Cole Beasley doubles down on his anti-vaccine sentiment

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On Thursday, Bills receiver Cole Beasley unfairly assailed the NFL Players Association for agreeing to rules that give vaccinated players far more freedom in 2021 than players who refuse to get vaccinated. On Friday, Beasley posted a lengthy statement explaining his position on social media. The entire comment appears below.

“Everyone — Hi, I’m Cole Beasley and I’m not vaccinated! I will be outside doing what I do. I’ll be out in the public. If your scared of me then steer clear, or get vaccinated. Point. Blank. Period. I may die of covid, but I’d rather die actually living. I have family members whose days are numbered. If they want to come see me and stay at my house then they are coming regardless of protocol. I don’t play for the money anymore. My family has been taken care of. Fine me if you want. My way of living and my values are more important to me than a dollar. I love my teammates and enjoy playing ball because all the outside bs goes out the window in these moments. I just want to win the Super Bowl and enjoy these relationships that will be created along the way.

“I’m not going to take meds for a leg that isn’t broken. I’d rather take my chances with Covid and build up my immunity that way. Eat better. Drink water. Exercise and do what I think is necessary to be a healthy individual. That is MY CHOICE based on MY experiences and what I think is best. I’ll play for free this year to live life how I’ve lived it from day one. If I’m forced into retirement, so be it. I’ve enjoyed the times I’ve had. I’ll get to live freely with my wife, kids, and extended family forever. We’d get to enjoy the times that we missed from the sacrifices we’ve had to make just so I could play this wonderful game. So either way, it’s a win/win.

“That’s where I stand. Thank you for everyone who has been supportive throughout this process. A lot of other NFL players hold my position as well but aren’t in the right place in their careers to be so outspoken. I feel for you and I’m hoping I’m doing my part to represent you guys well.”

Beasley seems to be saying that he’ll defy the NFL’s rules regarding unvaccinated players, even if he’s repeatedly fined for it. Even if he ultimately has to give up his full $4.7 million salary over it.

But he complied with the restrictions last year, without complaint. This year, he’s only complaining because players who have chosen to get vaccinated won’t have to comply with those restrictions. Basically, Beasley wants the league to declare the pandemic over and to remove all rules, vaccination or not.

Along the way, Beasley cites no plausible reason for not being vaccinated. “I’m not going to take meds for a leg that isn’t broken” makes no sense. If he could take a pill or a shot that would prevent all football injuries, HE WOULD. And he wouldn’t give a second thought to the possibility of side effects, long-term consequences, Bill Gates’ microchips, or magnetic crystals.

In a separate tweet, Beasley comes off not only as anti-vaccine but also anti-science: “Everybody is so all in on science now more than I have ever seen. What happen [sic] to God’s will?

As I recently observed on Twitter, it’s always required courage to speak truth to power. It currently requires even more courage to speak truth to stupid. And, Cole, quite frankly, you are becoming irredeemably stupid.

It was and is God’s will to allow humans to use their unique talents to cure diseases, to mend broken bones, to develop surgical methodologies, like the one Beasley had in 2019 to repair a core muscle injury. Science is the manifestation of God giving humans the power to prolong lives, to improve lives, to save lives through the development and application of our intellectual talents.

The fact that Beasley so fervently clings to his anti-vaccine beliefs that he overlooks the clear connection between getting the vaccine and advancing the competitive interests of his team shows how toxic and dangerous our current climate has become. For whatever reason, millions have become blindly committed to blurring the line between opinion and fact. It’s gotten so bad that many who see the light have opted to tiptoe around those who choose to flail in algorithm-enforced darkness, clinging to the supposedly inalienable right to f–k up their own lives at the expense of others.

The tiptoeing should end. The truth needs to be spoken. And the truth for Beasley and the Bills is that, unless he dials it down and either gets vaccinated (highly unlikely) or submits to the COVID protocols for 2021 (less unlikely), Beasley will create a potential distraction for a franchise that doesn’t need any as it tries to close the very real gap between itself and the Kansas City Chiefs.

98 responses to “Cole Beasley doubles down on his anti-vaccine sentiment

  1. He is right though. You can build your natural covid immunity without the vaccine. CDC even said as much. Let the guy do what he wants. Let us all live our own free lives. Get the vaccine if you want it. Then you are safe, right?

  2. What a selfish, ignorant person. “I, I, I, my, my, my, me, me, me” that’s all I read in his little manifesto of ignorance there.

