With fresh COVID outbreak, NFL should look for fake vaccination cards now

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The NFL has a full-blown COVID outbreak. It only there was something the NFL could do to ensure that its protocols are being properly respected.

Wait, there is. With record numbers of players testing positive, the NFL can — and should — vet all vaccination cards in search of fakes.

The league says that 80 percent of vaccinated players got their vaccinations at team facilities. Those don’t need to be examined. As to the other 20 percent, an effort must be made to ensure that the vaccinations actually happened.

The NFL learned, through happenstance, that three fake cards were tendered to the Buccaneers. Without receiver Antonio Brown allegedly stiffing his former live-in chef, no one would know about it. And Brown and safety Mike Edwards would continue to be masquerading as vaccinated. (The third player, John Franklin III, was released in August.)

Where else have fake cards been used? With 31 other teams, it surely has happened. The league’s strategy for avoiding the elbow grease of checking cards has been to claim that the positive rates among those vaccinated at the facility and those vaccinated elsewhere are consistent.

That’s not nearly good enough. The league doesn’t want to take the time. The league doesn’t want to spend the money. The league doesn’t want to know how deep the rabbit hole goes.

With three in one team, how many are there? A hundred? More? And how many other vaccination cards raise obvious questions that were ignored when the cards were presented, such as why did Brown, Edwards, and Franklin get their vaccinations 80 miles away from Tampa?

It’s possible, frankly, that the league fears learning that non-players were involved in hooking players up with  fake vaccination cards. It’s also possible that non-players (like coaches and executives) used fake cards, too. (For them, there was no realistic option for being unvaccinated.)

The more the league rubs that lamp, the greater the chance a pissed-off genie will fly out of it. And if the NFL were to find itself in a widespread scandal over fake vaccination cards, Congress would start sending letters, seeking documents, conducting hearings, and otherwise underscoring irresponsibility and corruption that otherwise will remain fully concealed as long as the league continues to find a way to justify doing nothing.

Basically, expecting the league to pursue the issue of fake vaccination cards aggressively is akin to asking the fox to conduct a farm-wide hen census. The league gains nothing from determining the breadth of the problem, because the league ultimately caused it through a system of protocols that created a clear temptation to get fake cards and that did little if anything to prevent fake cards from being accepted.

If the league truly cares about getting the current situation under control, it will forget about the potential consequences and commit itself to finding all fake vaccination cards, so that those players can be handled differently.

The only other alternative at this point is to wipe out the distinction between vaccinated and unvaccinated players, and subject all of them to the same protocols.

61 responses to “With fresh COVID outbreak, NFL should look for fake vaccination cards now

  1. The vaccine may save your life if you get Covid.

    It is clearly not preventing the spread of Covid.

  2. Or, or…..look at the data and come to the conclusion that the vaccines aren’t as effective effective effective as some have been continously repeating. Just go about your lives. Stop testing. If you feel sick, stay home. If you feel fine, live it up.

  3. Or the league could accept that you can still transmit it if you’re vaccinated and scrap the separate rules for vaccinated and non vaccinated players or scrap the rules all together

  4. Just go about your lives. Stop testing. If you feel sick, stay home. If you feel fine, live it up.
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    Not sure what’s scarier….the stupidity of the statement or that 8 people agree.

  5. What a sure sheep way of thinking.

    Considering that the rate of catching it and spreading it are literally the same whether one is vaccinated or not, seems the conditioning test has gone shockingly smooth.

  6. Regardless what you think or belief is on vaccinations, this was made rule by the ever hypocritical NFL. They are quick to make rules, but choose how to enforce them. Let me say this. If you don’t like the recent surge in crime in this country and want law and order, then you should be in favor of the NFL pursuing who has fake cards. Regardless what you think, there needs to be order to these rules. If the NFL doesn’t want to take this approach, then shame on them. They are hypocrites and shouldn’t have made such a rule for the players to abide by. If they do pursue investigating and deliver penalties, it sends a message of enforcement. Every company has their policies. This is theirs.

  7. Funny how there’s an “outbreak” after Rodgers and Antonio and/or the changing of the season…but yeah continue…

  8. I’m sure the League already has been internally investigating/checking vaccine data to see how secure/Thorough is their current system.

  9. Some of these comments are.. just wow.. but the NFL first must want to actually find the fake cards. We’ve seen before that the NFL makes knee jerk reactions up until the exact moment they realize that whatever quick reaction they just made is not the outcome they want when considering other players. Right now, they want this to quietly disappear. The last thing they want is to open this can of worms.

  10. Don’t forget. You’re not actually protected unless you’ve had all twenty shots. And, if you can’t sense the sarcasm here, this post is for you.

  11. The NFL supplied the data that showed they have a problem. There should not be identical rates of covid among the vaccinated and unvaccinated. There should be significantly more unvaccinated cases. I believe the number is 6 to 10 times higher.

