBA Says Unvaccinated Players Won't Be Paid

NBA Says Unvaccinated Players Won’t Be Paid!

Finally, the NBA has put its foot down with unvaccinated players who are refusing to get vaccinated… reports that all games they miss because of COVID-19 protocols in cities like New York and San Francisco, players will NOT be paid.

Mike Bass, the NBA’s executive vice president of communications, told ESPN in a statement on Wednesday:

Any player who elects not to comply with local vaccination mandates will not be paid for games that he misses.

Here are the RULES!

Players are not allowed in New York’s Barclays Center without at least one COVID-19 shot and players must be fully vaccinated to enter San Francisco’s Chase Center.

The protocols apply to players that who play for teams based in those cities, like the Brooklyn Nets and Golden State Warriors.

As for Nets Kyrie Irving, he declined to reveal his vaccination status.

ABC News reported that Warriors player Andrew Wiggins said his vaccination status was “private” last week and that his “back is definitely against the wall.”

Wiggins continued to say to ABC:

I’m just going to keep fighting for what I believe. I’m going to keep fighting for what I believe is right. What’s right to one person isn’t right to the other and vice versa.

If you recall, Wiggins’ request for a religious exemption from the vaccine was declined so he would NOT be able to play at any home games. With the new rules, Andrew will NOT get paid for all his missed games as well.

More than 90% of NBA players are vaccinated. NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has called for those still unvaccinated to be disciplined.

Additional rules for unvaccinated players include:

  • Unvaccinated players won’t be able to eat in the same room as vaccinated staff and teammates.
  • They will have separate lockers.
  • They will have to stay six feet away from other attendees at meetings
  • Un-VAXXED players will have to “remain at their residence when in their home market.”

According to the memo, they will also have to remain at hotels when they’re traveling and won’t be permitted to go to “high risk” settings like bars and restaurants, according to AP.