Jimmy Graham says he was “basically forced into getting the vaccine”

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The NFL Players Association has made clear that it will fight any attempt by the NFL to force players to get vaccinated. But the NFLPA is advocating forcing vaccinated players to get tested for COVID-19 more frequently, and Bears tight end Jimmy Graham appears to be upset with his union over the latest development.

Graham posted the NFLPA’s memo advocating more frequent mandatory testing of vaccinated players on Twitter, and Graham indicated that he is not on board.

“Was basically forced into getting the vaccine. Now I’m just confused. @NFLPA,” Graham wrote.

Graham did the right thing by getting the vaccine, whether he felt “basically forced” into it or not. But he’s surely not the only player who’s now wondering why his union is advocating that management force him to get tested more frequently, after he already did the responsible thing and got the COVID-19 vaccine.

118 responses to “Jimmy Graham says he was “basically forced into getting the vaccine”

  1. Saying he was “forced” allows him to get the shot he wants while giving him cover with anti-vaxxers and “freedom” lovers

  2. I have family members who have low immune systems. So I jumped at the chance to get the vaccine as soon as I could to protect them. So I have no sympathy for these players who feel “forced”

  3. That’s what I expected to happen. The goalposts keep moving. Get the league vaccinated and we still bring restrictions back.

  4. You would think Jimmy would try anything to improve his 5.3 40 yard dash? speed!

  5. cma1973 says:
    August 5, 2021 at 8:59 am
    It’s proving very useful against the variant. Oh wait, no its not.

    Nearly 100% of people getting the virus these days are unvaccinated. Nearly 100% being hospitalized or dying are unvaccinated. You’re simply wrong in your statement.

  6. in a perfect world jimmy is correct, but….we don’t live in a perfect world…

  7. It was the NFL that said that he could get tested every other week after the vaccination. It is the union that represents him(NFLPA), that wants the testing to be every day.

  8. He wasn’t FORCED to do anything…. Do people actually understand what that word means???
    He had the FREEDOM to do as he CHOSE…. How is that even close to the concept of being forced???
    I’M blown away at how so many people are confused out there!!!

  9. This entire vaccine and virus has been bungled from the start.
    Mark my words, there will be a different “variant” every few months to control the entire country
    These players should have a choice just as everyone else should.

  10. Jimmy Graham probably needed to get vaccinated just to make a roster. How is he still in the league?

  11. Are you forced to play in the NFL too? Options/freedoms (whatever you want to call it)…we all have them.

  12. Some people never grow up. They have the world view of a five year old. Nothing in life is perfect and controllable. True bravery is doing what is needed over what is desired. Quit whining and take the shot. It’s not all about you.

  13. I mean, you can still get COVID regardless so, sorry for the people who actually got vaccinated for no reason lol.

  14. “It’s proving very useful against the variant. Oh wait, no its not.”

    It’s stopping people from dying. Only unvaccinated people are dying.

  15. Throughout the pandemic some have tried very hard to oversimplify a vastly complicated thing.

    Viruses mutate, no one can be an expert on an unknown, so recommendations and safety measures will change and be revised over time. Even the vaccinated can carry the virus to others. Being vaccinated does not guarantee that you won’t catch it.

    There are no absolutes in all this – other than getting vaccinated protects you (imperfect though it may be), and being unvaccinated leaves you vulnerable, and will allow the virus to continue to live, spread and mutate.

    Does anyone actually believe that all of the wealthy talking heads and politicians ranting against the vaccine haven’t been vaccinated themselves? Of course they have.

  16. Well, I was forcewd to listen to Jimmy graham and his nonsense regarding science.

  17. Vaccine is a waste of time and energy. Better things in life to focus upon.
    ———-
    Yeah, like being hospitalized or maybe spending time on a ventilator. Perhaps planning a funeral. It’s amazing how many people on their COVID deathbed start begging for the vaccine after it’s too late.

  18. We have to adjust to reality. Everyone needs to be vaccinated, but the delat varian is still spreading. If you are vaccinated, you still may catch the virus, but at least you won’t die or even likely end up in the hospital.

    If you don’t get vaccinated, you are making things even worse.