  3. Maybe he should spend less time writing a word salad that just shows how dumb he is and more time checking some facts about vaccine outcomes versus COVID-19 outcomes.

    What the heck is his actual problem? That he has to do the same things this season that he did last season? Oookay, why exactly is that an issue, especially if he thinks his health is all up to God anyway?

    Let’s face it, he’s just mad because teammates who have been vaccinated aren’t going to have to get a Q-Tip jammed up their noses on a near-daily basis, aren’t going to have to stay in their hotels when on the road, etc. He’s just a baby throwing a tantrum. He’ll soon find out that he can hold his breath until he turns blue and nobody will care. He’ll have to follow his work rules like everybody else, and if he doesn’t there will be consequences. He says he’s ready for that, but the smart money says he won’t sacrifice his NFL pay.

  4. So wait, Florio is AGAINST a personal stand by a player? (see what I did there?)

    I didn’t see any player on any other issue have to cite studies and such. Not even non players like Fauci.

    What is a plausible reason when the authorities have been wrong on everything?

    Everyone banned on social media for saying the truth are still banned and all the people spewing propaganda are still there.

  5. Weren’t the posting sources he’s using developed by science? Maybe he should stick to writing his beliefs on cave walls with animal blood and grease, as God intended.

  6. Bravo, Florio. I applaud your willingness to express your points so strongly. Beasley has appointed himself spokesperson for players who aren’t in a position to speak up for themselves; most likely the majority of them are wishing he’d get rid of the man-bun and shut the hell up.

  7. Everybody here has friends and relatives that feel the same way but won’t dare judge them and their beliefs. But hey, let’s gang up on the high profile athletes because they speak their mind.

    Gotta love the internet😒

  8. Great receiver, but what a selfish man, I do hope The Bills respond appropriately to his childish rant.

  9. The dude has the right to express how he feels, but if he wants to be part of society, he has to play by rules. If fans want to attend Bills’ games, they have been told to get vaccinated. So, Beasley can go home or abide by the rules.

  10. This country was once built on the backs of those people that believed in liberty, freedom and the American way, so sad that it seems we have now lost those beliefs.

    His body, his life, his choice.

  11. 33.5 million infected in the USA and over 600,000 died from covid. I like my immune system plenty, but I gonna go out on a limb and say that drinking plenty of water and more exercise probably not enough, fortunately plenty are getting vaccinated. Thinking about all the famous athletes that refused Polio and Small pox vaccines in lieu of exercise and water..I wonder how many are left or still able to walk?

    Also–I’m sure Myles Garrett and Lamar Jackson get PLENTY of exercise and water….and it did not help them avoid catching it, or worse, missing critical games as a result. Fortunately they both seem o have recovered. Some not so lucky.

    IF I was among the better teams in the AFC, or in particular the AFC east, I’d make damn due to get everybody on the team vaccinated. Hell, I would have Coach bill encourage his players to support Beasley here–but make sure they get vaccinated. Tell Beasley to stand his ground. It could be a massive competitive advantage if there are mini-outbreakas in the league this year among the pockets of players that are refusing to get vaccinated. Players will miss games due to positive contacts or outbreaks…if it is a star player?

    I think Cole AND their QB Josh Allen have either refused to get vaccinated or in Allen’s case have not decided yet. If Josh Allen gets it, the Bills might lose a few games and that could really make it tough for them to overtake the Chiefs.

    And yes, you can build natural immunity to covid. But it most likely won’t last as long as the vaccine, and you can still get infected with other variants, and there is a small but real chance it becomes a serious infection, life threatening or puts you in the hospital on a ventilator. For a Pro-athelete, that could end a career. Hence why a vaccine with one in a few million chance of side effects is far more practically for protection.

  12. “This country was once built on the backs of those people that believed in liberty, freedom and the American way, so sad that it seems we have now lost those beliefs.”

    You forgot the beliefs in slavery, indentured servitude, only male landowners having a vote, and other things eventually ruined by pesky liberals.

  13. How mortified are Bills fans right now. You have a moron slot WR who is wildly overpaid showing himself as a selfish, dumb jerk who is a right wing extremist.

    Good luck to your locker room. Josh Allen and Poyer also feature lower IQs.

  14. We have all kinds of freedoms and liberties. You can take your own life, but you can’t take someone else’s. You’re not free to kill innocent bystanders if you choose to live recklessly. You’re free to leave America if you don’t like it.

