Is Cole Beasley trying to get cut?

USA TODAY Sports

Shortly after Bills receiver Cole Beasley‘s initial Twitter tirade about the COVID vaccine, Beasley quickly decided to say nothing further.

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

In recent days, Beasley has returned to Twitter with plenty more to say about the vaccine. He started by retweeting messages from others regarding the vaccine, and then he began sharing his own thoughts.

He started by taking issue with Michael Irvin’s position that players who don’t get vaccinated don’t want to win. Beasley then suggested that a vaccinated teammate was sent home on Monday. (The Bills did not respond to a request from PFT for comment/confirmation on this contention.) Beasley then objected to the fact that a reporter retweeted Beasley’s contention as “news.”

He then said he’ll get the vaccine and become an advocate for it, if Pfizer puts a percentage of its earnings from the vaccine in his wife’s name.

Beasley later said he was kidding about it, after Mark Cuban offered to give Beasley’s wife a share of Pfizer stock. Beasley then offered to explain to Cuban by phone the reasons for believing that the NFL’s 2021 COVID rules will result in more games being canceled this year than last year. (Although the NFL postponed a handful of games in 2020, it canceled none.)

Beasley seems to have concerns both about the vaccine and the league’s rules for vaccinated players, who will be tested once every 14 days while unvaccinated players are tested daily. (Beasley believes it’s a weekly test for vaccinated players; the NFL has told PFT that vaccinated players will be tested once every 14 days.)

Although we’ve decided not to write a story about every (or any) Beasley tweet after posting on his disagreement with Irvin, there’s a broader question that needs to be asked, now that the dust has settled on his more recent, extended Twitter comments. Is Beasley trying to goad the Bills into cutting him?

It’s likely not a coincidence that Beasley abruptly decided last month to stop being a “distraction” and the fact that Bills coach Sean McDermott admits he spoke to Beasley about his initial Twitter assault against the NFL’s rules for vaccinated and unvaccinated players.

At one point on Tuesday, Paul McLeary of Politico.com observed regarding Beasley’s disclosure of a vaccinated teammate being sent home, “Buffalo Bills management must love this.” Said Beasley in response: “We don’t have a game for a month and a half it’s not hurting anyone.”

That’s a confusing response from Beasley. Obviously, players can create distractions or otherwise anger team management by things said and done before Week One. Beasley surely is smart enough to realize that, isn’t he?

So that’s why it’s easy to wonder whether he’s trying to get himself cut by the Bills. The question then becomes whether he wants to play for some other team — or whether he’s hoping to become some sort of a martyr who becomes a hero of those who share his views, finding a way to profit from those who would make him, essentially, a Colin Kaepernick of the right.

It would be wrong for Beasley to be shunned by the league for his views on the vaccine and the NFL’s rules regarding it, every bit as wrong as it was for Kaepernick to be shunned for his decision to exercise his right to not stand for the national anthem. But many of those who applauded the shunning of Kaepernick will cry foul if/when Beasey gets released and then can’t find another team.

I’m not saying Beasley actually wants to be cut and then shunned. I’m only saying that his most recent antics on Twitter invite speculation that he’s possibly trying to engineer that outcome. Why else would he embrace creating a distraction for the Bills on this issue, a month after he vowed not to?

58 responses to “Is Cole Beasley trying to get cut?

  1. Makes absolutely no sense that Cole would want to be cut. Buffalo is a legitimate Super Bowl contender and Cole knows it. He’s well liked and respected by his teammates and just had the best year of his career statistically. I’d think he’d request a trade before wanting to be cut anyway.

    If he does leave, the Bills will miss him but are well stocked at WR and could replace him immediately without missing a beat. But I’d sure love to see Bease line up in the slot on opening day vs Pittsburgh!

  2. Why else would he embrace creating a distraction for the Bills on this issue, a month after he vowed not to?
    ——————————————————————————
    Perhaps it’s the same reason he’s not getting vaccinated…. He’s just not that smart??!!

  3. It does not matter if he wants to get cut, still wants to play for the Bills, or is simply passionate about his beliefs. Putting this stuff out there in public is not very wise. Maybe a superstar athlete can get away with that kind of thing. He is not a superstar.

