Cole Beasley takes issue with Michael Irvin’s link between vaccines and desire to win

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Hall of Fame receiver Michael Irvin has made the obvious connection between COVID vaccinations and victories in 2021, given the competitive advantages that flow from having as many players as possible on a given team vaccinated. And Irvin is right; the teams with the most vaccinated players will operate under 2019 rules. Those that don’t will deal with the hassles and annoyances of 2020’s COVID protocols, along with the day-in, day-out possibility of players returning a positive test.

One player who has become the unofficial leader of the NFL’s anti-vaxx movement disagrees with Irvin.

That’s not what that means,” Bills receiver Cole Beasley tweeted in response to PFT’s story regarding Irvin’s remarks. “You can be vaccinated and not do all the right things football wise to be at your best. All it means is players are gonna be out there with covid and we won’t know cause they only get tested once a week so the NFL can make their money.”

Beasley’s facts are a little off. Vaccinated players will be tested once every two weeks, not every week. Also, unvaccinated players who will be tested every single day will constantly be at risk of ending up on the COVID reserve list on Saturday or Sunday. If that happens to a key player, the team will have to pivot to a replacement, quickly.

Also, yes, Beasley is absolutely right when he says that the NFL wants to play its games and make its money. This allows the players to make their money, too. After all, it’s a multi-billion-dollar for-profit enterprise. For the players to get paid, the league needs to get paid. Beasley, who has made millions and will make several million more this year (unless the Bills cut him), shouldn’t be complaining about the NFL making the money that becomes his salary.

As to Beasley’s contention that a player “can be vaccinated and not do all the right things football wise to be at your best,” he’s technically right. Irvin’s point is that the players who are committed to maximum performance and availability will view the question of whether to get vaccinated not as a political statement or the potential implementation of microchips into their bodies but as another box to check on the path to a potential championship. And if a player is able to set aside the misinformation and other nonsense and get vaccinated in the name of winning, he’s more likely to do all the other things he needs to do to help his team win.

Beasley’s refusal to see the clear connection between maximum vaccination rates and maximizing the chances of competing against other NFL franchises shouldn’t come as a surprise. Beasley has decided that he’s not getting the vaccine, and nothing anyone says will change his mind — no matter how logical or persuasive it may be.

That’s the bigger problem the country currently faces. Those who refuse to get vaccinated will not suddenly say, “Hey, you’re right!” in response to constant haranguing from those who have gotten the vaccine. It will require something bigger than that to get their attention.

The fact that ultra-competitive pro athletes who routinely set aside their personal preferences in the name of greater good won’t even consider setting aside their desire not to be vaccinated in the interests of helping the team proves how difficult it will be to get the average person to change his or her mind at this point.

79 responses to “Cole Beasley takes issue with Michael Irvin’s link between vaccines and desire to win

  1. I’m fully vaccinated, but Irvin’s comments make it sound like winning a game of football is the only thing that’s important in life.

  2. Beasley is gonna keep running his mouth and find himself watching games at home.

  3. NFL Players Association agreed to these rules. It is what it is. If players don’t like it, they can vote out the current leadership of the players association. Until then, these are the rules. Deal with it. If expressing your vaccine philosophy is more important to you than playing, that’s your choice. But if you want to play, follow the rules.

  4. Beasley is not very bright. I like him as a player, but man is he misinformed. I hope reason prevails over stubbornness!

  5. FDA still has not approved ANY vaccine. They are all just authorized for “Emergency Use”. Let that sink in.

  6. I could have sworn he said he’d never talk about his feelings about the COVID vaccine again

  7. thought beasly said he was gonna stop talking about this? didn’t he go on record and say he was done, didn’t want to be a distraction to his team?

  8. Easy solution. Give every NFL player a choice. Take the Red pill or the Blue pill. One pill contains the vaccine. The other contains the virus. Both pills will give them the anti-bodies they need to reduce effects of future infections.

  9. 48% of New Covid Cases are from fully vaccinated individuals. That’s a Fact Jack!

  10. It’s simple. If you don’t get your team Vaccinated and somebody gets covid Then you get into players having to quarantine and miss games because you didn’t get vaccinated. It’s not that hard to connect the dots. Unfortunately A lot of these guys are scared of the boogey man. Who knows where they are getting their information from.

  11. I mean, I’m not going back to work being fully vaccinated and have to wear a mask because someone next to me didn’t get the shot. That’s on them, the vaccination is out there.

  12. Just because you are vaccinated does not mean you cannot test positive for COVID. Irvin is an idiot. My body my choice right?

