Cole Beasley continues to risk Bills cutting him, NFL shunning him

USA TODAY Sports

Bills receiver Cole Beasley is good. But he’s not untouchable. And he’s not merely touching a third rail with his anti-vaccine messages. He’s jumping on it with both feet.

Beasley’s lengthy statement from Wednesday has one key line regarding the push to get players vaccinated — “information is being withheld from players in order for a player to be swayed in a direction he may not be comfortable with.” At a time when the NFL wants as many players to get vaccinated as possible, Beasley’s effort to persuade others to believe that they’re being lied to by their teams cuts directly against the league’s objectives.

Although the contexts and issues are dramatically different, Beasley’s effort to get other players to question the quality of the information the teams have provided regarding the vaccines isn’t much different from Colin Kaepernick’s effort to get other players to realize that they all have the right to protest during the national anthem. The biggest risk to ongoing employment in the NFL comes from efforts to make the robots self-aware. Beasley, like Kaepernick, is agitating. Beasley, like Kaepernick, is making players more inclined to do things the NFL doesn’t want them to do.

It’s a risk for Beasley. For his sake, here’s hoping it’s calculated and not random.

Although Beasley is entitled to his beliefs, the NFL has very different beliefs. The NFL wants players to accept its beliefs, and to ignore Beasley’s. It therefore will be interested to see whether Beasley ultimately makes the team in Buffalo and, if not, whether someone else signs him.

Regardless of whether that happens, his candor that cuts against the NFL’s agenda could make him into an anti-vaxx martyr. Which he possibly wants to be.

65 responses to “Cole Beasley continues to risk Bills cutting him, NFL shunning him

  1. Perhaps he just wants to live his life the way he sees for Mike. Why not just let him and move on to other things?

  2. There is absolutely no information being withheld in this day of age….google it Cole.and you will find it….what a clown

  3. I understand Beasley’s concerns regarding the virus and the vaccines. These are world class athletes and I’m sure most have diets they follow and are aware of what they put in their body.

  4. I am just glad this selfish loser is not on my team. And you just know he voted for you know who, too.

  5. Kap’s play was in decline when he made his statement, while Beasley is coming of the best statistical year of his career. There is a difference. The Bills do have Emanuel Sanders, who could take over the slot role if needed, but Cole being cut is unlikely. Teammates still love him and that is what really matters.

  6. It sure seems that Beasley is hiding behind the “I have questions” comments and his freedom comments. If he has questions, ask doctors, get 2nd opinions from other doctors. Whenever I see people make the comment “here’s my position, and I will not be talking about it anymore” it’s usually because they have made their decision and are closed minded. It doesn’t matter how much research they’ve done, there’s no listening to the other side. And what are “the questions”? If you have questions, ask them! Don’t just say I have questions.

  7. Unlike kapernick, Beasley has played well at his reciever position. Even so, he seems determined to crap in his dinner plate.

  8. “information is being withheld from players in order for a player to be swayed in a direction he may not be comfortable with.”
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    …but no indication as to what information is being withheld. It is amazing to me how many people only believe what they want to believe without any validation other than someone said something that usually isn’t true.

  9. “Masks are really for infected people to keep them from spreading infection to people who are not infected”
    “The typical mask you buy in a drug store is not really effective in keeping out the virus”
    “I do not recommend that you wear a mask”
    – Dr. Anthony Fauci

    When will he just admit that they’re making it up as he goes along?

  10. The league just announced 88% of all players have had at least one shot so Beasley’s hot takes are quickly becoming irrelevant. And assuming teams enforce the protocols against unvaccinated players like the league claims is going to happen it won’t take long for virtually all the holdouts to get tired of the extra hassle and just get vaccinated. The league has actually taken a pretty smart approach in that they haven’t tried to moralize things but have laid out inconveniences if you don’t get vaccinated which are bound to ensure most guys eventually will comply even if they don’t really like it.

  11. It would be interesting if he would say what information the NFL is withholding from the players. They have access to the same information that everyone else does. Unless he’s listening to Facebook doctors, I don’t get his assertion.

  12. Imagine being so aggressively ignorant that you willingly make yourself the highest profile captain of the stupid-brigade within your profession.

  13. Beasley is a diva because he wants to be different. If he truly was a “team” guy, he would get the vaccine for the benefit of the team. Just remember this guy almost walked away from pro football when he was a rookie. He left Cowboys camp only to return once his family convinced him to return. So, he’s never really been 100% into playing.

  14. Each of us is free to quit his job. I am sure he can do other things if he does not like the terms of his employment.