  4. Kap was a distraction on game day and his diminished playing ability didn’t justify the distraction that he caused. I have yet to see Beasley do anything on game day that are related to his political views cause a distraction. These are two very different situations.

  5. Distraction or not.
    It’s still his right to voice his opinion and whether or not to be vaccinated.

  6. Man twitter sure can make a person look like they are having a bipolar episode

  7. There’s a reason the old wisdom is not to talk politics or religion at work.

  8. Josh Allen is anti vaxxer just like Cole. They won’t cut Beasley and piss off Allen.

  9. If Beasley were advocating for some social justice issue, the commenters above would be celebrating him. I agree with Mr. Beasley. It is a person’s own business if they want to get vaccinated or not. If a person wants to be vaccinated, Great. If Not, that is fine too. As long as you social distance and wear a mask you are covered, Right.

  10. ruffbufffire says:
    July 22, 2021 at 9:38 am
    Josh Allen is anti vaxxer just like Cole. They won’t cut Beasley and piss off Allen.
    —————————————————————————————-
    So you’re saying Allen also isn’t the sharpest knife in the drawer either….
    I would really enjoy seeing both of them miss multiple critical games this year just for being ignorant to science….if any one on the team should be angry or upset, it’s the players that cared enough about their fellow teammates & society in general, that did get vaccinated in order to help the team & world be safer & more successful in battling everyone’s major opponent in the fight to stop the spread & harm created by the corona virus…..

  11. collectordude says:
    July 22, 2021 at 9:04 am
    Distraction or not.
    It’s still his right to voice his opinion and whether or not to be vaccinated.
    ______________

    He’s free to voice any opinion that he wishes. He also has to accept the consequences of voicing said opinion. And those of us who believe in medical science are free to believe that he is an idiot.

  12. If an important player (like the QB Josh Allen) refuses the vaccine and gets sick and as a result the team fails to make the playoffs or the player performs poorly then the entire team should be angry at that player for putting themselves ahead of the team.
    The vaccine is safe and you are much more likely to die from COVID or suffer serious health issues than from the vaccine.
    I don’t care what an individual does, I do care when their actions affect others.

    Beasley is a moron, I don’t care what he says. He won’t get cut, but if his performance suffers from Covid he may get cut and his dumb decision will impact his future.

  13. Allen has taken the middle. Probably to not risk his relationship with dum-dum..
    No one knows if Allen is faxed or not, period..

    “You can’t fix stupid”
    Covid definitely fixes stupid, but it’s usually too late.

  14. It’s a person’s choice whether to get vaccinated or not. There are reasons why some people may not want to get vaccinated. 1. The research on this vaccinated was rushed. We still may not know any potential affects. 2. If vaccinations are the cure, please explain to me why cases are rising again in the USA. 3. I just don’t like vaccines. Never got a flu shot and I only get sick twice a year – Thank God – and it’s like clockwork during seasonal changes. That I can handle.

  15. It is a person’s own business if they want to get vaccinated or not. If a person wants to be vaccinated, Great. If Not, that is fine too. As long as you social distance and wear a mask you are covered, Right.

    No, it is not a person’s own business if they aren’t vaccinated, as they are literally prolonging the pandemic at this point — putting themselves, others, and the ability of hospitals to treat people (suffering from *any* issue) at risk.

    Most people I know that are proudly anti-vax are not social distancing or wearing masks in public. They want the freedom that vaccinated, responsible people are slowly allowing society to get back to, but refuse to do their part.

  16. Let’s be honest, football itself is more likely to injure Cole than Covid. This whole discussion is dumb. If he was worried about his health, he would retire.

  17. Has Beasley stated just one accepted scientific reason not to be vaccinated in any of his Twitter rants? Has any anti-vaxxer ever stated a valid scientific reason not to be vaccinated?

    Here are some undisputed facts for the anti-vaxxers to consider:
    – The vaccines do not magnetize your body.
    – The vaccines do not implant a tracking device in you.
    – The vaccines do not cause sterility.
    – The vaccines have not caused tens of thousands of deaths, here in the US or anywhere else in the world.
    – Coronavirus vaccines have been thoroughly tested and researched for over twenty years. The covid19 vaccines are based on those years of research and testing.

