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Golden State Warriors star Andrew Wiggins got the Covid-19 mRNA vaccine after the NBA denied his religious exemption.

The NBA claims it "reviewed and denied" Wiggins' request for religious exemption last month.

The 6-foot-7, 26-year-old forward told NBC Sports in March that he would not get the shot unless he was "forced to."

At the team's media day last week, Wiggins said he would continue to stand by his beliefs and reject the vaccine mandate.

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"Back is definitely against the wall, but I'm just going to keep fighting for what I believe. I'm going to keep fighting for what I believe is right. What's right to one person isn't right to the other and vice versa."

Warriors head coach Steve Kerr told reporters Wiggins received the vaccine and will be allowed to play home games.

"Andrew got vaccinated," Kerr said.

"He just told me today that he was fine with us acknowledging it and that will be the end of it. So, I'm not going to answer any questions beyond that."

Wiggins was among a small coalition of NBA players who refused to take the mRNA vaccine.

Other holdouts include the Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving, the Washington Wizards player Bradley Beal and Jonathan Issac of the Orlando Magic.

Approximately 95% of NBA players have received the first 2 doses of mRNA vaccine. It isn't clear if any players received the booster shots.

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The Golden State Warriors became the first NBA team to ban fans from attending home games due to the coronavirus outbreak.

For most people, the novel coronavirus (or Covid-19) causes only mild symptoms such as cough, headache, sore throat and low-grade fever.

The virus can cause serious illness among the elderly population, particularly those with existing health problems such as heart and respiratory problems or diabetes.

Also at risk are smokers (cigarettes, weed) or young people who vape. The reason is smoking or vaping damages the lining of the lungs, causing inefficient exchange of oxygen and C02. The lungs also express ACE2 which the virus uses to enter human cells.

So far, all of the deaths linked to the virus are elderly and chronically ill. The average age is 80.

The Warriors' ban will remain in place for the foreseeable future "due to escalating concerns about the spread of the coronavirus."

A sign posted at the entrance to Chase Center reads:

"Do not enter if in the last two (2) weeks you have:

Experienced fever, tiredness, dry cough, aches & pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat, or diarrhea; or

Travelled to any location subject to Level 1, 2, or 3 travel health notice by the CDC (such as Iran, China, Italy, South Korea, Japan, or Hong Kong).

The NCAA defended its decision to proceed with March Madness men's tournament games despite Ohio Governor Mike DeWine warning fans not to attend.

The March Madness men's basketball tournament generates over $1 billion in revenue for the NCAA. And while the NCAA is not banning fans from attending the games, local governments are stepping up efforts to avoid contamination.

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NBA superstar Kevin Durant graces the cover of the current issue of Rolling Stone magazine. Durant is the only hope for Golden State Warriors to win the 2016-17 NBA championships. Good luck with that.

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