Denzel Perryman: I’m thinking about getting vaccinated now; I don’t like being an outcast

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The COVID-19 protocols that the NFL and NFL players association agreed to for the 2021 season have provided a clear incentive for players to get vaccinated.

Apparently, those rules and restrictions have made at least one player reconsider his stance on getting jabbed.

Linebacker Denzel Perryman addressed the Las Vegas media for the first time since the Raiders acquired him from the Panthers and told reporters that he hasn’t liked how being unvaccinated has made him feel in the team facility.

“For the record, I am thinking about the vaccination now,” Perryman said, via Adam Hill of the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “I ain’t gonna lie. Too many restrictions going on. Can’t even eat with my fellow brothers. I don’t like being an outcast.”

As Hill pointed out, Perryman was required to wear a mask at the podium because he hasn’t received a vaccine to this point.

If it takes feeling like an outcast to induce Perryman into getting vaccinated, then in many ways, that’s a victory for public health. But it also helps the Raiders for availability. Having fewer unvaccinated players means there are fewer individuals who must be placed on the COVID-19 list due to a close contact. And as we’ve seen with the Colts this week, missing those days in the regular season would be significant.

19 responses to “Denzel Perryman: I’m thinking about getting vaccinated now; I don’t like being an outcast

  1. I’m seeing a whole lot of “My body my choice” posts on social media yesterday from the same people who want vaccine mandates. At least be consistent in your beliefs

  2. He could have saved a little time and breath and just said, “I’m an idiot”, because that’s what his statement is really saying.

    The vaccine is safe and it will help make sure you are around for your team and your family. If that’s not of primary importance to you, then you deserve to be an outcast.

  3. I guess this is good, but what’s concerning is the attitude of mot caring about your fellow man.

    My grandparents of the Greatest Generation, have rolled over in their graves 1000 times by now.

    And my uncle, a polio survivor, sits in utter disbelief with these people.

  4. Yeah, Denzel. Do what you feel comfortable with. Even if it potentially puts my loved ones at risk. What’s most important is that you feel COMFORTABLE. lol

  5. Idiotic. You want a cookie for thinking about doing something to protect your teammates and family?

  6. It’s not my body my choice when it’s a matter of public welfare. You can’t yell fire in a movie theater just because you have freedom of speech. Your personal freedoms end at the point where they jeopardize the safety of others. Has always been that way.

  7. No one should be made to feel like an “outcast” because of a choice. However, I wonder how this generation wouldl have delat with the rations in WW II, where everyone had to pull their weight in the war effort for the common good of America. Some will say well this isn’t WW II, I say nay! It is a war and we all need to do our part to stomp this virus out. Be an asset to your community instead of a liability.

  8. Many people have long term health problems after getting covid. Some have to sit in a wheelchair and some athletes who did triathlons before the illness can hardly run. If an NFL athlete suffers from these health problems, they may be out of the game. That will make them an outcast for sure.

  9. No one should be made to feel bad because of a choice? Wrong! If you choose not to wear your seatbelt, you should feel bad. If you choose to drive drunk, you should feel bad. If you choose not to get a life-saving vaccination, you should feel bad.

  10. Freedom over your own body ends at someone else’s body. You see, they have that same freedom. So you can drink and get drunk. It’s ok to hurt your own health. But you can’t drive drunk. Now you’re likely to hurt someone else’s health. You have freedom to drive. But you can’t go 70 mph through a school cross walk with kids crossing the street. You have the right to shoot a high powered rifle, but you can’t shoot it in your back yard within city limits with children playing on the other side of the fence. All your freedom ends at the other person’s body. You have freedom not to get vaccinated. You can get the virus and die. Nobody is going to bother you if you choose that path. But you can’t go around infecting other people who might want to live. This is very easy to understand. The laws are very consistent. You have freedom over your body. Everyone else has freedom over their body. You have no freedom over someone else’s body. It belongs to them.


  11. worstpotusever says:
    September 3, 2021 at 1:35 pm

    No one should be made to feel bad because of a choice? Wrong! If you choose not to wear your seatbelt, you should feel bad. If you choose to drive drunk, you should feel bad. If you choose not to get a life-saving vaccination, you should feel bad.” Well, at least you got your user name correct, and it only took Biden 8 months. Not counting his 40 years of previous ineptitude.

  12. The definition of Discrimination is the act of making unjustified distinctions between human beings based on the groups, classes, or other categories to which they are perceived to belong.

  13. A good friend explained it like this:

    For those who don’t want the vaccine and contract Covid, they will take any experimental drug to save their lives. Ask the Joe Rogan followers.

    Why not just take the vaccine instead?

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