Unvaccinated Buffalo Bills receiver Cole Beasley slams NFL’s ‘crazy’ new COVID-19 protocols lifting mask, distancing, and testing requirements BUT ONLY FOR inoculated players
- Bills wide receiver Cole Beasley has condemned both the NFL and the players’ union over new COVID-19 protocols that lift restrictions for vaccinated players
- Unvaccinated players, like Beasley, will continue to be tested daily and will be heavily restricted in locker rooms, team hotels, cafeterias, and even the sauna
- Beasley slammed both the league and players’ union, which he called a ‘joke’
Buffalo Bills wide receiver Cole Beasley has condemned both the NFL and the players’ union over new COVID-19 protocols that lift constraints on vaccinated players while continuing to restrict those who have not received the injections.
Through an agreement with the NFL Players Association (NFLPA), the league recently announced that daily tests, masks, and social distancing requirements would be dropped for vaccinated players.
Beasley, who is unvaccinated, is unhappy about the continued restrictions he faces. Specifically, the 32-year-old took issue with a rule barring unvaccinated players from leaving the team hotel or interacting with people outside the club on road trips.
Buffalo Bills wide receiver Cole Beasley has condemned both the NFL and the players’ union over new COVID-19 protocols that lift constraints on vaccinated players while continuing to restrict those who have not received the injections
The NFL and NFLPA detailed new protocols for vaccinated players in a recent memo
‘This is crazy,’ Beasley wrote on twitter. ‘Did we vote on this? I stay in the hotel. We still have meetings. We will all be together. Vaccinated players can go out the hotel and bring covid back in to where I am. So what does it matter if I stay in the hotel now? 100 percent immune with vaccination? No.’
Beasley did not simply take issue with the league, but rather, specifically called out the NFLPA.
‘The players association is a joke,’ he tweeted. ‘Call it something different. It’s not for the players. Everyone gives me the 98 percent of people who are vaccinated don’t get covid again. The odds of me getting in the NFL and playing for 10 years are lower than that and I’m here.’
Inoculated players will also be allowed to use steam rooms or saunas going forward, and they can also take advantage of sponsorship opportunities, which had been restricted under previous COVID-19 protocols.
‘So what are we really talking about?’ Beasley asked in another tweet. ‘I understand completely why the NFL is doing this. It gives them back the freedom to make the most money as possible again if everyone is vaccinated. But will anyone fight for the players or nah?’
Beasley previously responded on Twitter to a CNN story mask requirements being lifted across the country.
‘I do that without being vaccinated,’ he said. ‘Is this illegal now?’
The vaccination dilemma has been felt across the NFL, with players such as Carolina Panthers quarterback Sam Darnold saying he will not be getting the injection. Even Beasley’s own quarterback, Josh Allen, said as recently as April that he was not vaccinated.
However, Bills coach Sean McDermott thinks his team, and the country, are both improving on the issue.
‘We feel like we know that in our country and around the league where and how things are improving, and to me there’s a direct correlation to people getting vaccinated,’ McDermott told reporters this week. ‘I would like to continue to see our team move in that direction, continue to move an increased number of people that are getting vaccinated.
‘It’s good to have the guys here, but I think the reality of our situation is that now – but also for sure come the fall, training camp – protocols are going to continue to be enforced, in particular for those who are unvaccinated as it relates to the masking and the different things that are in place. Just trying to be real about it and make sure people understand what normal is gonna look like, in particular for those who are unvaccinated come the fall.’