Bruce Arians: Unvaccinated players will be fined $14,000 for every protocol breach

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NFL teams can’t force players to get the COVID-19 vaccine, but they can make life difficult for unvaccinated players. And they will.

The latest example comes from Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians, who told Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times that they will fine any unvaccinated player $14,000 on the spot any time he is not wearing a mask where he is supposed to be, or is otherwise breaking any of the NFL’s protocols for unvaccinated players.

Arians also noted that unvaccinated players are tested every day and vaccinated players are tested only once every other week, and that will make life a lot less convenient for the unvaccinated.

“A vaccinated player will get tested 14 times this year,” Arians said. “An unvaccinated player will get tested 140.”

Arians also said he believes the Buccaneers’ vaccination rate will be more than 85 percent by final cutdowns — which could be viewed as a thinly veiled threat to the players on the roster bubble that they’ll be gone before the 53-man roster is set if they aren’t vaccinated.

So while it’s true that teams can’t force players to get vaccinated, teams can make life so difficult that it probably won’t be feasible to remain unvaccinated for anyone but the stars who are good enough not to get cut, and have enough guaranteed money in their contracts that they don’t care about $14,000 fines. That’s a pretty small minority of players in the NFL.

UPDATE 12:22 p.m. ET: Arians has confirmed he was referring to the NFL’s fines for COVID-19 protocol violations, not the team fining its players.

56 responses to “Bruce Arians: Unvaccinated players will be fined $14,000 for every protocol breach

  1. Simple economics. But sad thing is bunch of players probably don’t have the $14k

  2. Good job Bucs. NFL and Teams are basically saying you’re getting vaccinated or you will be gone or fined heavily. So in essence because the unvaccinated are so ignorant they will play for free. To all the anti-vaxxers, I’ve been vaccinated, and am around people all day long, the only symptom I experienced was a sore shoulder after the 1st shot. 2nd shot didn’t feel a thing and had no symptoms. Seriously you are an idiot if you don’t get vaccinated. And save all your lame excuses. They aren’t reasons, they are excuses. There is a difference. There is not 1 valid reason but I know you dopes have plenty of excuses. So let’s see you can have a sore shoulder for 1 day or you could end up on a ventilator or die. Easy decision

  3. Hopefully 31 other teams do the same.
    It’s time for the ignorant to get vaxxed
    at this point!

  4. Will Bruce Arians take on the legal liability if a player has myocarditis or dies from the shot ?

  5. I hope we are getting to the point where 68% of us let the 32% of those living in an alternative reality know exactly what we think of their uninformed, harmful, position on getting vaccinated.

  6. This is an appropriate answer. Not as a fight against the anti-vaccine crowd, but simply good economics. Last year the Steelers played a game on Wednesday afternoon because the Raven’s didn’t respect the protocols. If you want to be part of an NFL team, then the most important thing is your availability to play. NFL teams don’t keep hurt players and they shouldn’t risk entire games because someone doesn’t do what they can to be available on Sunday.

  7. Will Bruce Arians take on the legal liability if a player has myocarditis or dies from the shot ?
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Myocarditis is a possible outcome of the disease, not the vaccine. There are no instances of death from the vaccine. There is plenty of evidence of death from the disease world wide. This comment did a Costanza: the opposite would be right.

  8. arcross12042004scorp15 says:
    July 24, 2021 at 8:19 am
    Will Bruce Arians take on the legal liability if a player has myocarditis or dies from the shot ?
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    Nobody is forcing any player to take the shot.

    “NFL teams can’t force players to get the COVID-19 vaccine, but they can make life difficult for unvaccinated players. And they will.”

    ……and they should!

  9. Brady already has the shot, because he’s smart and quite sure behind closed doors, he gave coach a pat on the back.

  10. Everything possible but actually mandate it.

    Is this the start of this kinda thing happening league wide, or did this start yesterday with the Vikings coach yesterday

  11. commend those willing to stand up against the bullies. If you have anti bodies there is no reason to get the vaccine.

  12. Come on. With the way Brady eats and takes care of his body, every thing that goes in it is measured, there’s no way he’s getting the shot! No way.

  13. Honestly, I’m getting tired of arguing about getting the shot. But I totally agree with the idea that if you do NOT get the shot AND you choose to break protocols that the penalty should be severe.

  14. I got the shot and I am perfectly fine. The anti vaxx are just acting like spoiled children

  15. “ Brady already has the shot, because he’s smart…”

    ——————————————————————

    Actually, I don’t think Brady has said whether he has been vaccinated nor has he recommended others should or shouldn’t. Frankly, he seems like the kind of person that would refuse thinking the TB12 method will protect him.

    Also seems like the sort of person that will refuse to wear a mask. Wonder if the Bucs will just pretend he is vaccinated whether he is or not and just let him do as he pleases.

  16. HeavyD says:
    July 24, 2021 at 8:31 am
    I hope we are getting to the point where 68% of us let the 32% of those living in an alternative reality know exactly what we think of their uninformed, harmful, position on getting vaccinated

    ‐——–

    This.

    My wife’s mom got vaxxed , her step dad isn’t getting one. We have a 2.5 year old.

    We had a very frank conversation with them- explained we were not going to debate vaccine science with them, but explained that he is not welcome in our home or around our daughter without a vaccine, and our daughter will not be coming to their home.

