DeAndre Hopkins has vehemently spoken out against the NFL, in all essence, making Covid vaccines mandatory for all NFL players.
The pandemic is still raging on the US, and with the NFL set to host games at full capacity next year, they want to ensure that everything runs smoothly.
While the NFL can’t control fans and external forces, they can control their teams and players. Therefore, they released a memo dictating what could happen if players don’t vaccinate themselves.
Last year, the NFL repeatedly had to reschedule games due to Covid outbreaks within teams, but this is something they won’t be doing this year. As a result, the team responsible for the Covid outbreak may have to forfeit the game entirely.
Here’s more from today’s memo, which also says the team responsible for a canceled game because of an outbreak among unvaccinated players/staff will be responsible for financial losses and subject to potential discipline from the commissioner. Wow. pic.twitter.com/Q86a2WcG1K
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) July 22, 2021
DeAndre Hopkins on Twitter was very against the move, and as a result, many NFL fans took to Twitter to call him out for his stance.
NFL Fans Blast DeAndre Hopkins For Not Liking NFL Requiring Vaccines
DeAndre Hopkins was all over Twitter, blasting the NFL for imposing such a policy as he felt that it went agains the players’ rights since they couldn’t choose what to do with their bodies.
Among deleted Tweets and cryptic messages, Hopkins’ stance on the vaccine was very clear:
DeAndre Hopkins reacted to the NFL’s new memo on COVID-19 outbreaks during the season.
Teams who have a COVID-19 outbreak would be forced to forfeit games if they cannot be rescheduled.
Hopkins has since deleted his post and followed up with a new tweet saying “Freedom?” pic.twitter.com/plEQYTJ7a8
— The Athletic (@TheAthletic) July 22, 2021
Several NFL fans did not take too lightly to Hopkins’ actions. The debate between taking the vaccine and not taking it is still very prominent all over the world, and thus, defenders of the vaccine were quick to call Hopkins out for his stance.
DeAndre Hopkins literally shit & pissed all over his hotel room once but he won’t get the vaccine shot. pic.twitter.com/maFyxSQZ8I
— Barry McCockiner (@UltraWeedHater) July 22, 2021
This is a young man who has no concept of personal accountability or responsibility to his teammates or his community.
— Steve Pona (@stevepona9) July 22, 2021