The 2021 NFL offseason has been like no other in recent memory.
Teams navigated star quarterbacks’ demands for trades, the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic, and an expanded regular season schedule.
Now one NFL player’s retirement announcement has all hell breaking loose.
The NFL is trying to force players and coaches to take the coronavirus vaccine by setting rules from unvaccinated individuals that make it nearly impossible to perform their jobs or live normal lives on the road.
10-year veteran Cole Beasley of the Buffalo Bills has had enough and is willing to put his money where his mouth is.
In a list post on Twitter, Beasley explained that he would not be receiving the coronavirus vaccine.
“I will be outside doing what I do. I’ll be in the public. If [you’re] scared of me then steer clear, or get vaccinated. Point. Blank. Period,” Beasley stated.
Beasley added that taking the vaccine should be a personal choice and not a league mandate.
“I may die of Covid, but I’d rather die actually living,” Beasley continued. “I’d rather take my chances with Covid and build up my immunity that way. Eat better. Drink water. Exercise and do what I think is necessary to be a healthy individual. That is MY CHOICE based on MY experiences and what I think is best.”
Beasley went so far as to say that if the league forced him to take the vaccine he would rather retire than submit to mandatory vaccination.
“I’ll play for free this year to live life how I’ve lived it from day one,” Beasley added. “If I’m forced into retirement, so be it.”
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— Cole Beasley (@Bease11) June 18, 2021
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