Leagues and Governing Bodies

Sources: NBA players 90% fully vaccinated ahead of camp

Nets G Kyrie Irving is reported to be unvaccinated, meaning he could miss all 41 of his team’s home games due to N.Y. vaccination requirementsNBAE/Getty Images

The NBA has 90% of its players "currently fully vaccinated," with player vaccination rates "rising as training camps open next week," according to sources cited by The Athletic's Shams Charania (TWITTER.com, 9/23). FOX SPORTS' Yaron Weitzman notes somewhere between 50 and 70 NBA players "remain unvaccinated, an average of more than two per squad." The NBA several weeks ago informed its teams that, "due to local vaccination requirements," unvaccinated members of the Knicks, Nets and Warriors would "be prohibited from playing or practicing in their home arenas 'without providing proof of at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccination unless they have an approved medical or religious exemption.'" The regulation does not "apply to visiting players." That would mean that "any player on one of those rosters who refused vaccination would miss all 41 of his team’s home games unless he received one of these approved exemptions." One player who "could be affected" is Nets G Kyrie Irving. League sources have said that Irving has "yet to receive a vaccine shot." The NBA is not "taking measures as drastic as in New York City and San Francisco," but it has "made clear that it intends to implement rules that encourage unvaccinated players to get vaccinated" (FOXSPORTS.com, 9/23).

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