Cole Beasley calls NFLPA “a joke” over 2021 COVID rules

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Anyone who follows the NFL closely already knew which way the wind was blowing. Players, who for the most part don’t follow the sport like fans and media do, have only recently learned that the rules for vaccinated and unvaccinated players will be very different in 2021.

The players who don’t intend to get vaccinated don’t like it.

On Wednesday, Bengals running back Joe Mixon sounded off. On Thursday, Bills receiver Cole Beasley chimed in, calling the NFL Players Association “a joke” via a string of tweets expressing his displeasure with the lingering restrictions for players who don’t get vaccinated.

“This is crazy,” Beasley said. “Did we vote on this? I stay in the hotel. We still have meetings. We will all be together. Vaccinated players can go out the hotel and bring covid back in to where I am. So what does it matter if I stay in the hotel now? 100 percent immune with vaccination? No.”

For starters, the players did vote on this, indirectly. They elect team representatives and executive committee members. Those individuals approved these rules.

“The players association is a joke,” Beasley said. “Call it something different. It’s not for the players. Everyone gives me the 98 percent of people who are vaccinated don’t get covid again. The odds of me getting in the NFL and playing for 10 years are lower than that and I’m here.”

Cole, here’s the reality — without a union, you’d be forced to choose between getting vaccinated and retiring. The union has prevented the league from implementing that rule. Moreover, the union has to represent the interests of all members, even when the interests aren’t aligned. In this case, a very vocal minority is complaining, and a very silent majority is saying nothing.

“I understand completely why the NFL is doing this,” Beasley said. “It gives them back the freedom to make the most money as possible again if everyone is vaccinated. But will anyone fight for the players or nah?”

Players get paid if the NFL gets paid. So, yes, they want to be able to play the games. If they play the games, the players get paid. That’s how a business operates.

“I don’t know who I need to talk to but someone has to get it right,” Beasley concluded. “That’s why I’m on here. Hopefully the right people will see it and at least think about how all this NFLPA stuff works. It needs to be changed.”

It doesn’t need to be changed because Beasley and Mixon don’t like it. And if the rules were put out to a vote, the fact that more than half of all players have been vaccinated means that the measures would be approved by a majority.

Perhaps these tweets are simply part of Beasley’s process. Anger, denial, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. Ultimately, if he wants to make $4.7 million to play football this season, he needs to work his way through to acceptance.

Or he just needs to get vaccinated.

51 responses to “Cole Beasley calls NFLPA “a joke” over 2021 COVID rules

  1. No one has a right to coerce you to inject anything in your body. Not by exclusion, not by expulsion, not by singling them out. No one. It’s easy.

  2. COVID-19 has killed 600,000 Americans, and 14 million worldwide… So yes if Joe Mixon and Cole Beasley refuse to get vaccinated to protect themselves and others then follow the rules or sit out. No one wants to hear your complaints after what this country and world have endured. Football and other sports mean nothing in the grand scheme of things!

  3. This idiot should stick to what he knows, being a third rate NFL receiver. If we want dumb opinions we’ll ask for them. In the meantime he can comply with the rules that the union agreed to or he can sit out and make no money at all.

  4. No one has a right to coerce you to inject anything in your body. Not by exclusion, not by expulsion, not by singling them out. No one. It’s easy.

    Simply not true if you want to work at certain businesses or do certain activities.

  5. As a health care professional, It’s so odd to see people get so worked up about something as well established, proven, reliable and safe as a vaccine. Like, the risks and adverse events are so low compared to the actual disease, it boggles the mind the mental gymnastics you’d have to go through to suggest that NOT getting it is better for you.

  6. no matter what side you are on, the point of the matter is that the NFLPA has not heard their argument or listened to their side. That is the NFLPA’s job.

  7. catquick says:
    June 17, 2021 at 6:47 pm
    No one has a right to coerce you to inject anything in your body. Not by exclusion, not by expulsion, not by singling them out. No one. It’s easy.

    _________________________________________________________________________________________

    And in this case they are not. He has a choice. It is not exclusion, or expulsion. Or singling anyone out. This is a job which has requirements just as members of the military have to be vaccinated to go overseas. He can choose to follow the rules, quit and lose his millions for playing football or get the vaccine. You people who keep talking about being forced to get vaccinated are just off base and would be better suited to finding a new cause to support so the rest of us can move on to more intelligent conversations.

  8. Football is a contact sport and if I were playing I would hope everyone would be vaccinated. I would not want myself or others to be put in harms way. I personally have seen friends die of Covid. I, although I’m a survivor, still have repercussions from when I caught it in April, 2020. To me it would be quite simple: If you want to play (and really this is also about being paid millions), you get vaccinated.