  12. Because of how late we are in the season, the NFL isn’t going to do anything about this. They are going to stick their heads in the sand and hope for the best. Next season we will see them decide to have one set of protocols applicable to all, regardless of whether it makes sense. They’re sick of this whole thing, and they rightly conclude that most fans are too. Yes, it’s true that an unvaccinated infected person spreads a greater amount of virus particles than a vaccinated person, so it makes sense to root out players masquerading as vaccinated, but what makes sense and what’s expedient for the NFL are two different things. Always have been.

  13. It must be players lying about vaccination status because it couldn’t possibly be the pharma companies who are taking in billions despite whistleblowers revealing the shortcuts taken to get the vaccines to market, or the politicians and government officials on their bankroll, or the media outlets they sponsor that are lying about the vaccine’s effectiveness. Nope, definitely fake bad cards

  14. I’m just waiting for a real, actual pandemic to hit. You know – an actual pandemic where bodies are piled up in the streets, and the army is burning everything in sight for fear of it spreading. What we have here is known as flu season, and that is all. What a joke. If you’re afraid, stay home, lock yourself inside and don’t come out. The rest of us have lives to live.

  15. I received my booster yesterday and forgot my paper card … an image of the vaccination record is on my phone.

    I was afraid I would be turned away because I didn’t have the paper record. The girl told me not to worry, as the information is entered into a state database and is easily found. Maybe that database is a starting point for the league?

  16. Thank God. But I wish the NFL did this before all those players died of Covid. Oh wait…

  17. Why would this even be brought up? Even now the most vaccinated areas cases are going up. The seasonal flu is around, I’m sorry but to keep thinking the unvaccinated our the problem is borderline idiotic. Just like a cold that is in your body can be passed, the vaccine puts a “cold” in your body and can be passed. Look up shedding, it actually happens.

  18. Interesting to see opinions on COVID vaccine effectiveness evolve in real time… I’ve had COVID, and I’ve had two shots. I won’t take another one.

  19. “The only other alternative at this point is to wipe out the distinction between vaccinated and unvaccinated players, and subject all of them to the same protocols.”

    This should have been done months ago when the vaccines were proven ineffective at stopping transmission.

  20. Why? The vaccinated can transmit the disease. In fact nearly 75% of all new infections are in the vaccinated. So why would it matter thta the NFL looks for fake vaccine cards?

  21. Nothing wrong with going after fakes, but vaccinated people can still get and transmit COVID.

  22. Only morons ever religiously believed a covid vaccine was good for them. Only morons still believe it.

  23. Lots of funny/legitimate comments here. The issue boils to: false confidence in vaccination by the league.

  24. Are we just going to ignore all these outbreaks of the vaxed and pretend that the vaccine is effective at stopping the spread because we’re so committed to that narrative??

  25. I’m likely drunk right now says:
    December 14, 2021 at 2:58 pm
    I’m just waiting for a real, actual pandemic to hit. You know – an actual pandemic where bodies are piled up in the streets, and the army is burning everything in sight for fear of it spreading. What we have here is known as flu season, and that is all. What a joke. If you’re afraid, stay home, lock yourself inside and don’t come out. The rest of us have lives to live.

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    More than 750,000 people in the US have died from the COVID pandemic, so far.

  26. Has the NFL or any government agency reported on the side effects from taking the jab, like heart conditions, guillain barre, etc?

  27. Wanna know what anti vaxxers and pro vaxxers have in common? They both will never be fully vaccinated hahahahaha

  28. Being vaccinated does NOT prevent you from getting covid. Being vaccinated does NOT decrease your odds of getting Covid. It also does NOT decrease your ability to spread Covid. Vaccinated or not, your odds of getting it, and spreading it, are exactly the same. Enough of this “get the shot for others” garbage. You getting the shot does not help anyone but you. So get the shot for you, and only you. Its time we end this fiasco. Face it, Covid was unleashed on us because they were doing research on the virus, and let it get out. The world will never ever ever ever ever again be free of covid. It just wont. Until they have a vaccine that actually prevents people from getting it, it is going to be with us for ever. Just like the flu. Just like the common cold. Everyone is going to get it. Probably more than once. And most of us will die from it. We wont have to worry about curing cancer, because no one will survive long enough because Covid will kill them long before the cancer does. Its reality.

  29. Me laughing at all the “Focus on Football, NOT Politics” commenters…you do realize that the Vaccine has nothing to do with Politics? The only reason that they do, is because the epitome of horrible human health was the one that made it ALL about Politics.

    By the way…those of you spouting that Politics need to stay away from the NFL, ALSO were all about Trump dogging the Kneeling issue, while at the same time saying they need to keep the National Anthem(also political)included in the games.

    The irony just evades you all…and I get it, you’ll never understand. But we do. It’s palpable.

  30. Um, it became about politics when the potato said he wouldn’t take it when orange man bad was in charge. The side that is supposed to be about inclusivity is actually not inclusive at all. Color me shocked.

  31. Mark Freeman says:
    December 14, 2021 at 2:47 pm
    The NFL supplied the data that showed they have a problem. There should not be identical rates of covid among the vaccinated and unvaccinated. There should be significantly more unvaccinated cases. I believe the number is 6 to 10 times higher.

