"The NBA is upping its pressure on the 'vaccine hesitant' and resistors in the league, unveiling a new policy Wednesday of withholding pay for any unvaccinated players who miss games due to local mandates.
'Any player who elects not to comply with local vaccination mandates will not be paid for games that he misses,' NBA spokesman Mike Bass said in new Wednesday statements. It comes after New York and San Francisco passed vax mandate executive orders, bringing into question whether unvaccinated players for the Brooklyn Nets and Golden State Warriors can still play.
Specifically the venues for games are requiring proof of the Covid-19 shot in order to enter the arena. This impacts players entering Barclays Center in Brooklyn and San Francisco's Chase Center.
The season is set to start on Oct.19 and the announcement is part of a series of pandemic protocol measures unveiled by the league, which mostly focus on social distancing in locker rooms - which will be spaced out - and masking up during team meetings.
Additionally, while vaccinated players will have to submit to only one Covid test per week, unvaccinated players will have to undergo tests more frequently...
Controversially, the National Basketball Players Association successfully thwarted plans by the NBA to impose a blanket vaccine mandate over all players, calling it a 'non-starter'.
Absurdly, media outlets like CNN are actually going after players who are merely 'withholding vaccination status' amid a general smear campaign which some prominent athletes have begun pushing back against."
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