  19. Why does any of this matter? We are talking about potentially life or death. GET THE VACCINES. GET TESTED.

  20. Don’t know where people are getting their info but the people getting sick now are people who have already had the shot. That’s why there is such a backlash now.

  21. That’s the whole idea. Just make it inconvenient enough to not be vaccinated that you get the stragglers to comply. Those who believe that strongly in not getting it are free to do what they wish but most will eventually come around. Goal accomplished.

  22. Got forced into getting a completely safe vaccine that might save his life and keep him healthy?? Oh no!!!!! The HORRORS!

  23. I LOVE how people think this is a choice. Give me your bank account and then I’ll present you with the CHOICE of taking the shot or not. Take it and you get your money back. If you CHOOSE not to I get to keep your money. That’s a not a choice it’s coercion!

  24. I mean, you can still get COVID regardless so, sorry for the people who actually got vaccinated for no reason lol.
    —————————————–
    Please do a little research, it goes a long way. Yes, the delta variant is much more contagious and as a result, breakthrough cases, which were expected all along, have increased. Additionally, vaccinated people with delta spread it as easily as unvaccinated. However, and this is the point that’s also been emphasized from the beginning of the rollout: the vaccine is designed to prevent serious infection, hospitalization, and death. The statistical data has overwhelmingly proved it’s effective and so far, against ALL variants to date. 99%+ of hospitalizations and deaths are still among the unvaccinated.

  25. Forced or voluntary, I am just glad he is vaccinated. He is a member of the Union, so this protocol issue, he can take it up with the team rep. Until then…play ball.

  26. people are baffling. if you got the shot, great, good on you. if you didn’t, great, that’s fine too…let’s get back to living…this is a joke, this is salem witch trial stuff now. get on with & enjoy your lives already. good grief.

  27. hinglemccringleberry says:
    August 5, 2021 at 9:09 am
    This entire vaccine and virus has been bungled from the start.
    Mark my words, there will be a different “variant” every few months to control the entire country
    These players should have a choice just as everyone else should.
    ———————————————————————————————
    The reason there’s variants is because of continued high levels of spread caused by those non- vaccinated . The Delta variant is impacting the areas with lower vaccine rates but then continues to spread albeit at a slower place to other areas with higher vaccination rates . If the majority of people in the USA got the vaccination when first available the Delta variant would not have spread to the degree it now has . Nobody ever claimed the vaccination was a 100% effective , but at 90% or better it’s still considered highly effective . As long as we continue to have large numbers of unvaccinated people you are sadly correct the continued spread of the virus will lead to more mutations . Even though you’re trying to undermine the credibility of the vaccine with your comment you actually are making a strong argument to get the vaccination because if the spread continues because of vaccine hesitancy we will continue to see mutations that could even be more detrimental then those we are seeing today . Covid isn’t going to disappear but the vaccinations are the path forward to lower the spread , to slow down possible mutations to the point we can get live life normally again without experiencing large outbreaks and possible mutations because of the unvaccinated .

  28. I think some people are just bored since they election was certified and just need SOMETHING to fulfill their persecution complex.

    Talk to any doctor on the front lines of this thing and vaccines would prevent nearly all the terrible things they’re seeing at the hospitals.

  29. Could you imagine the death toll if we didn’t get vaccinated this strain is bad be unselfish get the shot so we can get back to normal

  30. “Mark my words, there will be a different “variant” every few months to control the entire country”

    Uhh, there will be different variants because it’s a highly contagious, infectious disease that mutates to defeat our immune systems. Saying there will be more variants isn’t exactly a masterful prediction, nor will it stand as evidence of your powers of prophecy when it comes true.

  31. “I mean, you can still get COVID regardless so, sorry for the people who actually got vaccinated for no reason lol.”

    You are 21x less likely to end up hospitalized by COVID if you’re vaccinated.

    You are 136x less likely to die from COVID if you’re vaccinated.

    Data sources: CDC, Kaiser Family Foundation, WHO, COVID Tracking Project

    Thanks for your comment though, “lol”

  32. really puts the employer not paying for contraception argument into a new perspective

  33. “Don’t know where people are getting their info but the people getting sick now are people who have already had the shot”

    That’s a huge misstatement.