  15. I was fine with him speaking his mind until the whole God thing was brought up. Beasley doesn’t want the vaccine pushed on him just like I don’t want the “God” thing pushed on me. “Everybody is so all in on science now more than I have ever seen. What happen [sic] to God’s will?” If you are a believer then that’s fine… keep it to yourself. Personally I find it hard to believe someone created earth in 7 days… I do however trust in science… something that CAN BE PROVED… like how a supernova starts a chain reaction creating planets and several elements in the right conditions creates life. More people might be into the whole “Science” thing because humans are becoming more intelligent… well some of us.

  16. Sounds like a self centered its all about me type of guy. Not concerned with who he could sicken and potentially kill. Hopefully God’s will would restrict consequences only to Cole and not anyone else in his immediate circle.

  17. His risk is relatively low, but the whole problem is you can spread to people at high risk, or those in close contact with high risk people. Whatever. Glad he’s not in football for the money, because I’m not sure the Bill’s would keep a decent slot receiver at that price tag, before all this happened.

  18. Only the media, and liberals would disagree. There are HIPPA laws for a reason.

  19. I will be outside doing what I do. I’ll be out in the public. If your scared of me then steer clear, or get vaccinated. Point. Blank. Period.
    ++++++++++++++++++++++
    How does he propose we identify him to steer clear in public? Is he going to wear some sort of mark or his jersey and pads? No, he does not sound like he’s going to do that. Is he going to wear a mask and practcice social distancing as recommended for unvaccinated people. He does not say, but its doubtful.

    His intent is to make his choice your problem. He is unconcerned about his fellow man. That is the definition of self-centered and privilege. What a wonderful human being.

  20. Beasley is just another example of the scientific ignorance and lack of basic logic that permeates nearly half of our nation. If the only risk from not taking the vaccine was his alone, that would be one thing. What people like Beasley call assaults on their liberty are really reasonable and necessary steps to protect everyone. His self centered actions put his teammates, his team, and his employer at risk. The financial hit to the league could be substantial if a flare up of the virus among the Bills players caused a game to be cancelled.

  21. I applaud him for his stance. Nobody can predict the potential long term side effects of this vaccine. At his age and health he has virtually zero chance of this virus killing him. And there still may be isolated cases, but let’s be honest, the pandemic is over. This virus was created in a lab, funded in part by US $$, and accidentally (or purposely) released into society. Give Cole Beasley a break!

  22. Wait, did Florio just speak for God in one sentence and then drop the F-bomb in another sentence?

    The truth is, our military sees the vaccine as optional because it is still considered “experimental.” If Cole doesn’t want to take it, he doesn’t have to. It’s so weird to hear liberals come down so hard on people making that choice when part of the reason that many of them vote is for the ability to be pro-choice. I guess it’s just the choices they like?

  23. Cole, I am saving a spot for you on my flag football roster. Please let me know as soon as you are released.

  24. According to WebMD (stupid doctors!) Covid can cause erectile dysfunction and impotence. It can also cause shrinkage down there. You’d think this would make guys go running to get vaccinated.

    Normally I’m fine with Darwin Award winners weeding themselves out of the gene pool, but with Covid the decision not to get vaccinated effects others. If you don’t get vaccinated, and don’t socially distance, the evidence (stupid science!) shows that you can kill others.

  25. Now we see he’s just another dimwit who gets his world view from right-wing pseudo-news propaganda outlets.

    The generations of Americans who suffered through and eventually conquered other major diseases would be ashamed of self-centered nonsense like what he’s spouting. He’s a petulant juvenile who cares only about himself.

    For the millionth time, right-wingers: Vaccines aren’t just a personal choice about your own protection. They contribute to protecting everyone else and shutting down the spread of a disease that has led to the deaths of 600,000 Americans and counting.

  26. Anthony Vogt says:
    June 18, 2021 at 5:25 pm

    Only the media, and liberals would disagree. There are HIPPA laws for a reason.

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

    In my limited observation, there is an inverse relationship between the likelihood of people citing “HIPPA laws” and their ability to correctly spell HIPAA, let alone know what it is.

  27. EJ says:
    June 18, 2021 at 5:18 pm
    I was fine with him speaking his mind until the whole God thing was brought up. Beasley doesn’t want the vaccine pushed on him just like I don’t want the “God” thing pushed on me. “Everybody is so all in on science now more than I have ever seen. What happen [sic] to God’s will?” If you are a believer then that’s fine… keep it to yourself. Personally I find it hard to believe someone created earth in 7 days… I do however trust in science… something that CAN BE PROVED… like how a supernova starts a chain reaction creating planets and several elements in the right conditions creates life. More people might be into the whole “Science” thing because humans are becoming more intelligent… well some of us.

