Tre’Davious White reacts to fans criticizing his opt-out deliberations

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Bills cornerback Tre'Davious White currently is considering the possibility of opting out of the 2020 season. Some fans are giving White grief for putting family over football.

“Crazy that me choosing my family’s wellbeing over a game comes with so called fans attacking and questioning me and saying I’m selfish,” White tweeted on Thursday morning. “No you guys are selfish for thinking that football is bigger than life. Oh by the way my girl’s grandfather passed from COVID. U understand now?”

No player should be questioned for making the excruciating decision to walk away from football for a full year, sacrificing the ability to play and the ability to get paid to play — with no guarantee that the red carpet will be rolled out in 2021.

White won’t have to worry about having a job in 2021; he’s an All-Pro cornerback. Still, the prospect of choosing to not play football for a full year is anything but an easy choice. White’s decision, whatever it may be, should be accepted and respected.

The deadline for opting out arrives at 4:00 p.m. ET on Thursday. Unfortunately, there’s no deadline on the mindset that has some fans view NFL players as something other than human beings who face the same issues and concerns the rest of us confront.

32 responses to “Tre’Davious White reacts to fans criticizing his opt-out deliberations

  1. I support players no matter what they choose to do. We are living in a world nobody has ever experienced before. You only have one chance to err on the side of caution.

  2. It’s going to be a watered down put an asterisk next to it type of year. If you’re nervous about playing and want to keep people healthy around you, opt out. Nobody SHOULD be faulting you.

  3. Still he needs to have a thicker skin. Opening up your mouth and calling fans selfish is fruitless and makes you look petty. Fans will say what they say. I’m part of a fan page and believe me it’s not the most sophisticated group. Let’s face it we want you to play football. You are entertainment, you get paid millions we don’t care about your social justice, your politics and quite a few other things. Play or don’t play but striking out at fans foolish.

  4. It’s easy to criticize someone who can afford to not work – and gets a choice – when there are millions who want to and need to work but are currently unemployed.

  5. 1. You can’t win an argument on social media.
    2. You don’t have to respond to trolls.
    3. RIP NFL 2020

  6. I understand both ends. On one side, Tre is scared that he could inadvertently make his family sick, and they COULD possibly die. On another end, people are upset these players have the option to say they don’t want to play and hide in their mansions. This is something an average football fan cannot do. He will be going to grocery stores with his family inadvertently risking the grocery store worker’s lives by being there shopping, and no extra pay is given to them.

    I’m in the military. I’ve had to work through this pandemic like a lot of Americans, while many others are nestled in their homes collecting that extra $600 per WEEK in unemployment benefits. They are receiving an extra $2,400 Per month by doing nothing. This definitely has upset the working man and woman that has had to do deal with this pandemic the whole time.

    So I can see why the fans are reacting to this. A lot of us has risked our lives and our families lives to put food on the table and a roof over our heads. The world didn’t stop for the most of us. With that said, TreDavious White, and many of these NFL players have an ability none of us have. He is making millions of dollars to play a child’s game. He has earned his right to make this decision. It’s not our place to be telling him what’s good for him or his family. I hope he makes the best decision for him.

  7. Speculating that you may opt-out invites this rhetoric. Opt-out or don’t, but speaking about it in the media is just plain silly. Speak to your family about it, make a decision and stick with it.

  8. He can do whatever he wants. It makes no difference to me. Question, is he going to lock himself in his basement for the next 6 months? Do you think he’ll end up at the clubs a lot this fall, like the Florida Marlins players were doing when they contracted the virus? We will see by his behavior, how much this decision is about putting family first, or just getting a paycheck not to play.

  9. polk40 says:
    August 6, 2020 at 10:27 am
    He can do whatever he wants. It makes no difference to me. Question, is he going to lock himself in his basement for the next 6 months? Do you think he’ll end up at the clubs a lot this fall, like the Florida Marlins players were doing when they contracted the virus? We will see by his behavior, how much this decision is about putting family first, or just getting a paycheck not to play.

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    He doesnt get paid this year if he opts out. So… what was your point again?

  10. There should be zero issue with anyone in the NFL opting out. My question is, was he asked about this or did he just decide to announce that he is considering it? If he was asked about it and just said that he was considering it I don’t think anyone can blame him. But if he just decided to announce that he is considering it, it kind of seems like he’s just trying to draw attention to himself.

  11. To me, it depends if his family members are physically vulnerable (cancer, diabetes, asthma, etc) — then I get it. If not, then its a bit too paranoid cause I doubt he will live in a bubble till there’s a vaccine.