  13. I would make getting the vaccine mandatory. You cannot practice or play or get paid if you are unprotected. PERIOD. Playing in the NFL is not a right it is a privilege. All of the 130 people in Maryland who died of COVID – 19 in June were not vaccinated. We cannot work together to end this pandemic unless we ALL work together.

  14. The most important ability is availability. By not being vaccinated you run the risk of harming yourself, other people and missing playing time. In addition to subjecting yourself to all the protocols for the unvaccinated. Is it really worth the risk?

  15. NFL would be wise to institute this policy if a game can’t be played due to a COVID outbreak, automatic forfeit and a big fat Loss.

  16. I swear to.god if Cole Beasley tests positive and has to sit out a playoff game ima be …..LIVID

  17. Take it from Michael Irvin. He’s right. That dude has put plenty of things in his bloodstream and lived to tell about it, Cole.

  18. If you get vaccinated and the vaccine works, then it shouldn’t matter if ANYONE else is vaccinated. The problem is, the vaccine DOESN’T prevent you from getting the virus, so what’s the point of the vaccine again?

  19. Getting vaccinated should be mandatory and if it’s against the law change the law!

  20. This whole argument is stupid. If a vaccinated player tests positive, they have to sit out the game too. The only difference is they are tested less often.

  21. Imagine having to forfeit a regular season game or worse a playoff game due to players like Cole Beasley. I’m sure his teammates would be thrilled!

  22. One of Cole’s own teammates, Tommy Sweeney, was sidelined all last season due to covid complications. There was concern that he’d never play football again. I’d like Cole to explain to Tommy why he thinks vaccines are for suckers.

  23. Going up against a dangerous in-common foe shoulder-to-shoulder with your neighbor is a fundamental expectation of being an American. Sitting on your hands and watching and letting others do the heavy lifting while benefitting from their unselfish and proactive acts is un-American, unpatriotic, and selfish. Trust the science, not your fishing buddy’s cousin or your wife’s hairdresser.

  24. I’m not big on vaccines that put a small amount of a live virus in you. I’ve never had a flu shot. But when you get covid, it’s a lifelong deal. You don’t get over the permanent organ damage. Your body could start breaking down, having strokes, etc., in a few years or sooner. There aren’t any risks associated with the mRNA vaccines. Some loser politicians and some right wing propaganda media outlets would love to see our economy shut down, and millions of Americans die, so they can blame Biden and win back the white house. That’s why these people are spreading all the nonsense, and uneducated folks are believing them. Beasley is one of those uneducated folks.

  25. I find it funny so the one thing many have against the vaccine is that it doesn’t stop you from getting the virus. Well if you were smart you would know that no vaccine including the flu shot completely prevent you from catching a virus. The purpose of vaccines is to limit the severity of the virus and to help you quickly fight it.

  26. bkinacti0n says:
    July 19, 2021 at 2:17 pm

    I’m fully vaccinated, but Irvin’s comments make it sound like winning a game of football is the only thing that’s important in life.
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    To be successful at a major professional sport, you really do have to believe that. Look at how many athletes says as much when they experience a tragedy and note “Now I know what’s really important in life.”

  27. Beasley is what I like to call “confidently incorrect.” The delta variant is exponentially more contagious than prior CV19 variants. Scientists tell us that if you are unvaccinated, it is a virtual certainty that the virus will eventually find you. His comments are not going to age well.

  28. I find it sad that if a player gets suspended fir smoking weed, some fans say you gotta play by the rules, but if the rules say or want you to get vaccinated then it’s a personal choice. Let’s be serious, if COVID say killed you in less then 48hrs once contracted, people with Beasley’s view on getting vaccines would be the first in line.

  29. If the vaccine works, then the players who received it, should not get COVID. Only players that have not received it are at risk of getting COVID. I don’t understand all the comments against Beasley if that is the case. If he or any other player doesn’t want to get the vaccine, that should be their choice. Why should government or anyone else pressure someone to get a vaccine that was just recently created and has not been approved by the FDA. I have received the vaccine myself because I chose to. However, I don’t think it is anyone’s place to condemn his choice not to get vaccinated. Perhaps I am missing something here.

  30. 250dollarnflowner says:
    July 19, 2021 at 3:15 pm
    FDA still has not approved ANY vaccine. They are all just authorized for “Emergency Use”. Let that sink in.
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    You do know that the FDA issues a EUA when the known and potential benefits outweigh the known and potential risks, perhaps you’d rather still be waiting for the vaccine to go through more trials and the data to be reviewed and the paperwork to be filed. I’ll bet you got the vaccine though.

  31. The rebel in Beasley will cut his time in the NFL short. A shrink might be a good for him.

  32. 48% of New Covid Cases are from fully vaccinated individuals. That’s a Fact Jack!

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    Source and data please, and Q doesn’t count.

