Joe Mixon sounds off on union’s role in COVID restrictions for unvaccinated players

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The NFL Players Association has managed to prevent the league from mandating COVID vaccinations. The NFLPA also has secured the ability of unvaccinated players to get paid if they miss games due to a COVID infection.

That’s apparently not enough.

Bengals running back Joe Mixon has complained about the restrictions that will apply to unvaccinated players during the 2021 season.

“The NFLPA is not for the players they act like they represent us and they clearly show us different time & time again,” Mixon tweeted on Wednesday. Mixon also said “this is who y’all players want to be led by,” along with, “I thought Football was a team sport and it’s clearly being individualized by beliefs.”

It is a team sport, and if it were up to the teams all players would be required to be vaccinated. Period. At a minimum, unvaccinated players who get infected and can’t play wouldn’t get paid, if it were up to the teams.

Mixon seems to be making the personal decision to not get vaccinated, and that’s fine. But he can’t expect to enjoy the same pre-COVID freedoms that vaccinated players will realize.

The union managed to get significant relaxations in the 2020 rules and regulations for the players who get vaccinated. The players who have gotten vaccinated and will experience a normal 2021 season should be happy. Inevitably, those players will outnumber the vaccine holdouts who can either grumble about the increased restrictions or accept the fact that this is the obvious consequence of making the personal choice to not to be vaccinated.

It’s unclear what Mixon or any other unvaccinated player wants. No restrictions for anyone? Or the same restrictions for everyone? Regardless, the NFL and the NFLPA have made the right call on a subject for which universal agreement is impossible.

15 responses to “Joe Mixon sounds off on union’s role in COVID restrictions for unvaccinated players

  1. It should be no restrictions for anyone. Why not? The pandemic is over. Are we going to do this forever?

  2. As with everything in life, choices have consequences. If you choose the action, you choose the consequence.

  3. I do not get it. The vaccine does not stop someone from getting or spreading the virus. It reduces the severity and symptoms of the person…so why does it matter so much what the unvaccinated do?

  4. Fear is a Liar says:
    June 16, 2021 at 7:03 pm
    It should be no restrictions for anyone. Why not? The pandemic is over. Are we going to do this forever?

    ———————————————

    Until we reach 70 percent total vaccinations, we will not reach herd immunity and the Covid virus will remain with us indefinitely. It is simple science and has been repeatedly and exhaustively explained. If you refuse to get vaccinated, you are not only putting yourself in danger, but all of those around you and who you come into contact with. You may not get the virus, or may have it and be asymptomatic, but that does not stop you from transmitting it to another who may have much more severe consequences.
    So Mixon is willing to put his teammates, coaches, family, friends and fans in danger of contracting a possibly deadly virus because he thinks it is his “right” to not get it. What about about the “rights” of the rest of society? Since Mixon seemingly does not care, the NFL is taking measures to contain the spread of this deadly pandemic from those who are unwilling to participate. And this is the NFLPA not doing their job protecting the players? They are – they are protecting the players and the rest of the league from Mixon and other like minded anti-vaxxers in the NFL.

  5. It should be no restrictions for anyone. Why not? Its not over…some people want to get vaccinated and they can’t because of real medical conditions, not poor science literacy. Close contact can still result in infection. Also, like life football has lots of restrictions. If Mixon said he didn’t want to wear a helmet and argued its his head, under this same logic, why not?

    If you choose the action, you choose the consequence. Except being unvaccinated can make you a carrier for others, so it does not just affect you.

  6. At this point it’s simple: if you have not gotten the vaccine you will get COVID eventually. It has NOT just gone away. Yesterday 409 people died from this.

  7. Fear is a Liar says:
    June 16, 2021 at 7:03 pm
    It should be no restrictions for anyone. Why not? The pandemic is over. Are we going to do this forever?————————————————————————————————Have you Sir, notified the CDC and the WHO that the pandemic is over? I will agree that indications are the end is in sight but that’s because people are getting vaccinated. I have to chuckle at all these big courageous football players who are afraid of getting vaccinated.

  8. Remember when the left would argue “my body, my choice”? Yeah. Apparently it isnt a convenient argument now. (disclaimer, I’m fully vaccinated, and believe we should all get vaccinated, just making a point, this is still America)

  9. “Remember when the left would argue ‘my body, my choice’? Yeah. Apparently it isnt a convenient argument now.”

    Births aren’t contagious. COVID is. Pretty simple concept that personal freedoms should have limits when they affect the wellbeing of other people who have protected rights.

    The decision to not get vaccinated has a direct impact on the wellbeing of others who are constitutionally protected. The same cannot be said of abortions.

  10. This is why Covid will be around in 2025 because many people have very limited attention span add a low IQ and you get this type of thinking.

    The Governor lifted the restrictions not because we defeated Covid far from it the virus is still here amongst us.
    Big bussiness forced him we are in a fake new normal the one thing is everyone has had the opportunity to get the vaccine by now and 99 % of the roughly 2000 Covid deaths a month have been the anti-vaccers proving the vaccine protects us American who are vaccinated .

  11. The pandemic is not over, it’s just “paused” for now. We’ll see what happens when vaccines and antibodies start wearing off. I am in agreement that there should be no restrictions for unvaccinated players. Regulating personal time seems like a stretch to me at this point. I’m also in agreement that any unvaccinated player that tests positive should be unpaid since it’s their own idiocy that likely led to them getting sick. If Joe Mixon is willing to risk 2-3 game checks (depending on when he tests positive, likely 2 games) totaling over $1M, then he can do that, just don’t complain when it happens.

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