NBA Will Not Pay Unvaccinated Players Who Miss Games An NBA logo is shown at the 5th Avenue NBA store in New York City. (Jeenah Moon/Getty Images)
By Nick Koutsobinas | Wednesday, 29 September 2021 06:00 PM
On Wednesday, the NBA announced it would not pay players who are not vaccinated for their missed games.
"Any player who elects not to comply with local vaccination mandates will not be paid for games that he misses," NBA spokesman Mike Bass' statement read, according to The Hill.
The pay withholding is in reference to several COVID-19 safety protocols the league put in place on Thursday ahead of the tip-off for its new season set for Oct. 19.
Even though the safety protocols do not include a COVID-19 vaccination mandate, players who are not vaccinated will not be allowed to eat among vaccinated players, and their lockers will be located far away from vaccinated players.
Unvaccinated players will also be required to wear masks and submit to weekly COVID-19 tests, as opposed to vaccinated players who are not required.
So far, 90 percent of NBA players are fully vaccinated, but a handful, including some of the league's top players, are not. Such players include Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal and Golden State Warriors forward Andrew Wiggins. But the decision to not be vaccinated for players like Wiggins, whose home cities require vaccines for large events, could make the problem more complex.
Though the NBA tried to mandate vaccines, the National Basketball Players Association blocked the decision and cited such a policy as a "non-starter."