Cole Beasley Says Players Need ‘Proper Knowledge’ on Vaccines: ‘I’m Neither Anti or Pro Vax’ In a statement released Wednesday, Bills wide receiver Cole Beasley attempted to explain why he hasn’t taken the COVID-19 vaccine, saying that he believes NFL players don’t have all of the pertinent information.
He also expressed dissatisfaction with the league’s modified COVID-19 protocols, which handle vaccinated and unvaccinated players differently.
“I’m neither anti-vax nor pro-vax.”
“I’m a pro-choice person,” Beasley stated in a statement released on Wednesday.
“The problem here is that information is being kept from players in order for them to be persuaded in a direction with which they may not be comfortable.”
“There should be complete transparency regarding information when dealing with a player’s health and safety.
We need to know that we are fully informed and that people who are in a position to assist us will always do so based on our unique circumstances.” Here’s the rest of the statement: “Without all of the necessary information, a player can feel confused and unsure of a very personal decision,” Beasley wrote about immunizations.
“That makes a player feel unprotected, and it raises questions about future themes surrounding health and our capacity to make smart judgments,” Beasley noted in June.
“If you’re afraid of me, stay away.”
“Period,” Beasley said in a Twitter statement [sic].
“I might die of covid, but I’d rather die genuinely living,” Beasley said, adding that with NFL training camps started, he wanted to be a voice for players who are afraid or unwilling to get vaccinated.
“Some people say I’m being selfish by making this a’me’ thing,” Beasley stated in a statement released on Wednesday.
“It’s all about the young players who don’t have a voice and who are reaching out to me every day because they’re being told they’ll be cut if they don’t get vaxxed.”
“So, once unvaccinated players are cut, they’re losing a dream they’ve worked their whole lives for over a vaccine that has been shown to not save people from developing COVID,” Beasley continued.
Others, including players and coaches, have been hesitant to be vaccinated.
In a since-deleted tweet, Cardinals wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins stated the NFL’s new COVID-19 outbreak and vaccine regulations are making him “worry” about his future in the league.
“I never imagined I’d say this, but being forced to injure my team because I don’t want to take the vaccine is making me doubt my NFL future,” Hopkins tweeted.
The NFL’s revised rules allow immunized athletes to return to near-normalcy, according to Ryan Tannehill.
Unvaccinated players, on the other hand, are subject to a slew of restrictions.
The league will pay unvaccinated players $14,650 if they breach COVID-19 regulations this season, according to ESPN’s Jenna Laine.
As players arrived at training camps on Tuesday, the NFL sent teams updated COVID-19 camp and preseason protocols.
According to Tom Pelissero of NFL Network, another charge outlined in the document was a $50,000 fine for failing to submit a necessary COVID-19 test.
Beasley said the major goal now that the league’s protocols are in place is to keep him and other players safe.
“Safety isn’t just about avoiding the COVID virus,” Beasley explained.
“Our health is now and in the years ahead, which we are attempting to protect with our personal decision by doing everything we did in our protocols throughout the extremely successful 2020 NFL season.”