NFL refutes NFLPA’s assertion the league never asked for vaccine mandate

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NFL Players Association president JC Tretter insinuated earlier this week that the NFL never sought a vaccine mandate for players. The Browns center added “it’s the NFL’s choice on the mandate.”

The NFL strongly denied that in a conference call, saying it has wanted and still wants mandatory vaccines for players. It is the NFLPA that has opposed the mandate, NFL deputy general counsel Larry Ferazani said.

“We saw that same quote. I honestly don’t understand where that came from,” Ferazani said. “We’ve been discussing with the Players Association mandatory vaccination from the start. In fact, as you recall, we took the lead and required staff and coaches to be vaccinated in order to have access to a player. Beginning at that point, we began banging the drum for what their experts also concede is the single greatest way that we can protect the players and the staff, which is to get to a 100 percent vaccination level. That was our request from that, and we would still love to see that mandate go into effect tomorrow.”

Dr. Allen Sills, the NFL’s chief medical officer, said on the call that 93 percent of NFL players are vaccinated as of Wednesday. NFL coaches and staff are required by the NFL to be vaccinated to work in person with players.

“We still could improve, with the final 7 percent, and we would love to see that,” Ferazani said.

Perhaps it is semantics. Perhaps the NFL didn’t explicitly ask the union for mandatory vaccines, knowing the NFLPA would not agree to one. In any event, the NFL wants a mandatory vaccine. The union believes players should be vaccinated but won’t go as far as requiring vaccines.

NFL officials, who have a union, also do not have a vaccine mandate, Dawn Aponte, the NFL’s chief football administrative officer, confirmed on the call.

14 responses to “NFL refutes NFLPA’s assertion the league never asked for vaccine mandate

  1. How about we just go back to living normal again? If you get sick, stay home. The pandemic of asymptomatic people!

    Psst, it’s officially a epidemic now, not a pandemic anymore.

  2. I’m a doctor. Out of 45 people in my icu 44 did not get the vaccine.. That seems to be cause snd effect. You don’t have to wear a seat belt ( although it’s the law) but you might think it’s a good idea when your head is going through the windshield. I’m all for choice. No one had to get vaccinated. And the NFL doesn’t have to keep unvaccinated people in their rosters.

  3. If you are willing to play football, which involves being in communal locker rooms, shower, meeting rooms, then maybe you might want to rethink it if you are concern about a player that hasn’t had a shot.

  4. This is madness. The majority of the NFL are vaccinated yet the majority are still getting Covid. Enough. It’s an endemic at this point. It will always be with us. It’s impossible to create an effective coronavirus vaccine. It’s becoming that this has nothing to do with health and safety and everything to do with control.

  5. “ If you are willing to play football, which involves being in communal locker rooms, shower, meeting rooms, then maybe you might want to rethink it if you are concern about a player that hasn’t had a shot.”

    The majority of the league is vaccinated and it’s the vaccinated who spreading the spike protein to others (vaccinated or not). Do research on coronaviruses and why it’s impossible to create an effective vaccine.

  6. Am I the only one that assumes the NFLPA wanted to use any discussion of a vaccine mandate as a negotiating ploy?

    I’m pretty sure if it were all about health and both the NFL & NFLPA stated players health is a priority, thus we agree to make it mandatory- it already would be.

  7. The very best way to get people to take the vaccine is to hit them where it counts….THE WALLET….
    Non vax… your health insurance is 200.00 more per month
    Non vax …you no longer qualify for life insurance
    Non vax…you can no longer work here
    Non vax….That will be an additional 50% to help cover overhead serving you
    Non vax…. You no longer qualify for any state/federal government assistance programs
    Your body your choice…. Choices have consequences!!

  8. Quid Pro Joe says:
    August 26, 2021 at 8:15 pm
    “ If you are willing to play football, which involves being in communal locker rooms, shower, meeting rooms, then maybe you might want to rethink it if you are concern about a player that hasn’t had a shot.”

    The majority of the league is vaccinated and it’s the vaccinated who spreading the spike protein to others (vaccinated or not). Do research on coronaviruses and why it’s impossible to create an effective vaccine

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    It’s hard to create new vaccines in general, and it’s no different for coronavirus. Hard, NOT impossible. The vaccine they have now is effective, but like all vaccines…its not 100 percent effective. The problem isn’t the sceince or the scientists…its the people that think they are smarter than they really are and read stuff they don’t fully understand and then spread misinformation.

  9. This is not about health and safety of the players. This is purely about teams not wanting to forfeit a game and get an L. Regardless of vaccine status it can be caught and spread by everyone. This is the NFL trying to lessen the liability on their end.

  10. The vaccine doesn’t prevent you from getting or spreading COVID, it protects you from dying from COVID. Everyone should get vaccinated(if their health allows them to) but the players who choose not to aren’t hurting anyone on the team. These rules are the problem, not the unvaccinated players.

  11. TheCerealKiller says:
    August 26, 2021 at 6:35 pm
    How about we just go back to living normal again? If you get sick, stay home. The pandemic of asymptomatic people!

    Psst, it’s officially a epidemic now, not a pandemic anymore.
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    Psst, it is still “officially” a pandemic. Global spread and infection rate determines that and by no measure has the rate and spread dropped to epidemic levels. If anything, we are experiencing the highest and worst levels since covid arrived.

    For many years, “normal” meant you went to work sick and kept going until you knew it was so obvious you were ill that there is no way you be accused of faking it and get fired. People don’t stay home. They can’t afford to. How do you feel about mandatory paid sick leave?

  12. Semantics is 100% correct. They never made it mandatory but they changed the rules that basically does the same.

  13. ejmat2 says:
    August 27, 2021 at 11:59 am
    Semantics is 100% correct. They never made it mandatory but they changed the rules that basically does the same.

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    Its nit about punishing anyone, it’s about freedom. And the NFL has the right to exercise theirs just like any business that is trying to protect its bottom line. If the games start getting impacted they lose money, its that simple. They have a right to take measures to avoid that happening to them.

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