(The Post Millennial) – On Wednesday, the NBA announced that players who do not comply with local vaccine requirements would be forced to forfeit their paychecks for local games missed.
“Any player who elects not to comply with local vaccination mandates will not be paid for games that he misses,” said NBA spokesman Mike Bass.
The order would affect teams in both New York City and San Francisco, both of which have passed executive orders that require some vaccination to enter.
According to ESPN, “The order in New York, which applies to the Barclays Center, requires one COVID-19 shot. To enter San Francisco’s Chase Center, a person must be fully vaccinated,” which would affect teams playing in those arenas.
“The executive orders governing the vaccine only apply to the players who play in those markets; out-of-market players are exempted from them,” ESPN continued.
The announcement comes just one day after the conclusion of NBA Media Days, in which numerous players were questioned about their vaccination status.
In an interview on Monday, Orlando Magic player Jonathan Isaac addressed questions on his vaccine hesitancy.
“I would start with, I’ve had COVID in the past and so our understanding of antibodies of natural immunity has changed a great deal from the onset of the pandemic and is still evolving,” Isaac told reporters.
“I understand that the vaccine would help if you catch COVID and you’ll be able to have less symptoms from contracting it but with me having COVID in the past and having antibodies, with my current age group and a fitness physical fitness level, it’s not necessarily a fear of mine,” Isaac continued.
Washington Wizards player Bradley Beal responded to similar questions from the press.
“Every player, every person in his world is gonna make their own decision for themselves. I would like an explanation to, you know, people with vaccines, why are they still getting COVID?” Beal said.
“If that’s something that we are supposed to highly be protected from, like, that’s funny that, oh, it reduces your chances of going to the hospital. It doesn’t eliminate anybody from getting COVID. Right?” he continued.