Players who miss games due to being unvaccinated will also miss out on millions.
Golden State Warriors’ forward Andrew Wiggins applied for a religious exemption to avoid the vaccine but was denied, the aunt of Brooklyn Nets’ guard Kyrie Irving said the superstar scorer was going to flat-out refuse the vaccine and both Bradley Beal and Michael Porter Jr. have made it clear they are unvaccinated and uncomfortable taking the vaccine, despite both players previously contracting the virus.
Wiggins, Irving, Beal and Porter Jr. are all high-profile players and their refusal of the vaccine has blown a situation in which the NBA is, in fact, 90% vaccinted according to NBAPA president C.J. McCollum, out of proportion but has driven conversation nonetheless.
The legendary Shaquille O’Neal recently called into CBS’ Sports Radio’s Tiki and Tierney podcast, where he gave his opinion on how to handle the whole Kyrie Irving vaccination situation. Shaq spoke bluntly on what he would do if he were Irving’s teammate, as well as how he feels the Brooklyn Nets organization should react, if he remains unvaccinated. And considering Brooklyn is as much a title contender as any team, Shaq’s tone seemed more urgent than relaxed.
“I would go upstairs and say ‘get [Kyrie] up out of here. Get him up out of here,” Shaq told Tiki and Tierney on the podcast. “We can win with a two-punch and a great shooter and some rebounders, like we’ve got. Get his a** up out of here.”