    Yes you can get sick if you had the vax, but you are almost certainly not going to end up in a hospital or on a ventilator / dying. You will have a mild case.

    99% of the people who are in ICUs now, on venitlators and dropping like flies into graves are the unvaxed.

    And I’m getting my info from articles posted by / interviews with ICU docs in the hotspots who have dealt with patient after patient begging for the vax when they’re about to get a ventilator shoved down their throat. Which of course is far too late for it to be any help

  34. He could just, you know, not play football. “forced” is a forced argument.

  35. Covid has killed more than 600,000 Americans in 18 months despite unprecedented efforts to control it.

    No idea why anybody would be complaining about masks, vaccines, or tests.

  36. Vaccines and vaccine status is NOT a personal choice or freedom during a GLOBAL PANDEMIC! Why should you get to continue to threaten others by allowing a known pathogen to proliferate and infect others? Where does it say in the constitution you get to do that?!?!??

  37. So Mr Graham, your freedom of choice shouldn’t impact my life I have freedom……the freedom to live!

  38. On a list of the top 10 things Jimmy should be worried about getting vaccinated should be at number 99.

  39. Ah, poor baby. He was “forced” to protect the lives and health of those around him, when it was something he should have done eagerly.

  40. jerry292 says:
    August 5, 2021 at 8:58 am
    That’s what I expected to happen. The goalposts keep moving. Get the league vaccinated and we still bring restrictions back.
    ____________

    We all feel so sorry for you people who have been “forced” to live with “restrictions”. We sincerely apologize for impeding your freedom by asking you to wear a mask and to not stand right next to us while you are breathing, coughing, and sneezing on us. We realize how valuable your freedom to snuggle up next to strangers really is.

  41. covidiots says:
    August 5, 2021 at 9:56 am
    “Don’t know where people are getting their info but the people getting sick now are people who have already had the shot”

    That’s a huge misstatement.

    Yes you can get sick if you had the vax, but you are almost certainly not going to end up in a hospital or on a ventilator / dying. You will have a mild case.

    99% of the people who are in ICUs now, on venitlators and dropping like flies into graves are the unvaxed.

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    And still to date, vaccinated or not, zero NFL players or staff have died of Covid. They are just not a high risk group. So stop comparing young athletic people to elderly or otherwise compromised individuals who make up the vast majority of Covid deaths.

    If people really want to avoid dying from Covid, perhaps they should focus on exercise, eating good healthy foods and avoiding drugs including alcohol and tobacco.

  42. “No idea why anybody would be complaining about masks, vaccines, or tests.”

    It’s due to the incredible amount of misinformation floating around on social media. We see some of it right here in this thread. Politician Marjorie Taylor Green, for example, likes to tout the number of people who have died after getting the vaccine. Someone failed to explain to Ms. Green that the vaccine wasn’t a cure for death. Believe it or not, if you get an mRNA vaccine, you’re still going to die from something.

  43. hinglemccringleberry says:
    August 5, 2021 at 9:09 am
    This entire vaccine and virus has been bungled from the start.
    Mark my words, there will be a different “variant” every few months to control the entire country.
    _____________

    Do you people live in constant state of paranoia? Please explain exactly who it is that is trying “to control the entire country”? Is it one person or a group of people? Is it the dreaded New World Order? Is it the commies, the socialists, or the libs? Perhaps Perhaps aliens are seeking control.

  44. He most likely got vaccinated because he knows players at the end of their career that refuse the shot will be on the streets in a few weeks…..

  45. voddyt says:
    August 5, 2021 at 9:43 am
    I mean, you can still get COVID regardless so, sorry for the people who actually got vaccinated for no reason lol.
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    So sad. So very sad.

  46. Oh poor baby, forced into getting a vaccine so u can make millions of dollars playing a game.

  47. cma1973 says:
    August 5, 2021 at 8:59 am
    It’s proving very useful against the variant. Oh wait, no its not.