  18. bloodonhishands says:
    July 22, 2021 at 8:44 am

    This isn’t a Left vs Right issue. This is a Science vs Idiots issue.
    _______________________

    Except for the fact that science has chosen to be political over the last 2 years.

  19. This is a whole lot of obfuscation to go through just because you’re afraid of needles.

  20. The anti-vaccine proponents need to listen to the Birmingham, Alabama doctor who said it is heartbreaking when patients beg to take the vaccine when they are about to be intubated and she has to tell them it’s too late.

  21. pkava says: 1. The research on this vaccinated was rushed. We still may not know any potential affects. 2. If vaccinations are the cure, please explain to me why cases are rising again in the USA. 3. I just don’t like vaccines. Never got a flu shot and I only get sick twice a year

    Please allow me to educate: 1. The research was not rushed. mRNA vaccines have been studied for several years now and underwent the necessary trials. Vaccines have been administered for more than a year, long term effects do not exist 2. The cases in the US are rising again due to the unvaccinated. 97% of all new cases are from unvaccinated people. 99% of people in LA hospitals for Covid are unvaccinated. It is very obvious that the vaccines work 3. Getting sick twice per year for something less contagious than Covid isn’t the great point that you think it is.

  22. pftancelledme says:
    July 22, 2021 at 9:54 am
    If Beasley were advocating for some social justice issue, the commenters above would be celebrating him. I agree with Mr. Beasley. It is a person’s own business if they want to get vaccinated or not. If a person wants to be vaccinated, Great. If Not, that is fine too. As long as you social distance and wear a mask you are covered, Right.

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

    The disagreement isn’t with his choice to get vaccinated or not. He’s lobbying to be treated the same as vaccinated players and that is where he is being scrutinized. In short, he would prefer to take no responsibility for spreading a highly contagious disease.

  23. pkava says:
    July 22, 2021 at 10:21 am
    It’s a person’s choice whether to get vaccinated or not. There are reasons why some people may not want to get vaccinated. 1. The research on this vaccinated was rushed. We still may not know any potential affects. 2. If vaccinations are the cure, please explain to me why cases are rising again in the USA. 3. I just don’t like vaccines. Never got a flu shot and I only get sick twice a year – Thank God – and it’s like clockwork during seasonal changes. That I can handle.

    ===========

    First, equating the flu with Covid-19 is extremely lazy. More people have died from Covid-19 than in the past 5 flu seasons combined. That in and of itself should wake people up to tolerating the vaccine.

    Second, It’s actually pretty easy to explain why cases in the US are rising. Why would anybody think cases wouldn’t be increasing in the US when +40% of the population isn’t fully vaccinated? Not surprisingly, case, hospitalizations and deaths are increasing almost exclusively from the unvaccinated.

    Third, at the risk of citing historical precedence allow me to interject that the Spanish flu infected 500 million people and resulted in 50 million deaths world wide. That vaccine was rolled out with MUCH less controls and testing in place than what currently exist today. Why should people reconsider the vaccine? If nothing else to learn from history and to take advantage of past mistakes.

  24. Brobokil says:
    July 22, 2021 at 9:03 am
    Because he’s NOT that smart. Anyone against getting the vaccine isn’t.
    //////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////. I think I’m reasonably bright, and I got the vaccine after deciding for myself. I also know some smart people who haven’t gotten it. I am smart enough not to call someone stupid because they came to a different conclusion than me.

  25. The liberal Army in this country is backing the vaccine. That right there should give you all the confidence in the world to vax up. Anything they promote is right. Don’t question it, just fall in line and do it. Having doubt in anything they promote will only stress you out. Blind faith – that’s what Cole needs… Always remember “other people” always have your best interest in mind.

  26. ringheadcrusher says:
    July 22, 2021 at 10:55 am
    bloodonhishands says:
    July 22, 2021 at 8:44 am

    This isn’t a Left vs Right issue. This is a Science vs Idiots issue.
    _______________________

    Except for the fact that science has chosen to be political over the last 2 years.
    __________

    Science is apolitical. Science is based upon objective, proven facts. Science is not rendered political simply because of your subjective beliefs to the contrary.

