Kirk Cousins clarifies controversial COVID-19 comments from July

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Kirk Cousins created a stir in July, though he and no one else knew it at the time.

The Vikings quarterback taped a podcast with Kyle Brandt, and Cousins’ comments about the COVID-19 pandemic came out this week.

Cousins intimated on the podcast that he was not worried about COVID-19 — contracting the virus or dying from the virus — and made clear he’s not a fan of masks. Cousins did add that he wears a mask to be “respectful to other people.”

He clarified Wednesday during a video conference with the team’s beat reporters.

“Admittedly I probably wasn’t as clear as I would have liked to have been,” Cousins said in his opening statement. “But what I wanted to say then, and what I would echo again now, is that while the virus does not give me a great amount of personal fear, there’s still great reason for me to engage in wearing a mask and social distancing and washing my hands as frequently as I can and following protocols that have been set in place. Obviously, to be respectful and considerate of other people, which is very important, but then also to be available for all 16 games this fall because as the protocol is set up if a player were to test positive they would be potentially out of the game or games. There’s plenty of reasons to wear a mask, social distance and be very vigilant to help stop the spread of the virus. That was the heart behind what I was trying to say in July. Admittedly, I didn’t say it as clear as I would have liked to. So I want to share that same message again, and hopefully articulate it a little bit better. That has always been heart and is again now.”

Asked specifically about his feelings on masks, Cousins said, “I was addressing my own personal perspective. Everybody’s different, and that’s what I was trying to say. You know there are many risk factors and other factors that would affect one’s approach. I have family friends who take a very different approach because of risk factors. Obviously, everybody’s in a different place.

“We don’t want anybody to get the virus so we can have the best team possible on Sundays.”

One of his most controversial statements in the podcast was, “Even if I die, I die.” Cousins said Wednesday he meant that he leans on his faith, putting his life in God’s hands.

“I have peace,” Cousins said. “I don’t believe that I control the outcome of my life. There’s many things out of my control. But obviously, my faith is at the foundation of my life. I trust the Lord to handle things. If something happens, I trust him to have a plan and purpose and to use even a pain, a setback, adversity, to use that to help grow me and teach me more about him.”

38 responses to “Kirk Cousins clarifies controversial COVID-19 comments from July

  1. Respected him before the clarification. He does everything he is asked to do to stop the spread of the virus.

  2. all you scared people should just stay in your houses for the rest of your lives…order your groceries, work from home. you wont get another virus again the rest of your lives.

  3. What hes saying is “I’m not afraid of catching the virus, but I dont want someone to catch it from me, so I wear a mask”

    Just simply the verbiage already Kirk……

  4. By clarify you mean repeat what he already said, but also grovel a bit to those who think what is important to them should be important to everyone? Then sure, he clarified it.

  5. Whatever he meant or didn’t mean, he’s a very smart guy. He predicted quite a few months ago that we would have football with no fans. He also a clutch qb and I’m glad that he’s playing for our Team. Skol Vikings!

  6. The fact that he has to clarify himself is pathetic. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with what he originally said.

  7. What is there to clairfy? I agree with him 100%. Most of us do. Lets get on with life and be able to make our own choices.

  8. Well we have a first an athlete got called out a his position and didn’t do a 180. Bravo!

  9. Kirk makes a great point…reopen everything back to normal, build herd immunity and we pick up the pieces from there

  10. The only controversy came from people who didn’t read his comments. He said he wears a mask but doesn’t really like it and somehow had tons of people complaining about him not wearing a mask.

  11. He clearly states that he wears a mask around other people for respect to their health. That is a good thing but there is absolutely nothing wrong with his opinion or how he stated it.

  12. The media got their “clarification” and subsequent backpedal. Between him and Brees they could play Cornerback with all that backpedalling.

  13. He was clear then, and is clear now. He is not scared but he understands people are worried and therefore will be cautious. Does he really need to say it more than one time?

  14. It was either “clarify” what he said now or “clarify after” the crowd who went after Drew Brees,came after him with their pitchforks.

  15. chipper41 says:
    September 2, 2020 at 4:04 pm

    all you scared people should just stay in your houses for the rest of your lives…order your groceries, work from home. you wont get another virus again the rest of your lives.


    If you’re informed, wearing the mask is not about being scared – it’s not even about you. It’s about taking every precaution you can to protect others as much as you can.

  16. I would hope my own son would be as straight forward, honest, and caring as kirk Cousins is. Oh and I forgot, as patient with the press, not understanding what he said the first time!

  17. I agree completely. I have no fear of the virus, but I wear a mask in public out of respect for others. Why would anyone have a problem with Kirk for stating his personal opinion as long as he’s wearing a mask to protect others?

  18. Imagine trying to prepare for what is no doubt going to be the most stressful work year of your career and having to answer to this stuff?

  19. This is how Kirk should clarify it to the media and people who want to hash him. “I said what I said. If you can’t comprehend a statement after reading it, you may need to work on that.” No more need to explain.

  20. He had no option but to clarify, or he would have been handed the same fate as Drew Brees.

  21. Kirk did not need to clarify because he was perfectly clear earlier. He does not personally believe that masks are all that effective, but despit his personal beliefs, he wears one out of respect to any he might encounter. There was nothing controversial about that and no reason for anyone to be upset with him about it.

  22. There are some people who aren’t happy unless they are unhappy. Kirk is right and some people just can’t handle it.

  23. I see absolutely nothing wrong with his comments. I don’t personally believe that masks do very much either. But that’s the way it is right now so I’m not going to refuse. I’m also not going to live my life in fear.

  24. I agree with Kirk 100%. Covid-19 is way exaggerated. Sure you can get it, but I think it’s more difficult to get than they are saying. And if you get it, you probably won’t die unless your old and have other pre-existing conditions. Covid is being used by the liberals to make people blame Trump and get their guy in office. We are all being manipulated.

  25. ajzinnecker says:
    September 3, 2020 at 2:22 pm
    I agree with Kirk 100%. Covid-19 is way exaggerated.
    That’s not what he said, at all.

  26. eaglesmancave says:
    September 2, 2020 at 7:06 pm
    I see absolutely nothing wrong with his comments. I don’t personally believe that masks do very much either.
    He didn’t say that. And you’re completely wrong.

  27. Amazing how many of you got what he said, wrong.

    He’s not worried too much, because he is a young and healthy guy, and because the lord decides what happens. He specifically stated he takes precautions for others. Which is what we all should be doing.

    He did not say covid is not real, masks do not work, or any of the other nonsense ideas you all have.

  28. stellarperformance says:
    September 3, 2020 at 1:36 pm
    He doesn’t like masks but won’t leave the house without his aluminum foil hat.
    Come on dude all you do is post about Cousins, focus you man crush on the newly single Aaron!!!

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