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Cole Beasley isn’t anti-vax or pro-vax when it comes to the COVID-19 vaccination and NFL protocols.

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.”

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Xavien Howard, a cornerback for the Miami Dolphins, has requested a trade and is attending training camp to avoid a fine.

Xavien Howard: ‘Until That Trade Happens, I’m Just Here So I Don’t Get Fined’ After reporting to Miami’s training camp on Tuesday, the All-Pro cornerback released a statement later that evening revealing that he had sought a trade.
“Until that trade comes, I’m simply here to avoid getting fined,” Howard said, “and I’ll handle myself like pros do.” Players who fail to report to training camp will be fined $50,000 per day by the NFL.
Because he was unsatisfied with his existing contract, he had already lost almost $119,000 over the offseason by missing mandated sessions and forfeiting his workout bonus.
Howard inked a five-year, $75.25 million contract deal two years ago.
Following that, Howard only played five games in 2019 due to injury, but had a fantastic season in 2020.
He was an All-Pro last season after leading the NFL with 10 interceptions.
But, as Howard stated in his statement, he is the team’s second highest paid cornerback.
In March 2020, the team signed cornerback Byron Jones to a new contract.
Howard made it clear that he and his agent never requested “a completely new deal,” preferring to “work things out with the Dolphins and bring answers to the table.” “These were ideas of adjustments that would not only make me feel more valued, but were also cap friendly,” he stated.
“But, the Dolphins turned down all we offered.”
“This is why I don’t believe the organization has treated me fairly.”
The Dolphins don’t seem to value or respect me.
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As the investigation is underway, the NFL says Deshaun Watson is not restricted from training camp with the Houston Texans.

Despite the 22 active civil cases filed against Deshaun Watson, the NFL has “no limits” on the quarterback’s involvement in club activities, according to a statement released Tuesday by the league.
On Wednesday, the Houston Texans will have their first training camp session.
The first of 23 lawsuits against Watson was filed in April.
Watson is currently facing 22 lawsuits alleging sexual assault or sexually inappropriate behavior during massage sessions.
“The NFL’s investigation into the serious allegations against Deshaun Watson is still ongoing,” the league said in a statement.
“We’re collaborating with the Houston Police Department to make sure the NFL’s investigation doesn’t interfere with theirs.”
“We will make appropriate actions in accordance with the Collective Bargaining Agreement and the Personal Conduct Policy as we continue to acquire new information and monitor law enforcement developments.”
“At this point, Watson’s involvement in club activities remains unrestricted.” According to a league source, the NFL has been denied access to speak with several of the plaintiffs who filed the civil complaints, as well as third parties who may have pertinent information.
The NFL has also been denied access to evidence acquired by authorities throughout their inquiry.
Two of the ten women who have filed complaints with Houston police have not filed lawsuits against Watson, according to Rusty Hardin of ESPN.
On the active roster, the Texans have three quarterbacks: Tyrod Taylor, rookie Davis Mills, and Jeff Driskel.

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Coach Eugene Chung, who has accused the NFL of discrimination, claims that the league is “a little deceptive” about his case.

Eugene Chung, a former NFL offensive lineman and assistant coach, termed the NFL’s statement on its investigation into his claims that he was told during a job interview that he “wasn’t the proper minority” “a little deceptive.” Chung, who is Asian American, claimed he had had one brief, “almost cursory” interaction with the NFL back in May, and that “every single” coach and personnel executive he has reached out to has been “a little misleading.”
Despite a request from Chung’s representatives, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has so far declined to meet with him, he said.
“I’ve only had one discussion with them.”
I’d love to collaborate with them, but when it’s reported that I’ll be working with them and I’ve just had one very brief talk with them, I think it’s a little misleading,” Chung remarked.
In early July, the NFL issued a comment stating that it was “unable to authenticate the precise statement that was made, or by whom, or under what circumstances, any such statement was made.”
“But, we want to take this opportunity to reaffirm the NFL’s and each NFL club’s commitment to ensuring proper interview processes and developing diverse, inclusive, and courteous workforces on and off the field.”
We appreciate the opportunity to speak with Chung about how we can better develop employment possibilities through the League.” Chung has not identified the coach who allegedly made those claimed statements or the group that interviewed him.
“I’m not looking to expose anyone.”
“I believe that is immaterial and irrelevant to the current situation,” Chung stated.
Rather, he said he’s focused on resolving the matter so that other minorities aren’t subjected to the same prejudices, and he believes a chat with Goodell can help in that regard.
Chung, who had previously worked as an assistant offensive line coach for the Philadelphia Eagles and Kansas City Chiefs, is currently unemployed.

