New England Patriots cornerback Jason McCourty questioned whether the NFL and NFLPA actually care about the players and their safety. Last week, Patriots quarterback Cam Newton tested positive for the coronavirus on Friday and the league rescheduled the game between the Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs from Sunday to Monday.
"I think outside of here, the people that don't have to walk in our building -- whether it is the league office, whether it is the NFLPA -- they don't care," McCourty said. "For them, it is not about our best interest, or our health and safety, it is about, 'What can we make protocol-wise that sounds good, looks good, and how can we go out there and play games?' I think what I kind of learned personally throughout this situation is it is going to be up to us as individuals in this building to just really take care of one another."
McCourty couldn't believe the NFL proceeded with the Chiefs game
The Patriots lost to the Chiefs 26-10 on Monday and two days later Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore tested positive for the coronavirus. This week's game between the Patriots and Denver Broncos was initially rescheduled from Sunday to Monday and then postponed for a later date.
"If you get a chance to talk to the NFL or the NFLPA, I'd greatly appreciate you bringing up that point and letting them know. That's something we talk about, and we are dealing with it. We're moving forward and it's obviously in the back of our mind," McCourty said.
"That's why we're just trying to do everything we can -- we're distanced. Even today while we were in, we're totally distanced, we all have masks on, we all have the Oakley shields on, and we have a mask on underneath our helmet.
We weren't in the building, really, at all today. So we're doing the necessary things to stay as safe as possible. "But without a doubt, that's a thought -- the same way you guys are sitting there thinking about it like, 'Hey, they're getting on a plane on Monday [to go to Kansas City], well, those days don't really add up with the incubation period.'
That was the same question we were asking our union before we head out there." Meanwhile, McCourty will be staying at a hotel during the season, distanced from his family over coronavirus concerns. That was kind of a plan me and my wife [Melissa] talked about before the season even happened, but we're living through a pandemic, so you can't just assume, like, 'Hey, we're never going to have a positive test.'
[So] I will just isolate myself away, make sure I stay away until everything is clear and the virus runs its course and we're all set before I went back into the house," McCourty said.