Buffalo Bills wide receiver Cole Beasley railed against the NFL’s new and very rigid COVID-19 protocols for training camp and the preseason. Beasley proclaimed that he is prepared to walk away from the NFL, “My values are more important to me than a dollar.”
The NFL and NFL Players Association agreed upon new COVID-19 protocols, which are far more critical of unvaccinated players than those who are fully vaccinated. Unvaccinated players will face daily COVID-19 tests, must wear a mask in the team facility and during travel, and are barred from leaving the hotel to eat at a restaurant. First violations of the NFL’s COVID-19 protocols can result in a $50,000 fine.
Some NFL players voiced their displeasure with the new restrictions as well as the NFLPA. One of the more outspoken players against the strict rules is Beasley, who on Thursday called the restrictions “crazy” and said the NFLPA is a “joke.”
There was a swift backlash to Beasley’s opinions on the NFL’s COVID-19 rules, to which he responded to his critics with an even more powerful stance against the new restrictions.
Beasley began his response captioned by declaring, “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 (you’re) scared of me, then steer clear, or get vaccinated. Point. Blank. Period,” he tweeted on Friday. “I may die of COVID, but I’d rather die actually living.”
“I have family members whose days are numbered,” Beasley said in response to the NFL’s rules that prohibit players from having more than 15 people at their home,” Beasley added. “If they want to come and see me and stay at my house then they are coming regardless of protocol.”
Public Service Announcement pic.twitter.com/XjQicdvnKm
— Cole Beasley (@Bease11) June 18, 2021
Fellow Bills receiver Isaiah McKenzie reacted to Beasley’s impassioned message, “I see you out there fighting brotha love it.”
A @Bease11 I see you out there fighting brotha love it 😄✊🏽
— Isaiah McKenzie (@_IsaiahMcKenzie) June 18, 2021
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