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    I won’t push anything on you. But you can’t believe God created the world in his 7 days. I mean his. With that said I doubt he preached to you, so him saying what he believes in offends you for many other reasons not him saying it.
    Would you believe a scientest who says something like 15 billion years ago the planet was like this. Hahahaha now that is funny.

    Go look and see what the area around Mount St. Helens looks like 50 years later…….50 years only.
    If you can talk about something Cole can talk about his belief in God.

  28. iamnotasubscriber says:
    June 18, 2021 at 5:36 pm
    According to WebMD (stupid doctors!) Covid can cause erectile dysfunction and impotence. It can also cause shrinkage down there. You’d think this would make guys go running to get vaccinated.

    Normally I’m fine with Darwin Award winners weeding themselves out of the gene pool, but with Covid the decision not to get vaccinated effects others. If you don’t get vaccinated, and don’t socially distance, the evidence (stupid science!) shows that you can kill others

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    How help me understand how not getting a vaccine affects others that have gotten it? If the vaccine works you have nothing to worry about form those that done. Have you worried about your polio, mumps, measels and such. You have the right under the sky to get a vaccine and now cause you and others are soooooo scared you get to force everyone to get it. I”m not an anti or a for………..but I would never care if you do or don’t. I have kids, and a wife. I got the vax, but why would I care if someone else didn’t. Let along try like you to claim that they are killing folks. This has been and will forever be the death of us all is this kind of thinking and blaming. IF YOU GOT YOUR SUPER VAX, HWY OH WHY ARE YOU SCARED OF SOMEONE WHO DOESN’T. YOU ARE VACCINATED…………WOW.

  29. I got the 2 shots but I say Amen to Cole. Greatest Country because we have the greatest freedoms.
    Who are we to judge either side of the stupidty spewed the past 2 years?
    Live in peace not forcing your ideas on others.

  30. It’s the NFLs and owners right to create whatever rules they want. Can’t in one breath say it’s fair to effectively blackball Kap because it’s bad for business, and then say it’s not fair to make life difficult on non vaccinated players, even tho being non vaccinated is bad for business/team success. However, the rules are incredibly stupid. Either the vaccine works and people who got their shots need to stop being scared of those who didn’t, or the vaccine doesn’t work and thus people shouldn’t be getting it. Those are the only two options.

  31. It’s clowns like Beasley that are going to cause the U.S. to shut down again. You’d think looking back on history and the impacts vaccines had, perhaps he’d be wiser instead of relying on “God’s will” for cures. Let’s hope he doesn’t go into politics after he retires.

  32. Selfish, ignorant fool.
    Beasley, keep your COVID Cooties to Yourself and don’t spray on anyone.
    How many notable people have derided COVID and/or being vaccinated, only to contract COVID and weep about how stupid they were?
    Speaking of selfish, ignorant fools, how’s Ted crawling-to-the-bathroom Nugent doing?

  33. The NFL is based on science with TVs and planes for travel and such.
    These anti-science fools should stick to their beliefs, drop all technology, and go hunting in the woods with pointy sticks.

    No cars, no AC, no phones, no lights, no fire beside the occasional lightning strike.
    Just like we were made.

  34. This is Cole setting a table for the inevitable. He won’t be a Bill opening day imo.

    Outstanding article!

  35. Isn’t ?dude part of the NFLPA? Call out your player representative. I see his part of the opinion, but I also don’t see the bills saying they will cut him. By all means, it’s his right to quit the NFL, good WR he is, they will be ok. My job hasn’t required me to come back or required us to get vaccinated, but when they do ask to come back in they have separated our cubicles far apart, to bad I won’t get to just lean over and chat with my colleagues without getting up. Also, we will still be required to wear masks outside out of our personal cubicles. Wish I could just quit, but I need my salary. Suck it up.

  36. Beasley is being willfully ignorant. See a few comments on here that say if you’re vaccinated then you shouldn’t care or shouldn’t be scared, that’s very short sighted. There are people that want to be vaccinated that can’t be yet such as pregnant women and people with specific allergies, also, kids. You can say the numbers for kids are very low (and they are), but I, for one, would do everything in my power not to be the cause of someone else getting sick.

    The other argument people make is freedom and liberty, there is responsibility to freedom and responsibility. You can’t just go out willy-nilly and do whatever you want. It’s not just individual freedom, but the whole country and all the people within it. Need to make responsible choices as they affect others. Just saying “I don’t want to” is BS.