  9. If there was only something out there that could resolve the issue ..

    Maybe at some point he and the other non-vaccinated might want to get their heads around the fact that they can also bring covid-19 to the other non-vaccinated as well.

  10. catquick says:
    June 17, 2021 at 6:47 pm
    No one has a right to coerce you to inject anything in your body. Not by exclusion, not by expulsion, not by singling them out. No one. It’s easy.

    ================

    Good luck getting on an air plane. If you have tried not being vaccinated you’d realize how absolutely wrong that statement is.

  11. I don’t have a problem with non-vaccinated people wanting to secure their personal liberties. Just understand it’s at the expense of you civil liberties and don’t get mad when being called out as being selfish. You can’t have it both ways.

  12. It’s not just a “personal” decision, the choice you make affects others around you and has consequences. I completely understand asking questions, but far too often people have already made up there mind and are using the “I have questions” as a defense mechanism.

  13. Show them all Cole, QUIT….then we won’t have to hear or listen to you whine & you can live your non vaccinated life…..
    Just don’t be surprised when your shut down at other places & people that are vaccinated can go to & be part of things you can’t…..STAND TALL & stay selfish & ignorant …..you do have that right!!!

  14. This team has very poor leadership from the players. We have science deniers and barely college graduates telling us they know more than medical professionals.

  15. Mistreating and discriminating against a group of people until they conform to your ideas of what is correct is a very dangerous road, indeed.

  16. catquick says:
    No one has a right to coerce you to inject anything in your body. Not by exclusion, not by expulsion, not by singling them out. No one. It’s easy.
    —————–
    Don’t religions do this to women’s bodies?

    Cole’s reaction is why teams are bringing in experts to educate players about the vaccine. With some extra knowledge he and Mixon may have a change of heart. But there’s no league requirement for players.

  17. I love how protecting people from a communal life threatening disease is now discriminating.

    It’s no more discriminating than not getting hired because you failed a drug test. Or refusing to accept the code of conduct defined by the work place. There’s a (rather solid) argument to be made the NFL shouldn’t even allow non-vaccinated players to play at all. The fact it’s a choice is a win.

  18. The guidelines now state that masks are not required IF you’ve been vaccinated. If you are so opposed to the vaccination you should be wearing a mask that has an anti vax statement on it. You can’t have it both ways.

  19. Can’t imagine why vaccination should be optional. The team would be on the hook for your salary and medical bills if you went without a shot and contracted Covid. Would the players who won’t take a shot agree they were on their own if they got sick? Fair is fair.

  20. It’s called a civilization, and it ain’t for everyone. You can go move out somewhere away from everyone else, and you can do as you please. When you live in a civilization with millions of others, they have rules and laws. You’re always free to leave if you don’t like it. We have a lot of freedoms. You can drink, and you can drive, but you can’t drink and drive at the same time. You can shoot high powered rifles, but you can’t shoot them inside city limits. You can drive 75 mph on the highway, but you have to slow down in a school zone when small kids are crossing the street. If everyone knew right from wrong, we wouldn’t need rules. Unfortunately, that ain’t the case. It would be so much easier if it were.

  21. One of the amazing thing about team sports is that it brings together very diverse groups of people that passionately worked together for a common cause.

  22. Courts have already ruled that employee’s can be made to get the vaccine by their employers so they be wasting their time and money on a lawsuit

  23. Stupid argument. What SHOULD have happened is the NFLPA and the league should have worked together to insist that all players without an approved exemption MUST be vaccinated.
    It is a multi-billion dollar industry that could be shut down with a virus outbreak. Vaccination is easy, available, and makes perfect sense for individuals as well as for our contry as a whole.

  24. Experimental Vaccine can not be forced on anyone. Just let a Tom Brady or Aaron Rodgers refuse the vaccine see how they change the rules

  25. I love the way Beasley plays the game, but no one is forcing him to play football. If he doesn’t want to get vaccinated, then don’t play football. It’s that simple.

  26. He has that right to refuse, this will all end up in litigation soon. Doctors are saying the same thing.

  27. How is he possibly surprised after the NFLPA spent the entire spring howling against minicamp attendance in large part based upon lack of covid protections. And I’m not even commenting on stupidity or lack thereof for getting or not getting vaccinated, but instead paying attention to his own NFLPA previous actions.

  28. NFLPA is a joke for not going along with a player vaccination mandate, as the NFL wanted. If they’re interested in player safety, that’s the position to take. Once again they get it wrong, just like their opposition to off-season team programs.

