Citing desire to not be a “distraction,” Cole Beasley clams up on vaccine issue

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Bills receiver Cole Beasley said plenty last week about the rules regarding vaccinated and unvaccinated players. He now has something more to say: He’s done saying anything about it.

“I said all I needed to say,” Beasley told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “I’m just living a normal life from here on out. I’m not trying to sway anybody in either direction. That’s what I am doing and that’s the end of it.”

Beasley has no regrets for what he has said, but he has a very good reason for saying nothing more.

“I don’t want [to] be any more of a distraction to my team so that’s where I’m leaving it,” Beasley said.

The key word is distraction. The vaccination issue already has been a distraction for the Bills. If players with different viewpoints keep talking about such a polarizing issue, a full-blown schism could emerge.

Also, Beasley has $5.2 million riding the team deciding to keep him in 2021. If the Bills decide they’re not comfortable keeping Beasley around (ostensibly, the decision would be driven by football reasons), he could be traded to another team. But if, in a climate that has seen the salary-cap fall dramatically due to the pandemic, no one wants to take on his $4.7 million salary and $500,000 in per-game roster bonuses, Beasley could be cut — and then he would be forced to scramble to replace his expected earnings.

Beasley suggested last week that he’ll ignore the rules and pay the fines. In his comments to the Star-Telegram, he doesn’t say whether he will or won’t obey the rules negotiated jointly by the NFL and the NFL Players Association.

If Beasley won’t, the Bills eventually could decide, officially for football reasons, to move on from Beasley and to clear $5.2 million in cash and cap space.

39 responses to “Citing desire to not be a “distraction,” Cole Beasley clams up on vaccine issue

  1. People crying about Beasley not being able to express his opinions are the same people crying about Nassib coming out.

  2. The more covid-19 has the opportunity to be passed around by the unvaccinated, the more chance it has to mutate into a more dangerous or more easily transmitted version. Quit reading Facebook and go get vaccinated.

  3. It’s not his opinion people dislike … it’s his decision to risk spreading a potentially fatal disease to them by denying science in favor of crazy internet conspiracies.

  4. You can’t force anyone to take an experimental gene therapy drug without their consent. I’m sorry but that’s the facts. This drug is authorized for emergency use only.

  5. If someone else on the roster with a lower cap hit can do Beasley’s job, the team would seriously consider moving on from Beasley in any case. The vaccine issue would just make the decision easier.

  6. If the vaccine works, why would Beasley need one. Unless they actually don’t really work in that case someone isn’t telling the truth. As far as Nassib goes, his life if it makes him happy great!

  7. @Quid Pro Joe – True, it’s authorized for emergency use only. And guess what WE’RE IN A PANDEMIC. The only reason you don’t think we are any more is.. guess why.. Wait for it.. Figured it out yet? BECAUSE OF THE VACCINE WE’RE ALL TAKING.

    Guys like you, you put a fence up to keep the tigers away, and because the fence is working you think there’s no more tigers and take down the fence.

  8. minime says:

    June 22, 2021 at 7:44 pm

    Smart.
    But pretty sad when you can’t express an opinion any longer
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    Everyone is free to express their opinion but when what you express is that your not going to follow the rules that your union agreed to thag is where I and I’m sure many have the issue. I have no interest in debating vaccination/non-vaccination but this is no different than any rule in a workplace, you dont always like the rules but your expected to follow them AND if you openly say you wont follow the rules at work to where everyone knows(like he did in his interview)there will likely be repercussions.

  9. “Experts don’t yet know how long immunity will last. While scientists have seen that the vaccines will protect most people for the first few months after getting their second dose, they don’t have data on the long-term immunity these vaccines may provide.“

    Yes get vaccinated hahaha

  10. @singularitynow – A pandemic with a survival rate of 99.7%. Just stop with the bullying. People like you reinforcing why there is hesitation (the huge list of side effects is another motivator).

  11. @singularitynow The reason the virus cases are down is because the PCR test has been reduced from its prior amplification. You didn’t realize that the PCR test can be adjusted up and down in amplification, did you?

  12. mikebacker9090 — You are apparently unaware that none of the vaccines claim to be 100% effective. They, based a testing, have been proved to be anywhere from 74% to 95% effective. At that level of effectiveness, if virtually everyone is vaccinated we can reach “herd immunity” where the number of potential hosts is too small to allow the virus to spread and MUTATE. If too many people follow the Beasley path the virus will stick around and possibly mutate into something far worse. Get the vaccine.