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The latest on the NFL’s COVID-19 response as teams and coaches disagree about immunization procedures.

Two assistant coaches left their organizations over pandemic-related policies one day after the NFL warned teams they may face forfeiture if a COVID-19 epidemic emerged from unvaccinated players. The Athletics Chad Graff confirmed Friday that Vikings offensive line coach Rich Dennison was fired after refusing to acquire the COVID-19 vaccine.
The Vikings later issued a statement indicating they were continuing in talks with Dennison, but that the former NFL assistant didn’t have an exemption to the league’s vaccine standards for Tier 1 personnel. “We will comply to the requirements of the procedures and of applicable law,” the statement said.
The league then committed to a number of incentives (together with the NFL Players Association) that would make working conditions for those who were vaccinated much better than for those who were not.

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After 7 years at ESPN, Maria Taylor makes her NBC Sports debut.

Maria Taylor, a broadcast host who formerly worked for ESPN for seven years, made her NBC Sports debut on Friday night during the Tokyo Olympics primetime show.
Taylor will not only host the Olympics, but she will also be a host and contributor for Football Night in America and Super Bowl coverage.
In a statement, NBC Sports chairman Pete Bevacqua stated, “Maria has thrived in a wide range of capacities at big events, and will be a great addition to our team.”
“We’re always looking for ways to improve, and Maria is going to help us do that.” She finished presenting the NBA Finals on Tuesday, the day her contract with ESPN apparently terminated, before joining NBC.
Taylor’s future at ESPN has recently made headlines after The New York Times published comments made by colleague broadcaster Rachel Nichols regarding her in July 2020.
After Taylor, who is Black, was assigned hosting duties for “NBA Countdown” during the NBA Finals, Nichols made the statements while apparently unaware that a camera was recording.
Taylor and her colleagues received a public apology from Nichols, and ESPN removed her from sideline coverage for the finals.
Taylor became a host and reporter for ESPN in 2014, covering college football, women’s basketball, and the NBA.
She was unable to negotiate an agreement with the network, according to a joint statement released by the two parties on Wednesday.
“Words are inadequate to describe my unbounded gratitude,” Taylor said in a statement at the time. “I aim to make them proud.”

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Larry Johnson mocks star CB with a witty’systematic racism’ post after Richard Sherman is arrested.

Since his arrest last week, football free agent cornerback Richard Sherman has received public support and offers of assistance from members of the NFL community.
Larry Johnson, a former standout running back, is not one of them.
Instead, he shared an old piece on his Instagram story with Sherman discussing’systemic racism.’
Sherman was a member of the “Phi Beta Sigma” fraternity, whose members promised fealty to a Greek goddess. Johnson insulted the Stanford graduate by reminding everyone that Sherman was a member of the “Phi Beta Sigma” fraternity, whose members pledged allegiance to a Greek goddess.
Larry Johnson’s Instagram Post Larry Johnson has a tumultuous social media career. The former Kansas City Chiefs star is no stranger to controversy on social media.
Since 2020, Johnson has been chastised for tweets that include Holocaust denial, Hitler support, antisemitism, and attribution of bogus Bible quotes to the Bible.
Johnson also tweets about conspiracy theories and celebrity involvement in them on a daily basis.
Since 2003, the 41-year-old has been detained several times.
Larry Johnson’s NFL career spanned nine seasons, with two Pro Bowl appearances.
In the 2003 NFL Draft, the Kansas City Chiefs selected him 27th overall.
In the 2005 and 2006 NFL seasons, he rushed for over 1,000 yards.
Before retiring in 2012, Johnson also played for the Cincinnati Bengals, Washington Football Team, and Miami Dolphins.
Sherman has apologized and is facing five charges.
This Friday, Richard Sherman pleaded not guilty to five misdemeanor charges.
In a statement, the 33-year-old claimed he was “truly apologetic for his actions” and promised to seek help for his mental and emotional health while he deals with personal issues.
Richard Sherman delivers his first statement following his arrest on allegations of ‘burglary domestic violence’ pic.twitter.com/L18hwr0QnS — Sportskeeda Pro Football (@SKProFootball) July 16, 2021 He’s not permitted to drink alcohol, use nonprescription drugs, own a weapon, or have contact with his father-in-law under the terms of his release from jail.
Sherman’s next court appearance is on August 13 at 8:45 a.m. for a pre-trial hearing.
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