  33. Is it reasonable to question the efficacy and/or full range of risks related to the vaccine when it was produced so rapidly and is not yet FDA approved? I’m fully vaxed fwiw. But I dont judge or shame free thought on personal decisions, as the science and data supports the risk being overblown (ie, a sub 40 yr old athlete being hospitalized). And to the retort that it is not about the person but about infecting others, if those others are vaxed (and older population) why are they so steadfast in pressuring others to do so?

  34. 48% of New Covid Cases are from fully vaccinated individuals. That’s a Fact Jack!

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    Interesting, where is this source of information? Nobody, including the CDC is tracking breakthrough COVID cases in the US.

    Here is an actual facts that the CDC has been tracking, 97% of people hospitalized by covid-19 are unvaccinated. If you are vaccinated, you are less likely to transmit it to others. If you are vaccinated, your odds of having serious symptoms are much lower than otherwise.

  35. We have seen in other sports how “vaccinated” players still caught it and were deactivated. If the vaccine doesn’t actually prevent one from catching it (and transmitting it), is it really a vaccine? It reminds me of Joe Rogan watching fake martial artists and comments on their BS. Rogan needs to react to this drivel as well.

  36. jjackwagon says:
    July 19, 2021 at 4:59 pm
    If you get vaccinated and the vaccine works, then it shouldn’t matter if ANYONE else is vaccinated. The problem is, the vaccine DOESN’T prevent you from getting the virus, so what’s the point of the vaccine again?
    ++++++++++++++++++++++
    This statement ignores the science that viruses mutate. As long as the virus thrives and finds hosts to help it spread, it will remain in society. On the othe hand, if the virus cannot find hosts to replicate it, it dies off.

    Nothing is 100% effective, but that does not make them worthless. vaccines save lives.

  37. 250dollarnflowner says:
    July 19, 2021 at 3:15 pm
    FDA still has not approved ANY vaccine. They are all just authorized for “Emergency Use”. Let that sink in.

    298 569 Rate This

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    A GED doesn’t get you very far in this world. Let that sink in.

  38. polandlaker says:
    July 19, 2021 at 3:33 pm
    48% of New Covid Cases are from fully vaccinated individuals. That’s a Fact Jack!

    This is literally the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard!

  39. It’s one thing to take a stand on something arguably with multiple outcomes. But the vaccination issue ain’t one of them. What more statistical date is needed? The vaccine is incredibly safe. It is incredibly effective. 97% of those currently in hospitals due to complications form Covid 19 are UNVACCINATED… What more needs to be shown?? Anyone arguing a point of freedom by supporting an agent of death needs to be placed in a reality class for the duration of his pandemic..

  40. All the hypocrites yelling “my body, my choice “ are the same idiots who back legislature to block women from having an abortion

  41. Going up against a dangerous in-common foe shoulder-to-shoulder with your neighbor is a fundamental expectation of being an American. Sitting on your hands and watching and letting others do the heavy lifting while benefitting from their unselfish and proactive acts is un-American, unpatriotic, and selfish. Trust the science please, not your fishing buddy’s cousin or your wife’s hairdresser.

  42. Cole Beasley is a selfish idiot, & honestly I really don’t care what he has to say now or before the whole pandemic started

  43. touchback6 says:
    July 20, 2021 at 12:15 am
    250dollarnflowner says:
    July 19, 2021 at 3:15 pm
    FDA still has not approved ANY vaccine. They are all just authorized for “Emergency Use”. Let that sink in.

    ________________________________________________________________________________________

    A GED doesn’t get you very far in this world. Let that sink in.

    _______________________________________________________________________________________

    I guess you know this from first hand experience, because nothing he said was wrong.

  44. Unvaccinated people that have the ability to get the shot are either misinformed, sheep to their news source, dumb, don’t care about their loved ones or humanity.
    That’s what Cole represents

  45. perhaps beasley just needs to buy a house where he and his team mates can smoke Crack and have sex with strange women like irving did…
    .
    that’s giving 110%
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    if you take medical advice from a doctor, always get a second opinion.
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    never take medical advice from an ex athlete

  46. 250dollarnflowner says:
    July 19, 2021 at 3:15 pm
    FDA still has not approved ANY vaccine. They are all just authorized for “Emergency Use”. Let that sink in.

    ———————————————-

    We declared a state of emergency in this country when only 3,000 people approx. died from 9/11. Over 650,000 Americans have died from Covid. And now there is a vaccine. Let that sink in.

  47. if you take medical advice from a doctor, always get a second opinion.
    .
    never take medical advice from an ex athlete

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    Just EX athletes? Or are you inclined to take advice from Beasley because hes a current athlete and probably aligns with your beliefs?