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    This isn’t scientific, but an increasing number of vaccinated people I know have gotten Covid and were symptomatic. Myself included. And darn near everyone in my “group” here at work. Imagine the rates if we were testing everyone frequently like the NFL is. That’s not to say that I don’t think Covid is real or that the vaccine doesn’t work. Just saying the infection rate doesn’t seem very different in my bubble. Severity of the infection might be/is an entirely different story. But actual infection rate seems pretty much the same. *shrug*

  32. bradygirl12 says:

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    More than 750,000 people in the US have died from the COVID pandemic, so far.

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    First there’s a difference between dying from COVID and dying with COVID.

    And the majority of those deaths happened under Brandon.

  33. You know what what would make for a great world–if NFL fans spent as much time learning and talking about science as they do about football.

  34. Poor government got suckered into a fake vaccination. Medical industry laughing all the way to the bank.

  35. I can tell by the comments the voices of how people actually feel are finally being approved…

  36. Positive tests everywhere throughout the NFL this week. How many NFL personnel who have tested positive this season (whether vaxxed or not) have become symptomatic? Last year there were several but this year I haven’t seen any reports of that.

  37. Or maybe, just maybe, the vax doesn’t work….

    Pfizer just made so much money on this they could buy half the franchises in the NFL. And 75% of Americans bought into it hook, line, and sinker.

  38. The hospitals are FULL of unvaccinated individuals who are DYING! Deny it all you want, vaccines are effective against hospitalization and death!

  39. The majority of the jabs for these players were given in the spring and summer. Now they are wearing off. There is no mandate to get the booster.

  40. Showing vaccination cards is as racist as showing ID to vote, which means it is not racist at all. But to those who said there was no possibility that there was any cheating going on in the last election even though many battle ground states did away with voter ID, look at what’s happening in the NFL with all these players using fake vaccination cards. People will cheat whenever you give them the opportunity to cheat. You can’t be shocked at any allegation that there was voter fraud going on, and then turn around and accuse a bunch of NFL players of cheating the vaccination system. Human nature is human nature.

  41. Sad to say but this will continue until the vaccine or a booster actually kills one of the players. That’s when the player’s union will step in, there will be a stoppage and this will hopefully get sorted out.

  42. If I was checking Vax cards, I’d start with “Mr. Slippery” himself NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. He’s always been a bit too shifty for me!

  43. “The hospitals are FULL of unvaccinated individuals who are DYING! Deny it all you want, vaccines are effective against hospitalization and death!” Looks like YOU’RE trying to convince YOURSELF of something…

  44. pointtwopsiistheissue says:
    December 14, 2021 at 6:13 pm
    The hospitals are FULL of unvaccinated individuals who are DYING! Deny it all you want, vaccines are effective against hospitalization and death!

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    Sure, but we’re talking about SPREADING the virus, which the vaccine clearly does not control.

  45. stilljustafailedlawyerwithablog says:
    December 14, 2021 at 6:52 pm
    “The hospitals are FULL of unvaccinated individuals who are DYING! Deny it all you want, vaccines are effective against hospitalization and death!” Looks like YOU’RE trying to convince YOURSELF of something

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    Most hospitals operate at a 95-98% occupancy rate. They could not stay financially viable if they didn’t, so any uptick in a new illness is going to put the hospital at max capacity. So, to say the hospital are full of unvaccinated is completely misleading. So 95-98% of the hospitals are full of cancer patients, heart patients, kidney patients, patients recovering from surgery, and on and on. About 2-5% of the hospitals are Covid patients. Do you think every other disease has been eradicated since Covid hit.

  46. jg2040 says:
    December 14, 2021 at 7:13 pm
    stilljustafailedlawyerwithablog says:
    December 14, 2021 at 6:52 pm
    “The hospitals are FULL of unvaccinated individuals who are DYING! Deny it all you want, vaccines are effective against hospitalization and death!” Looks like YOU’RE trying to convince YOURSELF of something

    ————-

    Most hospitals operate at a 95-98% occupancy rate. They could not stay financially viable if they didn’t, so any uptick in a new illness is going to put the hospital at max capacity. So, to say the hospital are full of unvaccinated is completely misleading. So 95-98% of the hospitals are full of cancer patients, heart patients, kidney patients, patients recovering from surgery, and on and on. About 2-5% of the hospitals are Covid patients. Do you think every other disease has been eradicated since Covid hit.

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    And to pile in on this, keep in mind that when hospital numbers are released they are NOT giving you the number of beds that exist for patients in a hospital. They are giving you the number of beds that eligible for patients, taking out any number of beds that can not be supported by hospital staff. So when you hear hospital staff are quitting or being fired for not vaxing, that will reduce the number of beds the hospital is able to support, thus raising the % of covid patients taking up beds.

  47. “With fresh COVID outbreak, NFL should look for fake vaccination cards now.”

    Why would the NFL look for something that it doesn’t want to find?

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