Basketball star Andrew Wiggins and his management team reportedly have informed the NBA that he was not vaccinated before joining the Minnesota Timberwolves. Wiggins, last year’s No 2 overall draft pick, allegedly received no vaccinations on his years of foreign tour before joining the team.
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The Parents Project on Vaccination, a non-profit that receives donations from medical professionals, claimed that the procedure was subject to a religious exemption.
“Childhood vaccines are a simple and safe way to protect American children and families from disease,” the project’s board of directors said in a statement. “Taking other forms of immunizations might protect a child from some disease, but we don’t know the long-term effects of these approaches. There’s no scientific basis to believe that a religious exemption to vaccines has a better or safer effect than vaccinating a child.”
Wiggins is now facing an embarrassing rebuke from a team he had hoped to play for next season.
“We are not aware of the facts regarding Mr Wiggins’ flu shots,” the NBA wrote in a statement. “All players are required to be vaccinated against the flu and/or tetanus. We urge players and their teams to check the instructions provided on the NBA’s website before traveling outside the country and immunize before the season begins.”
The logistics of a religious exemption might complicate other players’ year-round health.
One of Wiggins’ representatives, Sam Fischer, denied the Timberwolves’ version of events.
Andrew Wiggins (@WigginsBball) I was sent this article to clear things up…not true at all. Stay tuned. pic.twitter.com/jfPJvRcqJR
In addition to vaccines, Wiggins has also faced scrutiny for his post-game entrance into the home of a prominent local American Indian Indian, after this season, the NBA said he would not be playing a game at that community’s arena, as he did previously.
While health remains a major factor as the NBA weighs Wiggins’ potential long-term suitability, other decisions indicate he is going to court teams from Minnesota to San Antonio. He announced that he was entering the draft last year.