  13. @billzbubb Having a healthy immunity is your best defense naturally. Eating donuts everyday after getting a vax won’t protect you or anyone else.

  14. Global health issue – many say vaccine personal choice even though the collective is better if everyone gets the shot so this thing goes away. Want to buy cell phone from a Chinese company. You can’t. Now your personal data suddenly becomes collective data. It’s all backwards.

  15. @mdt53vb I guess we need to ban vehicles and alcohol just in case someone is drunk driving. That’s the equivalent of what you posted. It’s a global issue. It deserves a global response.

  16. What a low IQ loser. Bills would be wise to move on. He’s overrated and Jon Jones owns him anyway.

  17. Quid Pro Joe says:
    June 22, 2021 at 7:58 pm
    You can’t force anyone to take an experimental gene therapy drug without their consent. I’m sorry but that’s the facts. This drug is authorized for emergency use only.

    —————

    You’re right. This isn’t an emergency. Just hundreds of thousands of people dying. Nothing to see here. Move along.

    SMH

  18. I don’t care if Cole Beasley is vaxed or not vaxed, and I don’t care why. The same league rules apply to all players, but you don’t see them whining about it.

  19. He’s not so much a distraction as an active threat to the health of everyone around him.

  20. Bit late for that, isn’t it? The genie’s out of the bottle. Beasley’s just trying to protect his salary. That’s it.

  21. Cole Beasley makes a lot of money because the NFL makes a lot of money.

    They want players vaccinated so no games are cancelled and they keep all the money they negotiated with the TV people.

    If Cole doesn’t get this, maybe a younger guy who could really use the money could replace him since he doesn’t seem to need it!

  22. minime says:
    June 22, 2021 at 7:44 pm
    Smart.
    But pretty sad when you can’t express an opinion any longer.

    He can express any opinion he wants to. And he can choose to respond to the comments anyway he wants to. He is choosing to stay silent because apparently the vocal majority or some perceived majority of people don’t want to hear it. That is called the free market. Kills me how people mistake Freedom of Speech with “Zero Consequences for Speaking.”

  23. One of the things about this pandemic, it really revealed the shocking levels of ignorance in our country.

  24. Sounds like someone told him to clam up. Maybe it was management, maybe it was his family, maybe some teammates. Maybe a combo of those. Whoever it was , it was good advice, because he was making an ass of himself.

  25. People crying about Beasley not being able to express his opinions are the same people crying about Nassib coming out.
    —–
    Nailed it 100%.

  26. Quid Pro Joe says:
    June 22, 2021 at 7:58 pm
    You can’t force anyone to take an experimental gene therapy drug without their consent. I’m sorry but that’s the facts. This drug is authorized for emergency use only.

    And I consider a pandemic an emergency.

  27. Vaxxer or anti-vaxxer, this is more about being a good teammate and giving the team the best chance to win. By not getting vaccinated, he weakens the team. Not to mention NFLers put much more dangerous drugs into their body every week in order to play or improve performance.

  28. Too late Cole, you’ve already become one. Glad you finally decided to shut up and play.

  29. So in other words, he got a phone call from someone high up in the org. and was told to keep his opinions to himself. Shape-up or ship-out.

  30. Vaccinated or not, you can still get COVID and you can still spread COVID…so tell me, what is the point?

  31. “But pretty sad when you can’t express an opinion any longer.”

    Beasley absolutely can express his opinion. And everyone else can express theirs. That’s how it works with freedom of speech.

  32. prophessor4 says:
    June 22, 2021 at 7:56 pm
    no chance the bills cut him. he was an important safety net for allen
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    Don’t place too many eggs in that basket. Beasley like every receiver not named Diggs can be replaced. Isaiah McKenzie could step into Beasley’s role with little to no difference in play. As a matter of fact, he might give the #Bills an advantage in terms of speed & elusiveness from the slot. Yes Beasley is one of the better Slot receivers in the game, but he’s lost some agility and has never really been elusive with the ball. He does most of his damage running the route, which McKenzie has gotten much better with over the past year or two. McKenzie caught 88.2% of passes thrown his way in 2020, which was a team best in players with 30+ targets.

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