  27. rugbyred says:
    July 22, 2021 at 12:19 pm
    Brobokil says:
    July 22, 2021 at 9:03 am
    Because he’s NOT that smart. Anyone against getting the vaccine isn’t.
    //////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////. I think I’m reasonably bright, and I got the vaccine after deciding for myself. I also know some smart people who haven’t gotten it. I am smart enough not to call someone stupid because they came to a different conclusion than me.
    ____________

    Would you willing to call someone stupid who came to the conclusion that water is not wet? How about someone who concluded that fire is not hot? Those preposterous conclusions are the same as concluding not to get vaccinated.

  28. Doing your own research is fruitless. Just trust peer pressure. If your colleagues or management tell you to do it, do it. They are always right. Cole went to college, right? He should be smart enough to know that. You should live your life never questioning when it comes to medical concerns. Just fall in line. Everyone on this planet is benevolent – the media, the sports and entertainment business, and especially politicians. They care deeply about everyone on this planet. Listen to the voices Cole.

  29. I’m sure everyone on this website has enough of a grasp of Cole’s medical history. I’m sure his teammates and the league all have access to his complete medical information. You and they know what’s in his best interest for medical treatment. Even if there was some slim potential for something being wrong with the vaccine, he should just do it anyway. He should be willing to suffer medical complications for all of us based on our beliefs. Shouldn’t he?

  30. Beasley isn’t trying to get cut.
    This is obviously a subject and topic that he feels very strongly & passionate about.
    This “passion” is something that wouldn’t gain much attention if Cole was a truck driver or changed tires & oil on cars.
    Where it seems to go off the rails is that there now suddenly is no regard for the “team concept” in football. I don’t know how some of these players can spout the platitudes about “sacrificing for the team” and all the dozens of other things in that vein, and still want to make the stand for their “individuality”.
    Sometimes you can’t have both. Sometimes you have to pick one. Beasley doesn’t know right now if he’s a “team guy” or an “individual”.

  31. bigshooter71 says:
    July 22, 2021 at 1:42 pm
    Doing your own research is fruitless. Just trust peer pressure. If your colleagues or management tell you to do it, do it. They are always right. Cole went to college, right? He should be smart enough to know that. You should live your life never questioning when it comes to medical concerns. Just fall in line. Everyone on this planet is benevolent – the media, the sports and entertainment business, and especially politicians. They care deeply about everyone on this planet. Listen to the voices Cole.

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

    When you are at the beach and there is a shark sighting and hundreds or people are yelling to get out of the water will it still be ok to refuse to leave the water due to:

    1. Your research showing shark attacks are rare
    2. Peer pressure
    3. Being told what to do
    4. Smart enough to know better
    5. Questioning whether a shark attack always results in personal injury

    It’s not benevolence at all. People receive no joy in saying “I told you so” after the fact. More so when it’s the byproduct of being willingly ignorant.

  32. The liberal Army in this country is backing the vaccine

    ____

    So, as a conservative, are you automatically doing the opposite? If so, you’re no better than the ones you condemn….just following along a different path but just blindly following your own herd.

  33. mackcarrington says:
    July 22, 2021 at 2:07 pm
    Beasley isn’t trying to get cut.
    |
    |
    Where it seems to go off the rails is that there now suddenly is no regard for the “team concept” in football. I don’t know how some of these players can spout the platitudes about “sacrificing for the team” and all the dozens of other things in that vein, and still want to make the stand for their “individuality”.

    Sometimes you can’t have both. Sometimes you have to pick one. Beasley doesn’t know right now if he’s a “team guy” or an “individual”.

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

    A perfect microcosm of where the US is as a nation.

  34. karmakalled says:
    July 22, 2021 at 2:14 pm
    bigshooter71 says:
    July 22, 2021 at 1:42 pm
    Doing your own research is fruitless. Just trust peer pressure. If your colleagues or management tell you to do it, do it. They are always right. Cole went to college, right? He should be smart enough to know that. You should live your life never questioning when it comes to medical concerns. Just fall in line. Everyone on this planet is benevolent – the media, the sports and entertainment business, and especially politicians. They care deeply about everyone on this planet. Listen to the voices Cole.

