Listen: Why the Warriors’ Andrew Wiggins controversy was a distraction


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Andrew Wiggins having his portrait made as the Golden State Warriors held their media day for the 2021-22 season at Chase Center in San Francisco, Calif., on Monday, September 27, 2021.
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Starting Warriors small forward Andrew Wiggins initially refused to get the COVID-19 vaccine, saying his back was “against the wall.”

He risked much of his multimillion-dollar salary because of San Francisco’s indoor vaccination mandate, which would have made him ineligible to play or practice at the Chase Center. But he finally reversed his stance on Sunday.

The drama around Wiggins, though, missed the real issue, says Chronicle columnist Justin Phillips: Lack of access to health care and information in the Black community.

On this episode of the Fifth & Mission podcast, Phillips joins host Cecilia Lei to talk about Wiggins and the drama around his vaccine stance.


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