    Nearly 100% of people getting the virus these days are unvaccinated. Nearly 100% being hospitalized or dying are unvaccinated. You’re simply wrong in your statement.
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Sorry, YOU are wrong. I know three people, including my brother, who are vaccinated and have got CO-VID. My brother is still recovering.

  48. Don’t know where people are getting their info but the people getting sick now are people who have already had the shot. That’s why there is such a backlash now.
    >>>>><<<<<<
    Current aggregated statistics vis a vis organizations such as Johns Hopkins and US Dept of Health & Human Svcs indicate breakthrough rates much lower than 1% of fully vaccinated Americans for Covid (Delta) (e.g. 125K out of 164.2 million vaccinated). Your statement is dead wrong and misleading at best.

  49. so who held the gun to his head and made him get a shot? do these donkeys not realize that they will forfeit games if there is an outbreak amongst unvaxxed players? WFT has multiple players out with covid, big named guys, guys that want more information lol they say. 90% of the hospital beds in Miami are occupied by the unvaxxed, they are also dying much quicker too, you know who isn’t getting as sick or dying, the vaxxed. Shut up and take your shot! the government is already tracking you with your phone you clowns! Patriot act, read up on it.

  50. And still to date, vaccinated or not, zero NFL players or staff have died of Covid. They are just not a high risk group. So stop comparing young athletic people to elderly or otherwise compromised individuals who make up the vast majority of Covid deaths.
    >>>><<<<<
    And what makes you so sure that these bullet-proof unvaxxed NFL players are not going to transmit the virus to an elderly, or compromised population? Think virus….think transmission and spread. This isn't hard people.

  51. Regardless of which camp you are in politically no one wants anyone to die from covid and the “new world order” is not strong or smart enough to create all info from thin air about how much more likely you are to get really sick or die without the vaccination.

  52. atfirstglance says:
    August 5, 2021 at 9:06 am
    Vaccine is a waste of time and energy. Better things in life to focus upon.

    A mentality like this has no place in a modern society.

    You simply can’t expect to be taken seriously as an adult after making a statement like that.

  53. People seem unable to correlate freedom of choice with consequences of choice. When one chooses, then the consequences of that choice will follow. If you want to play football, take steps (get the shot) to become less of a contagion hazard to those around you. If you don’t want the vaccine, that is fine: just do not expect to play football or be out in public. “Freedom” in this case does not mean freedom from responsibility. You can’t have it both ways.

  54. “It’s proving very useful against the variant. Oh wait, no its not.” It certainly is helping against the variant.over 99.5% of Covid patients in the hospitals right now are unvaccinated fools.do some research before spouting your lies.

  55. What is the big deal of getting a covid test after recieving your vaccination,it no big deal,a cotton swab in your nose is nothing.Graham acts like he is being forced to get a prostate exam instead of a covid test but then again he just may love prostate exams.

  56. Take a stand Jimmy and Opt Out! Be a true man of character to avoid taking the harmless vaccine that limits spread, lowers severity and saves lives.

  57. “Vaccine is a waste of time and energy. Better things in life to focus upon.” after you catch Covid and are fighting for your life on a ventilator in intensive care you can lay in your bed focusing on how much you want to keep breathing normally and living another day.

  58. I’m curious if those using the “emergency approval only” argument for not getting the vaccine will then get it once fully approved, which could be as soon as September for the Pfizer one.

    maybe there’s a Vegas line on that

  59. Maybe not have events with seventy thousand people crammed so close to together super spreading , might be a smart first idea …

  60. Nearly 100% of people getting the virus these days are unvaccinated.
    ________
    This is unequivocally false.

  61. Those that condemn the unvaccinated as endangering the vaccinated ones need to realize this, everyone that drives over the speed limit ,everyone that has a couple drinks and drives ,everyone that mows grass onto the street ,everyone that buys cheap products from a third world country ,,,you endanger a human life. So do you really care about your fellow humans or just yourself?

  62. Well yeah Jimmy. If you cant make the logical, intelligent decision on your own, a decision will be made for you. Or you can be like the other players and still not got it, and make more work on the coaching staff and organization to accommodate your selfishness

  63. “Basically forced” means that he was not forced. It’s a black and white thing. You either are or you aren’t. No one has ever said they are basically pregnant

  64. 666,000 dead non vaccinated out of 150 million 1000 dead vaccinated out of 185 million vaccinated who are you kidding.