  15. Every here needs to stop making Doctors and White coats seam like Gods. Even doctors don’t read vaccine inserts (yes, i know that’s hard to believe but i know no one here has every questioned that or read stories) and search for things online when you’re sitting in patient room. You, the general public, have the same exact access to information as them. Get off of your dumb Xbox and start reading things for yourself.

  16. There’s nothing wrong with agitating (even though there’s an argument to be made it should not be done using the NFl as a podium) . However, the cause behind the agitation might warrant some scrutiny.

  17. “Perhaps he just wants to live his life the way he sees for Mike. Why not just let him and move on to other things?”

    He has the power to live the life he wants but it probably will not include the NFL. And that is that the consequence of how HE chooses to live his own life. He just needs to go away.

  18. He’s made his position clear … why doesn’t he just refuse to talk about it any more? Texas stubbornness.

  19. If you don’t like it, find another job. I’ve worked for a company that wouldn’t allow you to work off you didn’t have proper work boots on. Should I have stood my ground and made a big fuss over it?? Different situation but same scenario. If you don’t like the rules of the employer, move on.

  20. It’s astounding that the general populate thinks “googling” something wouldn’t be censored. Oh you mean Google the Pharmaceutical Company? Yes, they are a pharmaceutical company, go google it lol. No conflict of interest there!

  21. I don’t think it is fair to compare Cole Beasley’s circumstance with Colin Kaepernick. Colin was standing up for a very real situation reflecting deeply ingrained racism that has blighted our society since its inception. His stand was a progressive and courageous one, one that led to a loss of status and income for him personally. But he was right, and subsequent events in our society showed him to be right. Cole Beasley’s stance will not likely age as well. Vaccines are safe. They have proven to be safe. They protect you and others from a dangerous virus. Scientifically and medically, there is little debate. He has his rights, but the facts are what they are.

  22. Unless he has some condition prohibiting vaccination he should be a team member and get his shots. I hope he gets cut!

  23. paupwarner says:
    July 29, 2021 at 2:06 pm
    Kap’s play was in decline when he made his statement, while Beasley is coming of the best statistical year of his career. There is a difference. The Bills do have Emanuel Sanders, who could take over the slot role if needed, but Cole being cut is unlikely. Teammates still love him and that is what really matters.

    24 37 Rate This

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    Except when he squares off vs Jon Jones.

    It’s completely irresponsible for an adult in our society to lie in public and accuse your boss (the NFL) of holding back info regarding a very good vaccine that helps society.

    He’s a loser and should be cut on principle alone. No one is “holding back” anything.

  24. Do you think that you keep writing articles about this stuff you will talk it into existence? Cole Beasley has an opinion on this and this is America, he is free to feel whatever way he wants about it wether we agree with him or not. The infatuation that PFT has with Beasley and this topic is getting creepy. Stop pushing a narrative and cover pro football.

  25. It’s the National Football League, not the Beasley Football league. They make the rules. He gets paid for following them. I’m sure at this stage in his career he has plenty of dough in the bank, and he can be a Chick Fil A franchise owner or just relax by his pool.

  26. Help me understand how Kapernick’s situation has anything to do with Beasley’s. This is a lazy piece of writing in my opinion from a good journalist. The two have nothing in common. Putting Kap in this piece takes away from the main topic. SMH

  27. patsbrat says:
    July 29, 2021 at 2:10 pm
    “information is being withheld from players in order for a player to be swayed in a direction he may not be comfortable with.”
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    …but no indication as to what information is being withheld. It is amazing to me how many people only believe what they want to believe without any validation other than someone said something that usually isn’t true.
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    Um, if he knew what information was being with held, it isnt being with held…right? LMFAO. I dont agree with him, but just saying

  28. Beasley is misinformed, but not by the hands of the league. Good player… yes. Untouchable… no. If he continues to be a distraction Beane will have no qualms about letting him go, but if he keeps his misinformation to himself he’ll finish his career in Buffalo.

  29. gtmac21 says:
    July 29, 2021 at 2:12 pm
    “Masks are really for infected people to keep them from spreading infection to people who are not infected”
    “The typical mask you buy in a drug store is not really effective in keeping out the virus”
    “I do not recommend that you wear a mask”
    – Dr. Anthony Fauci

    When will he just admit that they’re making it up as he goes along?

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

    And?

    It’s silly to suggest the recommendations didn’t change over time. The more information that came in on the virus warranted that. As it should. Taking a quote from Feb when there were exactly 5 covid cases vs in June when there were tens of thousands seems particularly germane to the needed context here. It’s also EXTREMELY lazy.

