The NBA won’t pay unvaccinated players who are forced to miss games due to local COVID-19 mandates, according to a report from ESPN.
New York City, Brooklyn, and San Francisco have vaccine requirements for indoor venues.
This means that all players of the Knicks and Nets must be vaccinated in order to participate in home games.
The Knicks Its players are all fully vaccinated.
Andrew Wiggins, who plays for the Warriors, was denied a religious exemption and said his “back is definitely against the wall.”
ESPN reported that Nets star Kyrie Irvine did not appear in person during the team’s media conference due to his vaccine status.
However, the president of the National Basketball Players Association tweeted that 90% of players in the NBA are vaccinated.
The league Tuesday released tentative health and safety protocols, which do not include a vaccine mandate.
Unvaccinated players won’t be allowed to eat together with vaccinated ones. They will also need to wear a mask indoors. They won’t be permitted to go to “high-risk” places, which includes bars and clubs.