Bills receiver Stefon Diggs (not Cole Beasley) reacts to non-vaccinated player forfeiture rule

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After an extended Twitter tirade on Tuesday regarding the NFL’s vaccination rules and the vaccine generally, Bills receiver Cole Beasley has been silent. After the news of Thursday’s memo from the NFL to all teams explaining that an outbreak among non-vaccinated players and/or staff that results in a cancellation will trigger a forfeiture, another Bills receiver had something to say.

Accountability . . . availability,” Stefon Diggs tweeted.

It’s always been that simple. Today’s memo simply raises the stakes.

Beasley may bristle at this, but the simple reality is that vaccinated players will be tested once every 14 days. They’re more likely to be available because they won’t be tested for two weeks after their most recent test. Thus, they can’t suddenly be unavailable.

Non-vaccinated players assume a daily risk of being immediately unavailable. because they’ll be tested every day.

Beasley has yet to tweet in response to today’s memo. However, it’s becoming harder and harder for anyone to argue that vaccination status doesn’t directly impact a team’s competitive interests. After today’s memo, it’s impossible to make the argument.

After today’s memo, every unvaccinated player who isn’t a franchise quarterback or otherwise untouchable due to skill or cap reasons is at risk of being cut.

33 responses to “Bills receiver Stefon Diggs (not Cole Beasley) reacts to non-vaccinated player forfeiture rule

  1. That sums it up. Be accountable for your actions and decisions, and be available to honor your commitment to the team (contract and players).

    The personal rights, self determination, “don’t tread on me” crowd sure do have difficulty when those affected by their decisions put up measures to protect themselves as is their own right to do.

    Let’s see more personal accountability in all areas of our lives.

  2. Big sigh of relief. Between Josh Allen and Cole Beasley, someone on the team needed to speak up to this stupidity. These knuckleheads talking about this being a “personal choice” to ignore science in favor of grandpa’s Facebook propaganda are lunatics and we shouldn’t be treating them like they’re normal.

  3. Diggs wants to win, Cole wants to cry like a baby… put that baby in the corner and lets win #GoBills #LetsGoBuffalo

  4. I mean at the end of the day this issue is pretty simple. The anti vaccine crowd is just living in an alternative reality from the rest of us.

  5. The Bills can win without Cole Beasley. They aren’t a playoff team without Josh Allen. Allen is the guy that needs to step up and get vaccinated for himself and the team. If he chooses not to his leadership and status as a franchise QB should be questioned by Bills management.

  6. I always thought Stefon Diggs was a good player, but he’s just gone up in my estimation as a Player, Buffalo Bill and Human Being.

    Well done Sir

  7. Won’t matter.
    Bills wont be in the Super Bowl.
    But if they are, they’ll lose AGAIN.

  8. The NFL’s policy reflects the basic tenet of the game – team over individual. As it should be.

  9. WTG Diggs! Simple and straight to the point. Not a bunch of psycho babble drivel.

  10. Every part of society should be doing this to weed these morons out around us.

  11. If this is about accountability then why are you forced to waive the liability of the vaccine company to recieve it? Why are they not held accountable for their own product they say is safe? Don’t talk to me about accountability when the company profiting can’t be held accountable.

  12. Let’s dig it on the field first. Vaccinated players think they’re safe, in reality, they’re the ones who will bring covid to others by testing every other 2 weeks. Oops, too late, playing sick and spreading your virus to your teammates.

  13. Per the journal nature:
    Researchers have identified that the delta variant incubates faster(as little as 2-3 days), and reproduces at a mind boggling faster rate when compared to the original strain. They found after 4 days delta had caused over 1,000 times MORE virus load in patients, compared to original strain after 6 days. They found that therefore people are shedding MUCH MORE virus, shedding it quicker. Events with large numbers are predictably going to become super spreader events where the virus hits a higher batting average and will get a higher percentage of attendees. To put it plainly this version is a much better agent of war than its earlier kin. We let this fire burn for too long we are going to discover another that makes this one look tame. If that’s the case the world is in even worse shape than before. Stunningly, after all this death, some of you still don’t understand that.

  14. Beasley may bristle at this, but the simple reality is that vaccinated players will be tested once every 14 days. They’re more likely to be available because they won’t be tested for two weeks after their most recent test. Thus, they can’t suddenly be unavailable.
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    No. That is wrong. The NFL’s procedures are actually counterproductive now. The delta variant is the latest boogeyman. The “experts” are claiming the vaccine is much less effective and people may need to revert back to shutdown procedures. Vaccinated people are contracting this variant. That means if vaccinated players are not tested for 14 days then there is a higher chance for a full blown outbreak as the exposure is increased the longer it takes to find out who has it. THAT means that more players could be exposed and more could become unavailable. That isn’t a position for or against vaccines. It is common sense and basic math.

  15. It’s simple, get the fda on board and many others will get vaccinated…. Why won’t they sign off?

  16. Are you accountable to a football team or your family and health? This country is throwing away their rights and freedoms to choose.

  17. how about we stop testing the vaccinated all together?

    this will never “go away” when you’re testing these people and inflating numbers in search of the asymptomatic. it’s asinine.

  18. Diggs just wants to win. At all costs. That’s why he’s the #1 dog in that WR room. There is ZERO argument that going unvaccinated will help you win games down the stretch.

  19. I mean at the end of the day this issue is pretty simple. The anti vaccine crowd is just living in an alternative reality from the rest of us.
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    That is not a fair statement. Some people have real concerns about what they are putting in their bodies. Testing of a vaccine can take up to a decade of trials. This one has been less than a year. NO ONE knows what the long term affects will be…This is why the FDA refuses to approve it and gives the vaccine an “authorization” and not an “approval” (legal jargon to protect itself). This is the same reason it is voluntary and not mandated. So no one an be sued later. Pfizer/moderna will go out of business or be sold off by then just like Monsanto. I am vaccinated. It was my choice, but I am not condemning those that do not. More and more people that have been vaccinated are starting to test positive. Where does it all end? Boosters for this variant, then for that variant, etc. To mask or no mask? 6ft or no 6ft… if you are vaccinated why do you care if other are not? You an still get the virus if you are vaccinated.

  20. “Not FDA approved nor any long term studies”

    FDA approved under an emergency authorization.
    Studies have been going on almost as long as the virus has been known.
    They are being published continuously as the data gets gathered and analyzed.

    That’s the science.

  21. Here’s something nobody says: “I can’t come into work today, I have smallpox”. Why? Because people didn’t make up reasons to not get vaccinated. They did the right thing and now we don’t have to worry about smallpox or polio anymore. Nobody cared about which side of the political aisle anyone was on. They listened to people whose job it was to study these things and not their neighbor’s friend who saw something on facebook.

  22. Imagine the Bills making the Super Bowl and then have several players out because of an infection with COVID or even having to forfeit the Super Bowl. Hard to imagine that the NFL would allow the Super Bowl to be forfeited, but the Bills appear to be a team of a certain destiny after Cole Beasley‘s comments, so be ready Bills Mafia. I wonder how they‘d smash tables after this…..

  23. The NFL is trying to portray themselves as the good guy. Why full $$$tadiums open to vaccinated and non vaccinated screaming fans? What could possibly go wrong with that?

  24. Testing of a vaccine can take up to a decade of trials.

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    Maybe in the 50’s and 60’s, but we have made a lot of technological advances since then that speed up the processes exponentially.

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