  37. Sounds like a guy like me “could live every day like its your last”, you never know when your time is up.could be the next five mins”who knows” am i afraid ……NO…….DID I enjoy my life YES.
    The covid shot i’d agree we all don’t know the long term affects”2yrs,3yrs,5yrs”.
    LIKE HE SAID ,just watch where you go and do “IT’S called SELF AWARENESS”
    I’ll take my chances

  38. Name one vaccine out there that has had long term effects found after 6 months of use. As far as I’m aware, there isn’t one out there. This is one of the reasons why it’s authorized by the FDA and not approved, they will wait 2 years (I believe) before it’s approved, even though nothing has changed.

  39. The difference between this vax and polio, mumps, etc is those were tested and approved for many years before release. This was thrust on us in nano seconds. To those of you “vaxxers”, I wonder if Cole caught the winning TDP in the SB and threw the ball in the stands if you would catch it or duck?

  40. stop making this a right vs left thing. i know plenty of right who have been vaxed, and plenty of left who have not

  41. catquick says:
    June 18, 2021 at 7:05 pm
    The difference between this vax and polio, mumps, etc is those were tested and approved for many years before release. This was thrust on us in nano seconds. To those of you “vaxxers”

    *********
    BINGO , THANK YOU

  42. The arrogance of the pro-vax crowd is astounding. I guarantee none of them are actual doctors. I’m not anti-vax but I still respect every individuals right to do what they want with their own body. My grandfather lived to 101, not by avoiding vaccines, but by minding his own business.

  43. He’s just running away from his shepard. Unlike most of you sheep, who would rather be corralled

  44. catquick says:
    June 18, 2021 at 7:05 pm
    The difference between this vax and polio, mumps, etc is those were tested and approved for many years before release. This was thrust on us in nano seconds. To those of you “vaxxers”, I wonder if Cole caught the winning TDP in the SB and threw the ball in the stands if you would catch it or duck?

    7 7 Rate Down

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    Wrong. We get new flu vaccines every fall that are adjusted based on a projected seasonal strain.

    Those vaccines are finalized and produced quickly as well. You people continue to prove you don’t understand science and medicine basics.

  45. Unless I missed it, I didn’t see where Bealey said he was “anti” anything. He’s pro-choice, is all. To believe in gun rights, abortion rights fall under the same principle. The right to choose.

    The issue here, as always, is money. Corporations such as NFL franchises or TV networks want games to be played and advertisers to pay top dollar.

    Only way this will be jeopardized is if the players unify and take a stand — with both vaccinated and un-vaccinated players standing together. Imagine that!

  46. You self righteous pro jab believers are so intolerable. There are people dying from the jab and or have long term side effects, you are the experiment! So acting all high and mighty like you know what’s best for everyone just needs to stop. You are just pathetic followers

  47. The vaccine only has emergency approval, it takes 5 to 10 years to bring a vaccine to market. There were no clinical trials, news flash you are the trial Big Pharma has said as much. Now I expect the “Powers That Be” will kill this but it is true, we shall see.

  48. Maybe he should go make another horrible rap album, instead of taking the NFL money.

  49. You self righteous pro jab believers are so intolerable. There are people dying from the jab and or have long term side effects, you are the experiment!

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    Lets place your argument in proper perspective. The mRNA vaccine technique is well studied for over 10 years. What is novel is the DNA sequencing which is designed to replicate Coronavirus IMMUNE RESPONSE in the body. By now, id say the effects of Covid and the vaccine have similar knowledge levels within medicine including long term effects. What is different is the death rate. The disease is millions of times worse. So, go ahead and make your faulty risk judgement. I’m sure you will be fine.

  50. The founding fathers would be so angry that you have to drive with the flow of traffic and pay for the internet!!!
    -manbaby crying about freedoms

  51. I think seat belts are good..drunk driving is bad ..smoking in enclosed spaces is bad..spreading Covid to other people is bab..that’s why we have rules and laws because selfish idiotic people don’t do the right thing..this is not a complex issue ..we all are part of the same planet

  52. Regardless of the vaxing stance, the issue here is how a personal decision impacts the team. He won’t be able to attend in person meetings, lift weights as frequently, travel with the team, etc, and if he is exposed or gets COVID, he can’t practice or play. That hurts the team, creates inefficiencies and could result in losses. Some one above accurately noted how this guy kept focusing on I and me – not the team. That alone is a reason to call him a dope.

