WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Buffalo Bills wide receiver Cole Beasley does not plan to get a COVID-19 vaccine and threatens that he will not follow NFL’s new protocol.
- The NFL and NFLPA adopted a rule that requires unvaccinated players to stay clear of people.
- Unvaccinated Beasley on Friday tweeted: “I may die of covid, but I’d rather die actually living.”
Buffalo Bills wide receiver Cole Beasley said that he is not going to get a COVID-19 vaccine and threatened to defy NFL protocol for players.
The NFL player shared this statement on Twitter on Friday: “Hi, I’m Cole Beasley and I’m not vaccinated,” “I will be outside doing what I do. I’ll be out in the public. If your scared of me then steer clear, or get vaccinated. Point. Blank. Period.”
“I may die of covid, but I’d rather die actually living. I have family members whose days are numbered. If they want to come see me and stay at my house then they are coming regardless of protocol,” he added.
Earlier this month, the NFL and the NFL Players Association adopted new COVID-19 guidance that would lift most restrictions for players who have been inoculated.
Players who are fully vaccinated will be allowed to enjoy meals as a team, leave hotels when traveling to interact with fans and others, go to media activities, and use saunas and steam rooms, The Hill reported.
But those who have not received the vaccine will not be permitted to participate in any of those activities. Additionally, they will undergo dailyCOVID-19 testing, wear masks and practice social distancing.
According to USA Today, these guidelines are presently being applied to summer training camps for players and preseason games.
Health experts have repeatedly urged all Americans to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
Beasley also said that he doesn’t “play for the money anymore,” challenging the league to “fine me if you want” for violating safety protocols.
“My way of living and my values are more important to me than a dollar,” he said. “I love my teammates and enjoy playing ball because all the outside bs goes out the window in these moments. I just want to win the Super Bowl and enjoy these relationships that will be created along the way.”
“I’ll play for free this year to live life how I’ve lived it from day one,” the wide receiver added. “If I’m forced into retirement, so be it.”
Source: The Hill