Vikings' Kirk Cousins clarifies 'if I die, I die' coronavirus comment

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Vikings' Kirk Cousins clarifies 'if I die, I die' coronavirus comment

Talking about the coronavirus on Spotify's "10 Questions With Kyle Brandt," Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins said "if I die, I die." Cousins also said he is taking a "survival of the fittest" approach and he received a lot of criticism after the interview was published on Wednesday.

Hours later, Cousins spoke to Twin Cities reporters to clarify his comments about the interview that reportedly took place in July but was posted only this Wednesday. "What I was trying to say back then, admittedly, I probably wasn't as clear as I would have liked to have been," Cousins said, per ESPN.

"But what I wanted to say then, what I would echo again now is that while the virus does not give me a great amount of personal fear, there's still great reason for me to engage in wearing a mask and social distancing and washing my hands as frequently as I can and following protocols that have been set in place obviously to be respectful and considerate of other people, which is very important, but then also to be available for all 16 games this fall because as the protocol is set up, if a player were to test positive, they would be potentially out of a game or games.

"There's plenty of reasons to wear a mask, social distance and be very vigilant to help stop the spread of the virus. That was the heart of what I was trying to say in July. Admittedly I didn't say it as clear as I would have liked to so I just want to share that same message again and hopefully articulate it a little bit better.

But that has always been my heart and is again now, just trying to say that."

Cousins admits he was honest

"I think it was just the heart behind it was just saying that I have peace if that were to happen was all I was wanting to say," Cousins said.

"I have peace. I don't believe that I control the outcome of my life. There's many things out of my control. But obviously, my faith is at the foundation of my life. I trust the Lord to handle things. If something happens, I trust him to have a plan and purpose and to use even a pain, a setback, adversity, to use that to help grow me and teach me more about him."