  65. Why does everything have to be made political? Some people are just against vaccines of any kind. I got my Moderna shots, but I don’t pass judgments on others when I’m not privy to their personal beliefs.

  66. The people who say they “aren’t scared” are clearly more scared than anyone they’re railing against.

    Little kids aren’t this scared of getting s shot. It’s pathetic to hear adults complain.

  67. Jimmy Graham has earned approximately $75 million as an NFL player so far, not including endorsements. If that money is all gone, there are multiple restaurants in your town happy to hire you right now as a server, they’ll give you $2.13 an hour plus tips. This will allow you to provide for your family without being “forced” to get a vaccine for work, and you can spend extra time with non vaccinated unmasked people and preserve your freedoms from tyranny.

  68. I wish Jimmy Graham were forced to play better. Dude’s been a non-factor since he left the Saints. He’s fortunate to still have a team that’s willing to pay him.

  69. You were not forced you can get another job that doesn’t require a Covid test. Try Uber

  70. Jimmy you are protecting others in the community. You are protecting your teammates and their families. And you are protecting the company ( BEARS Org) who pays your salary. If you and any others dont want to get vaccinated -then stay at home in your basement. WE do not need any typhoid Mary’s wandering around infecting others. There are enough of them around. The League should have mandated vaccinations as most Hospitals and other businesses are doing. It is your choice – but it is the businesses choice who to allow into their buildings. Remember the days of measles, chicken pox, ebola etc

  71. “Graham did the right thing by getting the vaccine” … Oh, you know what’s best medically for Jimmy?

  72. Sorry, not much sympathy here.

    You could do something else for a living.

    And unlike 98% of us, you could retire. Comfortably.

  73. Did someone hold a gun to his head? Nope. Was he persuaded? Nope. He was had to make a choice. Damned if you do, broke if you don’t.

  74. The anti vax viewpoint doesn’t make any sense. Ask a doctor if you should be vaccinated or not. If you assume that your doctor is keeping information from you or giving you bad advice, get a second opinion and a third if necessary.

    People who expect perfect information about an emergent virus only known since late 2019 are foolish. Real-world clinical studies take months. FDA approval for vaccines can take a decade or more. We have the ability to manufacture an mRNA version of the spike protein of this virus, so you get virus specific antibodies without actually having to contract the virus. Is that infallible at keeping you from contracting actual COVID? Of course not, but it’s nearly 90% effective at keeping you out of the hospital should you become COVID positive.

    The R-naught value for this Delta variant is estimated at around 9. That means its one of the most infectious viruses we know of. If you’re not vaccinated, you’ll likely get it and if you get it, you’ll likely pass it on to 9 other people.

  75. These NFL players who are afraid of the vaccine kill me. They’re OK with knocking heads for a living but not a poke in the arm for a vaccine that’s proven to be safe.

  76. Covid attacks the respiratory system. Optimal breathing, and cardiovascular fitness separates those who make it in football and those who don’t.

    Forget politics, getting a vaccine will help save your career in football and income stream. If you catch covid, chances are good you will be sucking wind and shorten your career.

    Should be an easy choice. Not like they turn down the other junk they put in their bodies.

  77. What’s most upsetting to Jimmy Graham is he has had no side effects from the shot. Therefore he has no “AHA!”moment to complain about

  78. Freedom comes with responsibility. NFL players, like many employees, can choose to take or not take the vaccine. Not taking the vaccine heightens risk to others which is mitigated to a degree by increased testing. Why is that difficult for anti-vaxxers to comprehend?

    What they really want is to act irresponsibly with immunity (not from the virus but from any negative outcomes of not taking it). Graham is fortunate the choice wasn’t vaccinate or don’t play, which still would have been a choice he would be free to make.

  79. “Oh, you know what’s best medically for Jimmy?”

    If Jimmy is a human, then YES. EVERYONE should get vaccinated.

  80. letsgonow says:
    August 5, 2021 at 12:38 pm
    Perhaps because vax’d people are still getting the variants? Just saying.

