After pushback from league, Bill Belichick revisits his vaccine comments

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The back-and-forth between Patriots coach Bill Belichick and the league office over vaccinations continues.

After Belichick downplayed the vaccine last week by saying a “pretty high number” of vaccinated players have tested positive, the league pushed back through its chief medical officer. Meeting with reporters on Monday morning, Belichick referred to the vaccine issue in his opening remarks.

“No player has been kept or released because of their vaccine status,” Belichick said, via Mark Daniels of the Providence Journal. “My comment relative to vaccinations are really the way I feel. That’s an individual decision to make. . . . We’re better off if everyone is vaccinated.”

Belichick said what he had to say, because the rules prohibit vaccine status from being a factor in roster decisions. If he had admitted that, for example, the daily testing requirement for Cam Newton made Belichick less inclined to trust him to be available to be the starting quarterback without a sudden and abrupt absence, the NFL Players Association likely would have launched an investigation.

But Belichick has a point. Players who are vaccinated are testing positive. And, as noted earlier, incentives crafted to help persuade players to get vaccinated could create far more opportunities for infection than last year, when everyone was subject to the full and complete protocols.

11 responses to “After pushback from league, Bill Belichick revisits his vaccine comments

  1. The anti-covid-vaxers don’t know how to respond to this – on one hand, Belichick is emphasizing personal choice, but then goes on to say that we are all better off vaccinated. Their heads are about to explode!

  2. Very interesting how political this vaccine has become. Clearly a decided advantage to being a fully vaccinated team. If everything were truly about public safety, player safety, would there be a season? Got to get that gambling money, I guess.

  3. Again, if the union wasn’t “investigating” Urban Meyer for being honest, this wouldn’t be an issue.

    He should have just said “no” about Newton and lied and left it that.

    I’d love to know who the remaining non-vaxxed players are, to be honest. If they are marginal, I’d like them released so the season isn’t jeopardized by these selfish kinds of people. Newton was selfish last year and this year, so enough of selfish people like Brady before, ruining seasons.

    NFL teams need all 53 guys moving in one direction.

    Everyone else, who don’t make millions, are trying to do their part for society. It’s just not a lot to ask.

  4. I don’t get why commentators and experts aren’t focusing on the fact that Cam threw 8 tds and 10 ints last year in 15 games. He’s only thrown more than 30 tds in one season. The fact is that he isn’t a very good QB. RB sure. But QB? No.

    Best thing for Cam would be to talk with Urban Meyer about becoming a TE.

  5. Spot on in regard to more incentives to get vaccinated. Only problem is some person or group will twist it into a rights violation.

  6. “But Belichick has a point. Players who are vaccinated are testing positive.”
    ___________

    This is an irresponsible statement, as it implies that all vaccinated players are testing positive. In fact, an infinitesimal amount of vaccinated players have tested positive. The huge majority of positive tests come from unvaccinated players, just as in the public at large.

  7. “And, as noted earlier, incentives crafted to help persuade players to get vaccinated could create far more opportunities for infection than last year, when everyone was subject to the full and complete protocols.”
    ____________

    There should be more incentives for players to get vaccinated. Actually it should be mandated, as it should be for everyone. Vaccinated people do not transmit the virus. It’s time to force the science denying idiots to do the right thing and put an end to this pandemic.

  8. What’s interesting is that those who deny science and refuse to get vaccinated, somehow believe science and go to the hospital when they get sick from COVID-19!

  9. Except Belichick was right and he didn’t walk back his statement at all. I swear folks are just looking to push their agendas without caring about the facts. Cam Newton was slow learning the playbook, didn’t engage as much with the staff as Mac Jones, and is a crappy QB. It’s not complicated.

  10. pointtwopsiistheissue says:
    September 6, 2021 at 12:18 pm
    What’s interesting is that those who deny science and refuse to get vaccinated, somehow believe science and go to the hospital when they get sick from COVID-19!
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    Whats even more interesting is how after all their crowing about the vax they will still inject themselves with armadillo hormones or whatever anyone suggests might give them an advantage without even worrying about the science one way or the other.

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