Basketball: Second ANBL club releases player over anti-vax stance, as Illawarra Hawks part ways with American import

Another Australian NBL club has parted ways with a player over refusal to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

Illawarra Hawks have cut American guad Travis Trice from their roster for the upcoming season, with both parties agreeing to terminate the 28-year-old's contract.

"We fully respect Travis' views and freedom of choice in regards to the vaccine," says Hawks president and co-owner Dorry Kordahi. 

"But being unvaccinated was going to result in numerous challenges, especially as we are still firmly in the midst of the pandemic.

"We wish Travis all the best, but have immediately turned our attention to a replacement."

Trice was yet to feature in the ANBL for the Hawks after signing from Turkish side Galatasaray in July, but played the 2017/18 season with Brisbane Bullets.

This week, NZ Breakers parted ways with star guard Tai Webster over his refusal to have the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.

Webster's older brother, Corey, also came under fire for tweeting misinformation on the COVID vaccine, after he too left the Breakers by mutual consent.

The Victorian State Government has released strict COVID-19 protocols that limit activities within its borders to fully vaccinated people.  

Those protocols mean unvaccinated players are unable to play in Victoria, where two ANBL teams are based.