  29. This is very simple. If you don’t want to get vaccinated that’s fine. No one is forcing you to. But if you choose not to then you are required to the testing and protocols. You did last season so it shouldn’t be a big deal right? Besides your fellow union members agreed to this.

  30. it’s easy you want vaccinated privileges get vaccinated
    ——

    Or just wait a couple of more weeks until covid restrictions are lifted for everyone like most states are doing. Patience is a virtue.

  31. A lot of misinformation in these replies. These are not vaccines in the traditional sense – they are purely experimental with no long term safety studies like traditional vax. This is an indisputable fact. Do not group hesitant people with the anti vax crowd. A lot more about this if you dig into it; they’ve been trying to create covid vaccines for 40yrs but failed. What should be debated/discussed is that the risks of the shot may outweigh the risks of the virus itself to healthy low risk people. Traders know the crowd/herd is almost always wrong.

  32. Nobody in this comment section, working in healthcare, or on planet Earth has data showing an mRNA injection is safe for humans long term. I know this because it has never been used on humans until a few months ago.

    Punishing non-vaccinated people is also backwards logic: the only ones they (allegedly) put at risk of sickness is themselves. So what’s the point of a different set of rules? If you’re saying it doesn’t affect the vaccinated players and staff.

  33. I get why players might not be that into getting vaccinated given they’re in a very low risk group and it sounds like their group also is seeing some higher occurrences of side effects to the vaccine. But what I absolutely cannot understand is how Beasley or anybody else would think they’d get all the privileges granted to vaccinated players. They can’t have it both ways.

  34. He doesn’t need to be vaccinated, but it is obvious that he needs to be checked for CTE.

  35. I have loved the Bills since the Colts left Baltimore. I still love my memories of OJ as a Bill. I’ve suffered through all the bad years, including when Jim Kelly elected to play for the USFL. I loved Beasley’s play last year. But if Cole’s mom didn’t get him vaccinated for polio, and the measles, etc etc., she’s a bad mom. This is a virus, Cole. It’s not rocket science that vaccines work against virus’. Chill out, put your thinking cap on and after the vaccine, play football as good or better than last year. Put your hair in a pony-tail and just freaking chill out. ( For your team, da BILLS)

  36. Yawn. He’ll moan about the rules then he’ll either get the vaccine or the Bills will move on from him. As a marginal player he isn’t worth the headache.

  37. chickensalad43 says:

    June 18, 2021 at 5:27 pm

    Nobody in this comment section, working in healthcare, or on planet Earth has data showing an mRNA injection is safe for humans long term. I know this because it has never been used on humans until a few months ago.

    Punishing non-vaccinated people is also backwards logic: the only ones they (allegedly) put at risk of sickness is themselves. So what’s the point of a different set of rules? If you’re saying it doesn’t affect the vaccinated players and staff.

    ————–
    Theres no punishment of non-vaccinated people. There are rules that have to be followed plain and simple just like everyone’s job has. It’s also not just about them but about the protection for everywhere they go at team facilities and who may enter after or at the same time. Whether you believe that to be over protection or not it’s the NFL’s right to protect themselves against liabilities.

  38. With the 4th variant now verified, the Darwin Awards has many candidates.

  39. What’s a joke is that there are still people who refuse to get vaccinated! That’s the joke!
    That and the fact that certain posters don’t understand that it not experimental! It’s technology that scientists have been working on for Decades!!
    It’s approved by the FDA, it’s not experimental!
    Protect your self against COVID-19, get vaccinated!

  40. What’s a joke is that there are still people who refuse to get vaccinated! That’s the joke!
    That and the fact that certain posters don’t understand that it not experimental! It’s technology that scientists have been working on for Decades!!
    It’s approved by the FDA, it’s not experimental!
    Protect your self against COVID-19, get vaccinated!
    ‐‐——————-
    It is not FDA approved, and the joke is you not having all of the facts

  41. The FDA approved use of the vaccines in December of 2020! Thankfully we now have a vaccine available for Covid-19 , unfortunately there’s still no vaccine available for stupidity!

  42. “These are not vaccines in the traditional sense – they are purely experimental with no long term safety studies like traditional vax.”

    Yes, over 2 billion people vaccinated with almost a year of follow up data from the originals in clinic trials. What side effect exactly are you expecting to show up a year after being vaccinated?

    No other medication on the planet has a sample size that large for post-marketing surveillance of safety. Please stop propagating the myth that there’s not enough safety data.

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