  48. charliecharger says:
    July 19, 2021 at 9:08 pm
    I’m not big on vaccines that put a small amount of a live virus in you.

    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    Then you’re in luck! This is from the CDC website. Its’s easy to find. This injection is a protein builder that works. No live virus. Pass the word. Thanks for passing the truth along to everyone Charlie. Keep it up. Have a nice day.

    Facts about COVID-19 mRNA Vaccines
    They cannot give someone COVID-19.

    mRNA vaccines do not use the live virus that causes COVID-19.
    They do not affect or interact with our DNA in any way.

    mRNA never enters the nucleus of the cell, which is where our DNA (genetic material) is kept.
    The cell breaks down and gets rid of the mRNA soon after it is finished using the instructions.

  49. The vaccine procedure development science has been around for DECADES….the covid vaccine is just a new strain & YEARS of how we attack & suppress a virus & possibly eliminate the virus is being applied to achieve that…. Just because it’s new doesn’t mean it’s not based on years of study & research……
    97% of people contracting covid in hospitals today did NOT GET VACCINATED…..THAT IS A MEDICALLY DOCUMENTED FACT!!!

  50. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Beasley is upset that he has to go through all the tests an protocols because he isn’t vaccinated. Again no player has been forced to take the vaccine. You don’t have to. it’s my understanding that if you’re not vaccinated you’re essentially isolated from your teammates. You don’t eat with them. During the season on the road you can’t leave your hotel. This was agreed to by the NFL and the NFLPA. If Beasley has a problem then he should take it up with his union.

  51. 97% of new hospitalizations are UNvaccinated people.
    source?
    just about every reliable informaton source there is.

  52. The vaccine worked just fine for Trump.

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    He got COVID in Sept 2020, got better a few weeks later. That was before he got the vaccine

    He didnt get the vaccine until January 2021. As far as I know, he hasnt caught COVID a second time.

  53. I wonder, Michael, is ingesting blow like candy and banging hoes illustrating a “will to win”

  54. abnotthatab says:
    July 20, 2021 at 11:11 am
    97% of new hospitalizations are UNvaccinated people.
    source?
    just about every reliable informaton source there is.

    2 1 Rate This

    Interesting, because the UK asserts that 60% of its hospitalized COVID patients are FULLY VACCINATED. Who to believe?

  55. How many dozens of high profile people have we read about just in the last two weeks that have been fully vaccinated and still gotten Covid?

    And to say the vaccine lessens the symptoms, now that’s something that CAN’T be proven, they don’t know how bad anyone would have been had they not gotten vaccinated so there’s absolutely nothing they can compare it to, it’s mearly speculation, nothing factual.

    BTW the way these so-called experts lie, tell half-truths and flip-flop from week to week which one would you believe? Personally I don’t believe any of them, it’s all about the money and many with ulterier motives will tell you whatever you need to hear to get you to take the vaccine!

    OH and this variant of the disease(Covid-19) has only been around for about 16-18mo depending on who you believe(and the Delta variant far less) so there are no true experts, you don’t become an expert in that short of a time frame. Would you go to a Doctoror or hire a plumber or electrican if they told you “I’m an expert, I’ve been doing this 16-18mo”?

  56. His choice, period.

    Doesn’t mean there won’t be consequences, but for those of you banging on Beasley for this, but then poo=pooing players getting popped for smoking weed, are you really that are you really that self unaware?

  57. I’m fully vaccinated, but I feel like I don’t have the right to tell anyone how they should feel or what decisions they should make when it comes to their own personal health. It will though, get ugly for Beasley if he comes down with COVID and his absence results in the Bills losing games. He’s a great slot receiver.

  58. My 32 year old neighbor was advised to get the jab. He died 4 days later (May 2021). Your chances of catching COVID are less than 10%. Then of those who are infected, the recovery rate is over 99.9%. Thinking is hard, it’s easier to just trust what the government says.

  59. With the Delta variant posing new risks, we may have to see a lot of people struggle and die to get the message across. So many people who’ve landed in the ICU have suddenly decided to promote getting the vaccine when they were dead set against it. Do you really have to stick your hand on a hot stove to realize how simple it is to not get burned? I am baffled. I hope the NFL and the players association can agree that it’s a no-brainer to protect the lives of these highly paid athletes as well as the success of the league and the message that they should be sending. Get the vaccine or find a new job.

  60. All this coverage is just giving Beasley “air time.” The dude is a just a middle of the road WR at best who’s benefited a lot in his career as a result of solid surrounding WRs. Who really cares what he thinks/does?

  61. I wonder how big of an overlap there is between players who aren’t going to get vaccinated and players who have taken all kinds of random/BS supplements or PEDs?

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