  53. Why should somebody not at risk get vaccinated? Majority of you dopes knew nothing of flu stats before this insanity

  54. thesnakestabler says:
    June 18, 2021 at 5:07 pm
    This country was once built on the backs of those people that believed in liberty, freedom and the American way, so sad that it seems we have now lost those beliefs.

    His body, his life, his choice.

    283 238 Rate This

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    Yes you are correct about those people “that believed in liberty, freedom and the American way”, and oh so many of those people died horribly from various ailments easily treated by modern medicine, most of all vaccines. And virtually all of them likely would have jumped at the opportunity for them and their family to not died or get seriously ill.

    Look I get that medicine isn’t perfect, just like everything in life, but I’ll take my chances believing in people who spend their lives studying these things endlessly, and have been collectively been responsible for keeping the bulk of humanity alive a lot longer than they would be if nature was left alone to run amuck on the human body.

  55. Er, Bills management has determined that fans cant come into their stadium unless vaccinated. Last I checked, the field of play was in the stadium. Appreciate your retirement speech tho, bro

  56. So, is Beasley vaccinated from Polio, Measles, Mumps, etc? Are his kids vaccinated against any diseases? Same thing, dude

  57. I,I,I,me,me,me.

    It’s simple Beasley, you have 3 options as an NFL player.
    1) get vaccinated
    2) don’t get vaccinated and follow the company rules and regulations for the unvaccinated, or
    3) quit, resign, “hit the road jack”.

  58. Sounds like he’s already retired, telling me how much money he’s made, how his family is set for life. We fans, who paid you, still have to go to work everyday and deal with this. Good riddance bub.

  59. You are an average receiver. I’m sure Starbucks is hiring unvaccinated personal and you can be a star there.

  60. “According to WebMD (stupid doctors!) Covid can cause erectile dysfunction and impotence. It can also cause shrinkage down there. You’d think this would make guys go running to get vaccinated.”

    I think the main reason you see people not getting this vaccine are that WebMD doesn’t have answers for long term effects of this particular vaccine. Most of my family is vaccinated, some definitely are not, but this isn’t the thing I am going to draw the line on.

    The term anti-vaxxer is used a lot but I think the vast majority of people who are leery of this particular vaccine have received the standard rounds of vaccines as children, and there children as well. How that gets twisted up into magical crystals and microchips is just those outlandish things people like to drop in to make what could be a logical discussion something entirely different.

  61. What a great country we live in that Mr. Beasley had the absolute right to say what he thinks. I for one, will fight for this right.

    Now that we got that understood, someone needs to educate Mr. Beasley that there is also consequences for actions. If he doesn’t get vaccinated there are protocols to follow. If Mr. Beasley doesn’t like that alternative he should find lots of opportunities to take his skill set elsewhere and join another football league or retire and enjoy the good life.

    I am also assuming Beasley never went to a school that required vaccinations and doesn’t have kids that go to a school that requires students be vaccinated against all sorts of diseases/illnesses. Mr. Beasley doesn’t want to take a shot for a broken leg if he doesn’t have a broken leg, good call. I guess he and his kids don’t need shots for measles and mumps. What about a tetanus shot? Why wear seat bets or a motorcycle helmet if you haven’t had an accident or don’t plan to. Why should you be forced to have auto and home insurance?

    Cole, a famous patriot, not a New England Patriot, once said, “I do not agree with what you say, but I will defend with my life, your right to say it.” Great quote. Maybe now you can learn about consequences of actions. I hope you enjoy retirement where you can be as selfish and self-centered as you so choose. What a great country where we have options!

  62. Love it!
    It’s time for more people to start calling out this farce, CDC website & Johns Hopkins both say 99.8% of people Worldwide & in the USA survive this “virus” when diagnosed.

    0.02% fatality rate, these are FACTS, crybabies.

  63. touchback6 says:
    June 18, 2021 at 7:43 pm
    catquick says:
    June 18, 2021 at 7:05 pm
    The difference between this vax and polio, mumps, etc is those were tested and approved for many years before release. This was thrust on us in nano seconds. To those of you “vaxxers”, I wonder if Cole caught the winning TDP in the SB and threw the ball in the stands if you would catch it or duck?

    7 7 Rate Down

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    Wrong. We get new flu vaccines every fall that are adjusted based on a projected seasonal strain.

    Those vaccines are finalized and produced quickly as well. You people continue to prove you don’t understand science and medicine basics.

