Buffalo Bills WR Cole Beasley made headlines after he publically said that he did not intend on getting vaccinated and “live my one life like I want to regardless.” And after receiving sharp backlash, the wideout put out a statement to explain his reasoning.
The NFL sent a memo to all 32 teams Wednesday outlining new COVID protocols for 2021 training camps. The protocols, agreed upon by the NFL and the NFL Players Association, give vaccinated players the freedom to return to a more normal work environment while unvaccinated players will continue to be subject to stringent testing and fines if they violate protocols.
Dr. Allen Sills, the NFL’s chief medical officer, told clubs last month that players, coaches and staff who get the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine need to get the first shot no later than the week of June 7 to achieve full vaccination status by the start of training camp in late July.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) June 4, 2021
And amidst the new policy, Beasley questioned whether anyone will fight for the players.
Cole Beasley took to Twitter to explain his reasons.
“I will be outside doing what I do,” he wrote in a statement posted to social media. “I’ll be out in the public. If your (sic) 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 to see me and stay at my house then they are coming regardless of protocol. I don’t play for the money anymore. My family has been taken care of. Fine me if you want. My way of living and my values are more important to me than a dollar. 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.
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— Cole Beasley (@Bease11) June 18, 2021
On Thursday, Beasley aired complaints about the league’s updated Covid-19 protocols for training camp and the preseason. Beasley called the NFLPA a “joke” and asked if anyone will “fight for the players”.
Cole Beasley’s vaccination status may prove to be a problem through the season, especially with most other players get vaccinated and having in-person meetings.