Buffalo Bills wide receiver Cole Beasley has released a statement after receiving the strong backlash following his comments on the vaccine. Beasley has refused to be vaccinated and on Friday he said he wants to live his life and take his chances with COVID-19.
"I will be outside doing what I do," he wrote. "I'll be out in public. If your [sic] scared of me then steer clear, or get vaccinated ... I may die of covid, but I'd rather die actually living. "I'm not going to take meds for a leg that isn't broken.
I'd rather take my chances with Covid and build up my immunity that way ...I'll play for free this year to live life how I've lived it from day one. If I'm forced into retirement, so be it." The agreement between the NFL and NFLPA strongly favors vaccinated players.
"Now we have spoken and are working through it," he wrote. "From what I'm told these are guidelines for preseason and it's nothing final."
Beasley was unhappy with the NFLPA
"This is crazy.
Did we vote on this?" he tweeted. "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.
"The players association is a joke. 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."
Beasley's teammate Jon Feliciano also questioned the NFLPA. "Don't forget the Coaches to @NFL trying to force them to get vax or they can't coach in person," he tweeted in response to Beasley. "@NFLPA a lot of these coaches were former players who's helping them?" Beasley had more questions to ask.
"I get tested every day for covid and get a negative test but I still have to keep distance from people who are 'vaccinated' when apparently if they get it they can't pass it to anyone," Beasley responded.
"How does that make sense to you?" Beasley didn't want to publicly reveal why he does not want to take the vaccine. "You still think I'm trying to persuade people to not do it. I don't care if you're vaccinated or not," he responded to another user.
"This isn't about what is dangerous. Football is dangerous I still play it. I'm just saying I shouldn't be treated differently because of it just So I'll do what you want me to."