    ————-j

    And thanks to “science” a low percentage of perfectly healthy people have taken the vaccine and have DIED. That’s the issue causing the hesitancy , GENIUS. 300 Indonesians also were hospitalised. its a low ratio, but smart guy NO ONE SHOULD DIE OR HAVE ADVERSE reactions to the vaccine. There will never be 70% vax this year, and thats for a reason.

    Its his body, his choice. No one will like the fact that employers were force them to. Its a control method, but you blind people cant see it.

    Amen, Cole Beasley, as well as Montez Sweatt and Josh Allen are also uncomfortable with taking it.

    And it isn’t side effects that occur now .. its the side effects THREE YEARS from now. It WASNT READY. Thats why they were adverse side effects. Stop going to the” only 2% of the vaccinated populace is affected by adverse reactions –
    THERE SHOULD BE NO SIDE EFFECTS. When the cure is worse than the disease, enough!

  64. I’m with Cole, Josh and whoever on their decision to not get the Vax . This vaccine is not safe and is deemed as an Emergency Use. Not enough testing has been done for it to be safe. Also if you have God in your heart then getting this Vaccine goes against the Lord. They are using aborted fetus in the vaccines. That would be the most innocent blood that can be shed.
    I personally am against the Vaccine and Masks. Neither of them prevent anything and it has been proven over and over again. I refuse to willingly gone against God for anyone. If you are for the Vax then that is your choice. Don’t judge others for making theirs or try ruining their life over it.

  65. I am a scientist and what the general public doesn’t know yet is there is significant evidence emerging that supports man buns increase pressure to the cranium and decreases intelligence.

    Mr. Beasely and everyone else who thinks like he does, I support your decision to not be vaccinated but I find your rationale and ignorance to the consequences of your decision to be entertaining.

  66. Just because you get the vaccine doesn’t mean you are protected against getting Covid! There are plenty of cases of catching covid even after getting the vaccine. As a few have pointed out, it was only approved for emergency use! Quit shaming Cole for exercising his right.

  67. My landlady who happens to work in the healthcare field and was among the first to receive the vaccine contracted COVID a month later. My ex who is a nurse is telling me about coworkers getting painful rashes that started at the injection site and spread down their arm and across their chest after getting vaccinated. That doesn’t sound particularly safe OR effective NO MATTER HOW SMALL THE PERCENTAGE of these cases. As for those that want to insult someone for making a PERSONAL choice well, how do you feel about abortion? The right to bear arms such as an AR-15 which isn’t a hunting rifle? Seems to be a lot of disingenuous people out there.

  68. Everyone will eventually either get Covid or get vaccinated. The 2nd option is much easier on ones body.

  69. barfbag says:
    June 20, 2021 at 10:59 am
    Just because you get the vaccine doesn’t mean you are protected against getting Covid! There are plenty of cases of catching covid even after getting the vaccine. As a few have pointed out, it was only approved for emergency use! Quit shaming Cole for exercising his right.

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    He absolutely has the right to exercise his right of free speech and to say he won’t get vaccinated. He also has to accept the fact that his employer may have consequences for his not getting vaccinated.

  70. And if any of his relatives unfortunately passes away from him infecting them with Covid-19 it will be God’s will not a blatant disregard for the personal safety of others. Who’s to say the vaccine isn’t God’s will?

  71. nolaniskeshonsdad says:
    June 20, 2021 at 4:07 pm
    My landlady who happens to work in the healthcare field and was among the first to receive the vaccine contracted COVID a month later. My ex who is a nurse is telling me about coworkers getting painful rashes that started at the injection site and spread down their arm and across their chest after getting vaccinated. That doesn’t sound particularly safe OR effective NO MATTER HOW SMALL THE PERCENTAGE of these cases. As for those that want to insult someone for making a PERSONAL choice well, how do you feel about abortion? The right to bear arms such as an AR-15 which isn’t a hunting rifle? Seems to be a lot of disingenuous people out there.
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    There’s a difference between a personal choice and a communal choice. Unlike with abortion and bearing arms, Covid-19 affects other people. What’s disingenuous is equating a small chance of a vaccine reaction to a higher risk of long term hospitalization and\or death.

  72. catquick says:
    June 18, 2021 at 7:05 pm
    The difference between this vax and polio, mumps, etc is those were tested and approved for many years before release. This was thrust on us in nano seconds. To those of you “vaxxers”, I wonder if Cole caught the winning TDP in the SB and threw the ball in the stands if you would catch it or duck?

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    There’s a difference between waiting and refusing.

