Buffalo Bills receiver Cole Beasley looked at the sharp reaction to statements he made against the coronavirus vaccine on Friday, revealing he was not vaccinated and pledging to “live my life. only life as I wish despite everything ”.
“I’ll be out doing what I’m doing,” he wrote in a statement posted on social media. “I will be in public. If you (sic) are afraid of me, avoid yourself or get vaccinated. Point. Virgin. Period. I can die of covid, but I’d rather die alive.
“I have family members whose days are numbered. If they want to come see me and stay with me, then they come regardless of the protocol. I no longer play for the money. My family was taken care of. Fine me if you want. My way of life and my values are more important to me than a dollar. I love my teammates and I love to play ball because all the outside bs go through the window at these times. I just want to win the Super Bowl and enjoy these relationships that will develop along the way.
“I’m not going to take medicine for a leg that isn’t broken. I’d rather take my chances with Covid and boost my immunity that way. Eat better. Drink water. Exercise and do what I think is necessary to be a healthy person. It is MY CHOICE based on MY experiences and what I think is the best. I will play for free this year to live life the way I have lived it since day one. If I am forced to retire, so be it.
The 32-year-old veteran also said he spoke to the NFL Players Association about his problems with the new NFL virus policies.
Beasley said he was not vaccinated against Covid-19 and made it clear he did not want to receive the vaccine.
“Now we’ve talked and we’re working on it,” Beasley wrote in a separate response tweet to a Bills reporter. “From what I’ve been told, these are guidelines for the preseason and it’s nothing final. “
On Thursday, Beasley released complaints about the league’s updated Covid-19 protocols for training camp and preseason, which allow fully vaccinated players to mostly go back to the way things were done before the pandemic, but keeps more stringent guidelines in place for unvaccinated people.
Beasley called the NFLPA a “joke” and asked if anyone was going to “fight for the players”.
The NFL does not require players to get vaccinated. However, its new protocols may encourage some to do so due to the lesser restrictions.
Unvaccinated players will still need to be tested daily for Covid-19 and will need to continue to wear masks at team facilities. They cannot interact with anyone outside of their team’s travel party while on the road. And they will still be required to self-quarantine if they are considered close contact of high-risk exposure to Covid.
For vaccinated players, these guidelines will be removed or relaxed.
Other NFL players, including Washington rusher Montez Sweat and Carolina quarterback Sam Darnold, have expressed skepticism or uncertainty about whether to receive the vaccine.
The three vaccines licensed in the United States have all been found safe by the CDC and have high levels of efficacy.
Beasley set career highs with 82 catches and 967 receiving yards in 2020, his second season at Buffalo after playing seven seasons with the Dallas Cowboys.