  30. Why does everything have to be compared to Kap? We all know what really happened with Kap. Some can be honest about it. And others just pretend it was some grand scheme to blackball him because they can act like he was a martyr and sacrificed for them. Heck, just look back at some of the tweets from PFT’s official twitter from that infamous mon night football game. He was bad. For a refresher on that game, and many others, see below:

    https://www.foxsports.com/stories/nfl/you-probably-forgot-how-bad-colin-kaepernick-was-last-year

  31. crisp says:
    July 29, 2021 at 1:56 pm
    There is absolutely no information being withheld in this day of age….google it Cole.and you will find it….what a clown
    *********************************************************

    Considering how Big Tech has colluded with the government to restrict people’s rights, and all of the editing going on with digitally recorded history (revisionist), this statement of “google it…” has to be the most uninformed statement made on the Internet today. They’ve told us multiple times they are going to make sure certain thing’s “don’t happen” regardless of what the people want. Pay attention please.

  32. When Cole has questions about an MCL tear does he ask doctors that are expert in the field or does he go to social media, a megachurch preacher, Alex Jones, or the guy who recommended ingesting light and bleach for advice?

  33. billsfan3434 says:
    July 29, 2021 at 2:35 pm
    Do you think that you keep writing articles about this stuff you will talk it into existence? Cole Beasley has an opinion on this and this is America, he is free to feel whatever way he wants about it wether we agree with him or not. The infatuation that PFT has with Beasley and this topic is getting creepy. Stop pushing a narrative and cover pro football.

    —-

    Its okay for Beasley to talk about it, but then PFT cant?
    Maybe Beasley should stop pushing HIS narrative and talk about football.

  34. He’s expressing his opinion, the truth is nobody knows what side effects the shots might have 5,10,20 years down the road.There is a reason that they only have emergency use authorization world wide. The drug companies have also been absolved of any liability for injuries from the shot because long-term no one knows. Before you say that the vaccine is going to end the pandemic just know that I’m sending this message from the emergency room where my wife is being treated for COVID-19 complications after being vaccinated in May.

  35. gtmac21 says: … When will he (Dr. Anthony Fauci) just admit that they’re making it up as he goes along?

    In a football game or any competition, it is always best to make adjustments to the strategy as the situations unfold. The adjustments to guidance in the pandemic have saved countless lives.

  36. Whats the point of vaccinating if you can still catch the covid? If he doesnt want the vaccine thats his own choice. I am perplexed why anyone would care if he wants it or not. Everyone else has their own choice to get vaxed if they want to. Just worry about oneself and not others opinions – please.

  37. Cole Beasley is probably a huge fan of Mike Lindell. You know, that pillow guy that keeps spreading lies and telling everyone he has information that is being witheld. Maybe he can help Cole figure all this out.

  38. Fauci made the early comment about masks when their was a run on a limited supply of N95 masks (the others weren’t really effective) and those that really needed them couldn’t get them.

    If you want to discuss someone in a position of power that kept making it up as he went along . . .

    “It’s 1 person coming in from China”

    “It’s going to disappear one day like a miracle”

    “It will be gone by Easter”

    “Shutdowns will cause more suicides than deaths from Covid”

    “Our numbers are high because we test so much”

    “Hydroxychloroquine . . . Bleach . . . Light”

  39. The hate from the left in these comments is not surprising.

    Coles choice is only relevant to his health. IT does not affect anyone else in anyway.

    Cole is a very brave man to stand up to that hate.

  40. I wonder what information the NFL is holding back from it’s players, is it the same packet of information I was given to me via the mail prior to me choosing to get one of the vaccine shots?
    God forbid, but if the US gets hit with a virus thats say, ten times more fatal then COVID19, we are doomed. Too many Americans have become victims of lies from believing irresponsible politicians and talking heads from their favorite agenda aimed non news network. They no longer trust in fact based science and biology, but rather conspiracy driven nonsense. Real Patriots do not try to undermine the system of government fir which they are serving or running.

  41. This comes down to a individual having the freedom to express their concerns without the fear of retaliation. Let people have the choice of what they put in “their” body. You can not have a answer for this question. ” How can you know what the long term medical issue may be if we haven’t had enough time pass to find out?

  42. Vaccines save lives, proven fact. It is irresponsible and dangerous to those around you not to be vaccinated. Protect your family, protect your children, protect people you work with, your friends and all of the people that you come in contact with whether you know them or not… all you need to do is have two little shots and you are so much safer! If you haven’t done it yet, get a vaccine shot today.

