Cole Beasley Twitter Rant In Response To NFL’s COVID-19 Protocols
“I will be outside doing what I do. I’ll be out in public. If you are scared of me then steer clear, or get vaccinated… I may die of covid, but I’d rather die actually living,” Beasley said.https://twitter.com/Bease11/status/1405971914607239172
He also claimed that several NFL players in the league take the same stance he does with the protocol but can’t speak out publicly due to where they are currently at within their NFL career.
In early March, Beasley responded to a CNN post about lifting the mask restriction for vaccinated people. He revealed how he didn’t wear a mask outdoors despite being unvaccinated. I’m sure to this day that he still isn’t wearing his mask due to the statement he released above.
If Beasley has a health condition where he feels as if he shouldn’t get the vaccine, I would understand his frustration more. But for Beasley to say, “I’d rather take my chances with Covid and build up my immunity that way.” What about all of his teammates and coaches that he could potentially put in danger due to being irresponsible.
“This isn’t about what is dangerous. Football is dangerous I still play it. I’m just saying I shouldn’t be treated differently because of it just So I’ll do what you want me to,” Beasley said.https://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/31660735/buffalo-bills-wr-cole-beasley-addresses-vaccination-concerns-nflpa
Football is a team sport. Not an individual sport like track and field. Beasley feels as if playing football shouldn’t have this many restrictions and guidelines in place. But if the league feels the COVID-19 protocols are the best way to ensure the health safety of all of their players, coaches, and staff, players can’t change that. Players don’t get the freedom to do what they want in professional sports. Players know that the minute they are drafted in the league.
The NFL isn’t requiring players to be vaccinated for this upcoming season. But they are giving unvaccinated players a sense of what their NFL experience will be like during training camp and preseason. Although these protocols haven’t been confirmed for the 2021 season, it gives players an incentive to get vaccinated.
The NFL and NFLPA agreed to allow full-vaccinated players to have fewer restrictions such as no daily testing, no travel restrictions, and the ability to interact with vaccinated friends and family. While unvaccinated players will have more restrictions such as daily testing, masks required, no use of saunas and steam rooms, and may not leave team hotels to eat at restaurants or interact with anyone outside of Team Traveling Party during team travel.
Beasley expressed his frustration in a series of tweets on June 17, the day after the protocol was released.
Cole Beasley talked with the NFLPA after the organization reached out to him after his series of tweets and came to an understanding regarding the protocols.
“Now we have spoken and are working through it. “From what I’m told these are guidelines for preseason and it’s nothing final,” Beasley said.https://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/31660735/buffalo-bills-wr-cole-beasley-addresses-vaccination-concerns-nflpa
Beasley’s response was to training camp and preseason COVID-19 protocols. If the league decides to keep the same protocols during the regular season, I am curious to see which players will be fined for refusing to follow protocol and if Beasley will be “…forced into retirement.”
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