    It sucks – it’s heart breaking, it makes me very sad that my daughter doesn’t get to see “papa d” or go to “nana’s” house anymore. But my #1 role as a parent is to keep my daughter safe over anything else.

  17. The press should be relentless and agressive and ask EVERY player if they’ve had the shot and report on it. Anyone not wishing to answer gets an assumed “NO.”

  18. topcide says:
    July 24, 2021 at 10:23 am
    We had a very frank conversation with them- explained we were not going to debate vaccine science with them, but explained that he is not welcome in our home or around our daughter without a vaccine, and our daughter will not be coming to their home.
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    If I could give this a dozen thumbs-up I would. It’s not political…..it’s physical.

  19. The younger people of today have no idea what it was like for the generation before them to live through the fear of polio, diphtheria,and tetanus. They have virtually disappeared because we took the vaccines.
    They need to do right by the Next Generation behind them and get this vaccine the help read this disease

  20. jacksonrr3 says:
    July 24, 2021 at 9:46 am
    I got the shot and I am perfectly fine. The anti vaxx are just acting like spoiled children

    ——-

    Plenty of people didn’t get the shot and are perfectly fine as well. A neighbor of mine’s 22 year old son was vaccinated and ended up in the hospital with a swollen heart.

  21. arcross12042004scorp15 says:
    July 24, 2021 at 8:19 am
    Will Bruce Arians take on the legal liability if a player has myocarditis or dies from the shot ?
    _____________

    Why should he? He isn’t forcing them to do anything other than follow the team protocol. If they break the protocol, they get fined. No different than if they are late to a meeting or miss curfew.

  22. My guess is Brady is vaccinated. He was at the white house this past week side by side with the president and both were maskless. He was at the ring ceremony this week celebrating with all the Bucs maskless.

  23. Over 620,000 people didn’t get vaccinated and they are all now dead.

    Every day, I read about nurses and doctors talking about non-vaccinated patients in COVID ICU, dying….begging to be vaccinated, but the doctors and nurses have to tell them it’s too late, because by that point, the vaccine won’t save their lives.

    Get vaccinated.

  24. “If/when the FDA approves it, things will be a lot easier”

    If over one billion shots in almost a Billion people doesn’t convince people, FDA full approval won’t either.

  25. “CDC report, from December 14, 2020–January 13, 2021, a total of 13,794,904 COVID-19 vaccine doses were administered in the United States, out of which 8,436,863 (61.2%) doses were administered to women. VAERS received 6,994 reports of COVID-19–associated adverse events during this period. Among all reports, 6,354 (90.8%) were classified as nonserious and 640 (9.2%) were classified as serious, including 113 (1.6%) deaths.

    According to the CDC report, the median age of vaccine recipients in VAERS reports was 42 years (range = 15–104 years). In addendum, 5,505 (78.7%) reports were submitted for adverse events in women. The most common side effect reported was headache (22.4%). It was followed by fatigue and dizziness, which was reported by 16.5 per cent of all the patients. There were 62 confirmed cases of a life-threatening allergic reaction known as anaphylaxis.”

    Risk IS indeed small, but the actions of our government in this area for the last 18 months hasn’t engendered much trust, in addition to Kamala and Joe BOTH talking down the vaccine during the election cycle. Myself, I only got it to prevent my wife from getting it from ME (she’s a cancer survivor) I don’t know how much it will help, but I can sleep at night knowing I did what I could do

  26. radar8 says:
    July 24, 2021 at 5:02 pm
    If over one billion shots in almost a Billion people doesn’t convince people, FDA full approval won’t either.
    ——

    I believe the numbers in the US are 340M doses given, 162M fully vaccinated, the numbers in the world are 3.83B doses given, 1.06B fully vaccinated.

    I doubt the US FDA matters to the world, but it does matter to US citizens. I believe those of us on the right would trust the FDA approval over 162M liberal sheep. 🤷‍♂️

  27. If not for Tom Brady, Bruce Arians would simply be another likeable coach who could never win the big game.

  28. So many “science” experts in here are strictly adhering to the party line. It’s just great to know that the NFL is following the marching orders of their globalist puppet masters and forcing a bunch of professional athletes to take an experimental vaccine for a virus that has a 99.998% survival rate. More woke stupidity from the NFL.

  29. HeavyD says:
    July 24, 2021 at 8:31 am

    I hope we are getting to the point where 68% of us let the 32% of those living in an alternative reality know exactly what we think of their uninformed, harmful, position on getting vaccinated.

    ——————————–

    How much do you think your opinion matters to us? We DO NOT CARE what the herd of sheep think. We have an INFORMED opinion of our own.

  30. “ commend those willing to stand up against the bullies. If you have anti bodies there is no reason to get the vaccine.“
    ==============

    No it doesn’t. Shame on you for spreading such lies. You can absolutely get Covid again even if you have had it previously, especially from the new variant. People with your views are the reason why this country suffers from yet another ignorant surge

  31. Tom Brady would never go against the grain on anything as important as the safety of his team mates! I would bet, every single one that comes in contact with Tom has been vaccinated as he has

  32. Even though most of the players are obviously in great physical shape, all it would take is for one unvaccinated guy to get seriously ill or even dead from the virus and you’ll see a stampede to the vaccination stations.

  33. How much do you think your opinion matters to us? We DO NOT CARE what the herd of sheep think. We have an INFORMED opinion of our own.
    ——————————————-

    Facebook posts and Faux News don’t = INFORMED

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