Cole Beasley has been the NFL’s most outspoken critic of vaccination in the league, and on Wednesday attempted to explain his stance on vaccination.
Beasley blames someone, it is not clear who, exactly, for hiding information from players so that the player receives a vaccine.
Beasley’s statement in its entirety:
I am not anti or pro vax. I am pro choice. That said, the issue at hand is that information is being withheld from players so that a player moves in a direction that they are not comfortable with. When it comes to the health and safety of a player, there must be full transparency regarding the information that is vital in the decision-making process. Without having all the proper information, a player can feel wrong and unsure about a very personal choice, it leaves a player feeling unprotected and gives them concerns about future health issues and our ability to make informed decisions.
With regard to our overall safety, we must know that we are armed with the full knowledge and understanding that those in a position to assist us will always do so based on our individual situation. Some people may think that I am being selfish and that I make this a “me” thing. It’s about the young players who have no voice and come to me every day because they are told that if they don’t hesitate, they will cut them off. Teams tell officers that if they have unvaccinated boys, from now on they won’t be given a chance to be seen at practice. So once unvaccinated players cut themselves, they are losing a dream that they have worked their whole lives for a vaccine that has been shown not to prevent people from contracting COVID as we have seen. All the doctors I’ve been to with questions start each sentence with “From what we know now,” which tells me that we don’t know enough. The NFLPA is working to get vaccinated players to test more frequently than the NFL initially stated. Many players were vaccinated with the idea that these rules were already set in stone and they are not. It is common sense that whether or not a vaxxed or non-vaxxed player is tested less frequently, the likelihood of a player being removed for COVID drops dramatically.
Regarding the safety of the players, I will conclude by saying that we all want to be safe. For many NFL players, safety doesn’t just mean avoiding the COVID virus. Our health is the now and the years beyond which we are trying to protect with our personal choice by doing all the things we did in our protocols during the successful 2020 NFL season.
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Vaccines, in fact, do not prevent people from contracting COVID, as Beasley said: rather, they offer proven protection against serious illness, hospitalization, and death, and have also been shown to help reduce the rate of spread of the virus from a person. person to another. person.
Current data indicate that cases of breakthrough – symptomatic cases of COVID-19 among vaccinated individuals – currently stands at 0.098 percent in the nation. Infections across the country have been on the rise with the spread of the Delta variant.
The vaccines remain effective against the Delta variant and have shown no long-term adverse side effects.
Beasley has broken the NFL and its protocols around COVID-19, so his claims of being pro or anti-vax appear to be a departure from previous comments.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.