    Do you know why you don’t have measles? Because a vaccine eradicated them. Same thing with small pox…

  43. the same people that buy this obviously political stand (phony in my eyes) will be foolish enough to hand over more of their money in whatever his next grift is. he knows there is
    more money in being a martyr to the folks that keep on handing their money to the people telling them what they want to hear than in the rest of his nfl days.

    and to the fellow with the faucci quotes made early in the process of identifying the correct course of action, please. you forget what was being said at the podium by the leader of the free world at the same tine. malaria medicine, bleach, warm weather, like the flu, etc.

    you also fail to offer the quotes of almost every republican now worshipping at the altar of donald identifying the same donald as a pathological liar, adulterer, and very strangely beholden to the russians…

  44. I don’t hate Beasley. I admire slot receivers in general and see guys like him Edelman and Welker as under-rated. I admire that he married an African American woman an is raising a family. I understand vaccine hesitancy given I have a son with Asperger’s. Some believe in a link between vaccines and autism.

    All that said, the way to defeat the pandemic is through vaccination and that is a scientific fact.

  45. “I am just glad this selfish loser is not on my team. And you just know he voted for you know who, too.”

    1. What team are you on?
    2. You don’t start a sentence with “And.”
    3. What does that matter?
    4. Rent free.
    So dumb.

  46. Disagreeing with the information that’s out there doesn’t qualify as information being withheld. What we know for certain is that the Delta variant has caused a major increase in infections and the overwhelming majority of hospitalizations are unvaccinated people.

    All science is theoretical. Gravity is a theory. Chemistry is a theory. We don’t know “everything” about anything. But what we do know is people who aren’t vaccinated are the ones mostly likely to be getting so sick its life-threatening.

  47. He is about to fumble NFL money bag to make a political stand. I hope he knows what he is doing and doesn’t live with regrets for the rest of his life.

  48. billsfan3434 says:
    July 29, 2021 at 2:35 pm
    Do you think that you keep writing articles about this stuff you will talk it into existence? Cole Beasley has an opinion on this and this is America, he is free to feel whatever way he wants about it wether we agree with him or not. The infatuation that PFT has with Beasley and this topic is getting creepy. Stop pushing a narrative and cover pro football.
    ————————-
    I agree with you to the extent that I would like to see PFT stop giving this clown a forum from which to babble his ridiculous and absurd position. There are people out there who are actually swayed by the opinions of professional athletes so the less print space this clown gets, the better it is for all of us.

  49. Another major different between Beasley and Kaepernick is that Kaepernick is/was correct. Thanks to body cameras and cell phone videos, we’ve got plenty of evidence of the police using unnecessary force on black people. That observation will certainly anger a lot of PFT commenters, but it has the benefit of being true.

  50. Coles choice is only relevant to his health. IT does not affect anyone else in anyway.

    ____

    Except that we are talking about a contagious disease, you know, the kind that someone can give to other people….so yeah, it does affect other people.

  51. 50Stars says:
    July 29, 2021 at 3:10 pm
    Whats the point of vaccinating if you can still catch the covid? If he doesnt want the vaccine thats his own choice. I am perplexed why anyone would care if he wants it or not. Everyone else has their own choice to get vaxed if they want to. Just worry about oneself and not others opinions – please.

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

    The point is it prevent hospitalization and gets the disease to the point where it can be managed at home (I.e. like the flu). Nobody is (or rather should be) scrutinizing his choice to not get vaccinated. Wanting to be treated the same as vaccinated people is a completely different matter.

  52. wallysays says:
    July 29, 2021 at 3:34 pm
    This comes down to a individual having the freedom to express their concerns without the fear of retaliation. Let people have the choice of what they put in “their” body. You can not have a answer for this question. ” How can you know what the long term medical issue may be if we haven’t had enough time pass to find out?

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

    Again, the issue isn’t about choosing not to get vaccinated. It just removes the right to complain about being treated differently.

  53. cancerman2020 says:
    July 30, 2021 at 7:36 am
    Coles choice is only relevant to his health. IT does not affect anyone else in anyway.

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

    If you are unvaccinated his decision most definitely affects you!

  54. All this talk about long term risks of vaccines, please name one vaccine that has had side effects that have occurred after 20 years, 10 years, 5 years. I guess you could be right, we don’t know if there are side effects at the 70 year mark for polio, I guess we’ll find out in 4 years.

  55. Does Cole Beasley not realize the Bills signed Emmanuel Sanders who is a far better slot receiver than he is, he thinks he’s untouchable but reality will soon hit and he’ll be singing a different tune.

  56. Cole Beasley will be a much sought after player once the vaccinated players start succumbing to the unintended side effects of the vaccine.

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