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

    When you are at the beach and there is a shark sighting and hundreds or people are yelling to get out of the water will it still be ok to refuse to leave the water due to:

    1. Your research showing shark attacks are rare
    2. Peer pressure
    3. Being told what to do
    4. Smart enough to know better
    5. Questioning whether a shark attack always results in personal injury

    It’s not benevolence at all. People receive no joy in saying “I told you so” after the fact. More so when it’s the byproduct of being willingly ignorant.

    I couldn’t agree more! Getting or not getting the vaccine is just like shark attacks. It’s ridiculous just how similar that analogy is. Spot on. We should just hang on your every word. You are so right, nobody on this planet gets joy from saying I told you so.
    You are way smarter than the rest of us. In fact, I’m going to do everything you say from now on. You have too much logic to ignore. I just hope Cole sees this. He is just a young Padawan, you are the master.

  35. “…every bit as wrong as it was for Kaepernick to be shunned for his decision to exercise his right to not stand for the national anthem.”

    Except nobody has come close to proving that Kaepernick was outright shunned, and there is plenty of circumstantial evidence pointing to alternative explanations for why he wasn’t signed by anyone else after leaving the 49ers. Talk about a disinformation campaign.

  36. cancerman2020 says:
    July 22, 2021 at 2:21 pm
    The liberal Army in this country is backing the vaccine

    ____

    So, as a conservative, are you automatically doing the opposite? If so, you’re no better than the ones you condemn….just following along a different path but just blindly following your own herd.

    No, I’m part of the Army. Liberals are winners. I just want to win. I have a feeling you were not taking my posts literally.

  37. Just because one is a good NFL player does not mean they similarly qualify for MENSA.

  38. bigshooter71 says:
    July 22, 2021 at 2:04 pm
    I’m sure everyone on this website has enough of a grasp of Cole’s medical history. I’m sure his teammates and the league all have access to his complete medical information. You and they know what’s in his best interest for medical treatment. Even if there was some slim potential for something being wrong with the vaccine, he should just do it anyway. He should be willing to suffer medical complications for all of us based on our beliefs. Shouldn’t he?

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

    Again, there’s room to not be vaccinated (honest it’s true). Not wanting to get vaccinated and being treated like those that are vaccinated are two completely different issues.

  39. I love the vaccine. Cole should too. I’m thinking about getting a picture of the Texas Democrats getting their shots and putting it right next to my America’s Team picture in my man room. (scratch that, sports den – Man room reeks of toxic masculinity). Having the vaccine helps people make good life choices. Nancy and the Texas Democrats have been making great decisions. Great leaders! Just like the NFL owners. Great Leaders that care about us little people! Hopefully Cole knows this.

  40. ” every bit as wrong as it was for Kaepernick to be shunned for his decision to exercise his right to not stand for the national anthem. ”

    Who said it was wrong? I certainly didn’t. Stand for the flag. Simple.

  41. bigshooter71 says:
    July 22, 2021 at 2:32 pm

    I couldn’t agree more! Getting or not getting the vaccine is just like shark attacks. It’s ridiculous just how similar that analogy is. Spot on. We should just hang on your every word. You are so right, nobody on this planet gets joy from saying I told you so.
    You are way smarter than the rest of us. In fact, I’m going to do everything you say from now on. You have too much logic to ignore. I just hope Cole sees this. He is just a young Padawan, you are the master.

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

    Getting the vaccine is just like shark attacks? Based on what exactly? There’s certainly no scientific basis for that conclusion that’s for sure. That’s akin to saying the vaccine is worse than the disease. Which is fine to claim but it also needs to be based in reality. Which it’s not. It would take less than a minute of searching to show that the current rise in covid cases among the unvaccinated as the arbiter of truth on that statement. But by all means feel free to prove me wrong on that. Again, nobody is saying you don’t have the right to stay in the water (I.e. remain unvaccinated). It just removes your right to complain when the shark attacks you. That’s all.

    I never claimed to be smarter than anybody. However, it has been proven multiple times. In this thread alone.

  42. bigshooter71 says:
    July 22, 2021 at 3:30 pm
    I love the vaccine. Cole should too. I’m thinking about getting a picture of the Texas Democrats getting their shots and putting it right next to my America’s Team picture in my man room. (scratch that, sports den – Man room reeks of toxic masculinity). Having the vaccine helps people make good life choices. Nancy and the Texas Democrats have been making great decisions. Great leaders! Just like the NFL owners. Great Leaders that care about us little people! Hopefully Cole knows this.