    2 3 Rate This

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    Because the unvaxxed are giving it to them! Are you honestly this stupid?

  81. Throughout the pandemic some have tried very hard to oversimplify a vastly complicated thing.

    Viruses mutate, no one can be an expert on an unknown, so recommendations and safety measures will change and be revised over time. Even the vaccinated can carry the virus to others. Being vaccinated does not guarantee that you won’t catch it.

    There are no absolutes in all this – other than getting vaccinated protects you (imperfect though it may be), and being unvaccinated leaves you vulnerable, and will allow the virus to continue to live, spread and mutate
    ————————————————————————————–

    So to Recap:
    Some have tried to “oversimplify” a vastly complicated thing
    Viruses mutate, and the Vaccinated can carry the virus and transmit the virus at the same rate of the control group. (un-vaxxed)
    Getting Vaccinated protects you, (imperfect as it may be? LOL) and will allow the virus to continue to live, spread and mutate
    Being unvaccinated leaves you (extra?)vulnerable, and will allow the virus to continue to live, spread and mutate

  82. Not forced. Bojangles is hiring up to $13 per hour right down the street. Saw it this morning. No vax needed.

  83. No one is being forced to do anything – but there are ramifications to decisions. I work for a company and can leave at anytime to seek employment elsewhere as well as the company can seek to end my employment at anytime. Union workers have more protections but ultimately that risk exists (see last 30 years). There are certain requirements for me to be a company employee and most are in place to protect the company although some in turn protect me but that is simply a byproduct of protecting the company. I understand that and accept those requirements in turn for the benefits I get a an employee and if I feel strongly enough against a requirement I leave the company. No one is forced and you are free to leave at anytime…tired of I want freedom to make decisions but also there should be no ramifications to my decisions – don’t always get your cake and get to eat it as well.

  84. It’s August and you haven’t gotten vaccinated yet? I thought this was all over with months ago. lol

  85. Tsk.. tsk. So this man was forced into saving his life and of those around him? What a shame.

  86. Every player has a choice. And that choice should be either get vaccinated or do not play and do not get paid. There should be no choice about a requirement for playing. If and when the NFL gets smart they will require it as they should.

  87. Hard to retain any faith in humanity, despite a majority understanding what kind of fight this is. A global pandemic doesn’t care about your political persuasion, nor does it give a fig about your personal choices or freedoms. At some point all societies are judged on how they were able to agree upon and execute policies that serve the greater good. Isn’t that why we revere those who sacrifice for us in service of our nation? Because the best among us put others above themselves. Allow your better angels to tell you, it’s okay to be more selfless then selfish.

  88. Over the last couple of years it looks like he took a vaccine that protects him from catching a pass.

  89. touchback6 says:
    August 5, 2021 at 9:24 am
    Why are Millennials so dumb? How did this happen?
    ———————————— —————- ——————

    No responsibility from the Boomers, the generation who raised us and left us a trashed environment, broken economy and bi decade recessions to look forward to for all this happening on their watch.

  90. You can thank the NFL and NFLPA later Jimmy, for forcing (not really, since no one tied you down and jabbed you) you to do the smart thing and get vaxxed

  91. No brains and no blocking skills, what a combo!
    No wonder we dropped you like a bad habit in NOLA.

  92. I’ll be the first here to say if a 3rd shot is recommended as a booster, I’ll get one.

  93. The Government can’t force you, but your employer can… that’s if you want to continue working there.

    I don’t know why these whiny people think they have freedom from anybody but freedom from tyranny and oppression from the Government. Your employer can tell you if you want to continue working here, this is what you will need to do like a drug test, sexual harassment training, ethics training… etc.

    Get over it. There is no personal freedom. There are laws in place to protect the populace, and that’s the way it should be.

    I’m prepared to be locked down for another year while this disease takes out the stupid people in our civilization. We may be better off in the end.

  94. One further way to accelerate vaxxing among the holdouts is to provide that if must submit to daily or weekly testing as unvaccinated, that you, and not your team or employer, pay for the testing.

    These tests are NOT cheap.

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