Waterford player Roy Butler died just three days after reportedly taking the Johnson & Johnson's Jannsen vaccine. Butler reportedly took the vaccine on Friday and died on Monday following a sudden illness. "Roy Butler aged 23 from Waterford my home town was a healthy and fit footballer for villa fc .
got the j&j on Friday and was pronounced dead on Monday. Not one mention of him from the media or HSE or government but still promoting the vaccine roy we will get justice for you RIP," said one Twitter user. Another Twitter user tweeted: "Why are the media not accurately reporting the death of 23 year old Roy Butler who died of a bleed on the brain 3 days after having the vaccine? The censorship at the moment is truly appalling.
To all my journalist friends you need to speak up and report the truth."
Roddy Collins paid a tribute to Butler
“I was absolutely devastated when informed of this tragedy,” said Collins, who intends visiting Roy’s heartbroken parents, Martin and Angela, and his brother Aaron, over the coming days.
“I managed thousands of kids and Roy was a special kid. He came into my team as a teen but I soon saw that he became a man, well able to play at centre-back or right-back. He reminded me so much of Ryan McBride, another young League of Ireland man taken too early.
“Roy was a talented player with a bright future but, more importantly, Roy was a brilliant character”. Veteran manager Collins, who previously took charge of Bohemians and Shamrock Rovers, recounts Roy’s role in an U19 match to exemplify his leadership qualities.
“Money was tight at Waterford, so we couldn’t afford an U19 manager,” he explains. “Our first-team had played on Friday night but for the U19 match at Bray the next day, I offered to take the team.
“Roy organised getting all the players onto the bus in Waterford but, when he got to the ground, it was his speech that made the hairs stand up my neck. “For a player, he spoke not just as a captain but as a manager in the dressing-room.
With such inspirational characteristics, it was clear that he’d go far in life and I’m so sad that it’s been cut short in these circumstances”. Waterford FC tweeted: "Roy's passion saw him give back to his club Villa FC as a player, coach and trusted clubman; a valued member of the local club.
"All at Waterford FC wish to pass it's condolences to Roy's family, friends, and club and teammates. May he rest in peace."