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

    There’s an argument to be made that if you can’t help yourself nobody else will either.

  43. karmakalled says:
    July 22, 2021 at 3:28 pm
    bigshooter71 says:
    July 22, 2021 at 2:04 pm
    I’m sure everyone on this website has enough of a grasp of Cole’s medical history. I’m sure his teammates and the league all have access to his complete medical information. You and they know what’s in his best interest for medical treatment. Even if there was some slim potential for something being wrong with the vaccine, he should just do it anyway. He should be willing to suffer medical complications for all of us based on our beliefs. Shouldn’t he?

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

    Again, there’s room to not be vaccinated (honest it’s true). Not wanting to get vaccinated and being treated like those that are vaccinated are two completely different issues.

    Right, Yeah, we should treat people that have the vaccine differently. The Vaccine seems like the cure all and you must not be able to catch Covid. You can hop on a bus like the Texas Democrats without masks. As long as you have the vaccine you won’t be a super spreader that will shut down a football team.

  44. bigshooter71 says:
    July 22, 2021 at 3:49 pm

    Right, Yeah, we should treat people that have the vaccine differently. The Vaccine seems like the cure all and you must not be able to catch Covid. You can hop on a bus like the Texas Democrats without masks. As long as you have the vaccine you won’t be a super spreader that will shut down a football team.

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

    Quite simply, yes. Why shouldn’t they be treated differently? They are at a higher risk. That’s not conjecture. That’s a fact. And that extends beyond any political party line.

    Even if we set aside every known fact about the vaccine, we already know enough from empirical evidence alone that it prevents hospitalizations and deaths from covid. Even if it did absolutely nothing about spreading the disease (which isn’t the case). The same cannot be said among the unvaccinated.

  45. It is interesting that you say this at a time when coaches and management won’t stop talking about using Sanders in the slot, and Isaiah Hodgins has apparently been excelling from the slot in practice as a larger fourth round rookie contract with better hands.

  46. Ladies & Gents, it all boils down to one factor for me as to why I chose to get the vaccine: I WANTED TO LIVE! I just got over COVID-19 just days ago and I felt horrible for two weeks, BUT was able to recover in the comfort of my own home; not attached to a ventilator in the hospital! THIS IS NOT A POLITICAL GAME PEOPLE! It’s simple math and basic risk assessment principles. I’ve heard too many sad stories of people asking for the vaccine after they’re already in the hospital with COVID-19, on a ventilator. IT’S TOO LATE! My Dad always said, “You can’t make a foolish person see anything they don’t want to see!” I’ve never witnessed a nation so divided, with misinformation and confusion being propagated so heavily. The average person doesn’t know what to think or who to believe! Bottom line: Cole Beasley is average and he’s taking a huge risk!

  47. Back a few months ago when there was a discussion (outside of the Bills organization) of obtaining Julio Jones a reporter mentioned that outside of possible salary cap issues, the Jones acquisition would place Beasley on the outside looking in due to Jones playing the slot position. At the time I thought no way, I want to keep the band together. After all team chemistry is an important aspect to winning. Problem is Beasley doesn’t believe in Science so looking back I wish we would have cut Beasley and found a way to obtain Jones…TO BE CLEAR, although I believe in vaccinations, I am not against Beasley not wanting to get the vaccine…My problem is his defiance of the rules put in place by the league for those that choose not to get the vaccine. Yes we live in a free country, but when you work for a private business, you have to abide by their rules, or simply move on…So to Beasley I say, shut the hell up, skip the vaccine if you choose to, but follow league protocol, play football, or move on.

  48. Employer (or school) enforcement of vax rules is not a freedom issue. Conceptually its no different than your kids immunization requirements. People dont dispute this because its in the public interest not to spread the plague to other kids. Trump received the shot and Biden received the shot because its in the public interest of all Americans to do so. Nobody profits by making this is a political issue.

  49. Yeah, he’s got so many Super Bowl rings already, he doesn’t care about getting another one.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.