    With the Spanish flu in 1918, unlike today, there were no effective vaccines or antivirals, drugs to treat that flu. As a result 500 million people were infected and 50 million died. History has already proven how much worse it can be leaving Covid-19 unchecked. Fast forward 100+ years where science has introduced a proverbial lifeline to avoid the same disaster and we are dealing with people who simply refuse to learn from the past. With the age of entitlement comes complaints about how the lifeline infringes on personal choice and conformity. For no reason other than pure ignorance and utter anathema to being told what to do. The sad truth of the matter is the world wouldn’t be a better a place if all the “vaxxers” gave up hope on the entitled non-science believers.

  73. I don’t care if he gets vaccinated or not but he seems to think that decision should carry no consequences at all and that everybody should just pretend he DID get the shot and give him all the same privileges as vaccinated players get.

  74. I was once a Cole Beasley fan. But now he exhibits the most vile disease of all; the total lack of respect for the very teammates he claims to love. Hypocrite Cole.

  75. Ever notice that when you hear the phrase, “double down”, things generally aren’t going too well for the person doing the doubling?

  76. First, the vaccine is a phenomenal scientific accomplishment. The vaccine is ending a pandemic and the countless deaths of innocent people. It is an extremely safe vaccine.

    Finally what is the NFL all about? It’s about gaining a competitive advantage on the field. That’s why it is a copy cat league, a league that constantly tries to find a crack in the rules or procedures in an attempt to gain a competitive advantage.
    The guidelines are clearly a competitive advantage for those teams who vaccinate over and above the mandated threshold. It is a no brainer to vaccinate.

    And to play this out like Beasley attempting, to make this a “Freedoms” argument is so disingenuous on his part and blows back in the face of a multitude of actions he takes every season attempting to gain a personal and team competitive advantage.. His argument is moronic from a science standpoint and laughable from a football standpoint…

  77. As a Libertarian, I have spent my life listening to Liberals fight the “My body my choice” battle with Conservatives telling them the government has a right to force them to behave a certain way. Now I get to enjoy listening to these same Conservatives scream that their personal rights would be violated of forced to vaccinate. Very funny to watch from my viewpoint as both sides effectively cancel each other’s arguments. The Dems and Repubs need to meet in a smoke filled room and choose which party is on the side of personal liberty and which is on the side of govt. control because, right now, they all look ridiculous.

  78. Go ahead and retire. Good riddance. Vaccine hesitancy = selfish ignorance. We have a chance to eradicate this virus, but may be blowing it with stalled vaccination rates. I fear a “red state” Covid resurgence in the fall, which was totally preventable. Damn shame.

  79. No ones forcing him to vaccinate. He can wine all he wants to. Don’t vaccinate and put up with the restrictions or retire. His choice, but quit acting like your some kind of patriot fighting for his freedom who somehow has better information than the medical community. The truth is he’s just another ignorant right winger who’d rather believe in conspiracies and social media garbage than science.

  80. Mother Nature lives by her own laws and is built to address via natural selection which the vaccines are allowing participating populations to circumvent. I have been thinking recently about how the anti-vax view is approaching the pinnacle of our privilege as a society – imagine how incredible the smallpox or polio vaccines were when they were offered to long suffering populations. The Pfizer / Moderna vaccines at min have been shown to be extremely effective as each new variant comes forward so the flip side of that privilege is those interested in the vaccine are able to protect themselves. Will be an interesting year of the ‘haves’ and ‘have nots’ as long as the vaccines continue to protect with each new and more dangerous variant. I am a Packer fan and wish my off-season distractions involved a declining wide receiver and his misplaced view on freedom … IE you are absolutely free not to vaccinate and your employer is absolutely free to provide a set of rules associated with your choice. If you don’t like those rule you are free to find happiness elsewhere…

  81. The problem with people today is they don’t just worry about their own lives. Just citizens with no power try to control everyone else’s lives, just worry about your own. The flu was around every year and if you were wearing a mask you were looked at as being weird, now your considered a bad person if you don’t. Getting vaccinated is a CHOICE and getting vaccinated doesn’t mean you won’t get sick or it won’t be as bad. I trust my body to fight off sickness that is what your immune system is there for. Everyone needs to get off their high horse and stop trying to control people and their actions.

  82. Luckily, “No reasonable person” would listen to Cole Beasley. The Pandemic is about protecting other people, like those who are not vaccinated- like under 12 years of age(or your fellow team members). Reasonable people would care enough about children and get vaccinated to achieve herd immunity. Unfortunately, too many people are unreasonable.

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