  12. I don’t blame any player that wants to opt out….for any reason. It’s their life.

    160,000 Americans have died and more are dying every day. Now we also know that many thousands of those that have “recovered” are dealing will potential life-long heart, lung and kidney issues.

    The ones that I feel bad for are the minimum wage people that work on the front lines, getting our food, driving buses and trains, cashiers, janitors…those are the people that in many cases have no choice.

    I also feel bad for the doctors, nurses, EMTs that in many cases, could afford to stay home, but stay out there risking their lives tosave others.

  13. Tre, you are a stand up guy and a great player. You do what you need to do. 99% of us Bills fans will stand behind you.

    The other knuckleheads don’t know what its like to be a true human being or being a parent.

  14. It doesnt make much sense from a football standpoint for White – he’ll be 26 next year with two years left on his deal, making him a 28yo UFA. They’ll franchise him for a year – and then let him walk at 29 without ever getting that mega deal.

    Teams rarely give 29 y/o CB long term deals – and when they do it hasnt worked out too well for the teams financially.

  15. Multi-millionaires aren’t going to get sympathy. Players should get used to this – the higher their contracts skyrocket away from where average wage-earners are in this country, the more scorn they will get.

    Pro athletes used to be superhuman versions of regular people. Now they’re closer to the wealthiest elites of society, and people are getting tired of such gross inequity in this country as the going gets steeply harder for so many Americans.

    Of course, this sports wealth only exists because average fans vote for it with their money, so we ultimately control the purse strings but aren’t using that power.

    Pro sports are inessential. Use your power and defund them.

  16. Jordan says:
    August 6, 2020 at 11:55 am
    if everyone has to go to a job, so should you. If we don’t get a paycheck, neither should you
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    Why does anyone care about this? His job is VERY different from your job. This is like being mad that some CEO who makes millions a year gets more vacation time than you do. The world isn’t all equal, nor is it “fair”.

    If White opts out and gets paid, good for him – so what? There is no point comparing a pro athlete to necessary workers or yourself – it’s a completely irrelevant analogy.

  17. Sports are an entertainment, for the working class that has to go to work everyday to keep this country moving. We need sports more than ever. Is thier life worth more than ours, just cause they make enough to be able to stay home. I think not. It proofs to me that these entertainers care little about the fans and what it means to us too be able to feel normal again. My life has not changed other than I have to wear a mask when I go to work, to feed my family. I risk my live for a lot less. Maybe, all us working folks should opt-out, let’s see who is really important to ever day life, us or these entertainers. Boycott all sports until these entertainers appreciate us.

  18. savethebs says:
    August 6, 2020 at 11:41 am
    polk40 says:
    August 6, 2020 at 10:27 am
    He can do whatever he wants. It makes no difference to me. Question, is he going to lock himself in his basement for the next 6 months? Do you think he’ll end up at the clubs a lot this fall, like the Florida Marlins players were doing when they contracted the virus? We will see by his behavior, how much this decision is about putting family first, or just getting a paycheck not to play.

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    He doesnt get paid this year if he opts out. So… what was your point again?

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    Players who opt out do get paid

  19. C’mon Tre Davious…grow up! If you choose to opt out then do it. Stop with the fan critisism. You play in the NFL. No matter where you play or for how long you play, there will ALWAYS be those who will knock you. Get over it!

  20. I hate to say the word “hater” but in this sense, it applies. The ones who are criticizing are the ones who do not have that option. Be it grocery store clerk or brain surgeon and everyone in between, those folks *had* to work during COVID. If they had the option to stay home and receive a pay, they probably would have. But because they did not have that option, they will resent those who do, especially the professional athletes they consider to be overpaid.

  21. I guess he means the selfish fans who have had to work through this whole covid pandemic without missing a day and without having the option to not work to protect their own families and children. The ones who would lose their job and not get paid a quite large sum of money to sit at home and not work for what would in effect be at least a full calendar year for a football player.

    The very people who work at the grocery stores and hospitals I am sure he goes to and would complain if they all decided not to work. So maybe it is the very well paid football player deciding to make a large sum of money and not do his job who is selfish.

  22. He doesnt get paid this year if he opts out. So… what was your point again?
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    Players who opt out do get paid
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    Players who opt out do not get their regular salary. They get $150,000 if they opt out. Players who are deemed “high risk” get $350,000. Most of us would be happy with that sort of money, but the players who opt out won’t be getting paid millions to sit at home. This money is actually an advance on next year’s salary as it must be repaid.

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