Buffalo Bills wide receiver Cole Beasley has announced that he will not be getting vaccinated against Covid-19 and won’t abide by new National Football League restrictions on unvaccinated players.
The NFL player said he would rather be forced into retirement than betray his beliefs.
“I’ll play for free this year to live life how I’ve lived it from day one,” Buffalo Bills wide receiver said on Twitter. “If I’m forced into retirement, so be it. I’ve enjoyed the times I’ve had. I’ll get to live freely with my wife, kids and extended family forever.”
Beasley addedthat his way of living and his values were more important to him than a dollar
RT reports: The message, which Beasley called a “public service announcement,” came after the National Football League sent out a memo earlier this week announcing that players who weren’t fully vaccinated would be required to be tested daily for Covid-19, wear masks, and refrain from leaving the team hotel or interacting with anyone outside the team when traveling. They would also be banned from eating with teammates, using social media, or engaging in sponsorship activities. First-time violators could be fined $50,000, with punishments escalating for repeat offenses.
Vaccinated players, on the other hand, would be tested once every two weeks, wouldn’t be required to wear masks and would be allowed to visit with friends and family members. They would also be able to take part in commercials and other sponsorship activities, use social media, and move about freely while on team trips.
Beasley ripped into the NFL Players Association on Thursday for agreeing to the new Covid-19 rules. He called the union a “joke,” saying it didn’t truly represent the players. On Friday, he made clear he wouldn’t comply with the league’s new two-tiered framework.
“I will be outside doing what I do,” the Texas native said. “I’ll be out in the public. If you’re scared of me, then steer clear, or get vaccinated… I may die of Covid, but I’d rather die actually living.” He added that he wouldn’t be deterred from getting together with family members, “regardless of protocol.”
“I don’t play for the money anymore. My family has been taken care of. Fine me if you want. My way of living and my values are more important to me than a dollar“