When the NFL announced that the players who don’t get the flu shot would be fined $100,000, they said it was to encourage vaccination rates. But that’s not true, according to former ESPN columnist Pablo Torre. In an op-ed for Vice Sports, Torre claims the real reason is the NFL’s desire for players to get bigger contracts.
NFL players are being asked to get vaccinated for a disease that has not been proven to infect them. The moment the players are asked to agree to this, they are labeled as weak and untrustworthy for not doing so.
The refusal of NFL players to be vaccinated is a hot topic right now. Most players seem to keep the fact that they have been vaccinated against COVID-19 a secret. However, some are more open about their reluctance to be vaccinated. ESPN columnist Pablo Torre recently denounced in his podcast the hypocrisy of NFL players not getting vaccinated, while in other cases going to great lengths to get back on the field.
Several NFL players have recently expressed doubts about the COVID-19vaccination.
(L-R) Montez Sweet, Sam Darnold | Photo Scott Taetsch/Getty Images; Photo Al Pereira/Getty Images. Some prominent NFL players have recently expressed reservations about vaccinations. Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen and wide receiver Cole Beasley have spoken out about vaccination, eliciting fierce responses. Allen said he was a big fan of statistics and logic, so he wanted to wait for more information before taking a chance, SI.com reported. He undermined her arguments, but quickly relented: I didn’t pay as much attention as I should have. Beasley shared his opinion about the vaccine on social media and received a lot of criticism. At one point, according to The Athletic, he tweeted: If you get the vaccine, will you be okay? So if I don’t do it, I don’t have to pass it on to you, right? … This is a serious matter. I don’t know how it works, I’m not a doctor. The Bills aren’t the only ones voicing their opinions. New Carolina Panthers QB Sam Darnold and Washington Panthers middle linebacker Montez Sweet have weighed in on the vaccine debate in recent days. I have not been vaccinated yet, Darnold told reporters, according to USA Today. I still have to think about all the things that come with it. Again: It is up to each individual to choose whether or not to be vaccinated. That’s about all I know about him. I don’t want to go into details. Sweat spoke out even more clearly, telling reporters after coach Ron Rivera invited an immunologist to speak with the team that he is not a fan of vaccinations, ESPN reported. Afterwards, he said: I haven’t contracted COVID yet, so I don’t see how I can process COVID until I actually contract it.
Pablo Torre asks NFL players: Do you think games are important?
On his ESPN Daily podcast, Torre responded to players who have made such claims about vaccinations, including Darnold and Sweet. A Harvard-trained sportscaster asked a question of unvaccinated athletes: You want to play real games? At the beginning of his speech, he said: I want to be clear. … It’s your body. It is your right to think differently, to think independently, to think skeptically. Torre then began to make his case, explaining that vaccinations help improve the operation of professional sports by eliminating the need for masks. Unvaccinated people are also at risk of contracting COVID-19 and infecting others or suffering the long-term effects, such as Jason Tatum of the NBA. He explained that golfer Jon Rahm was recently sent off the field after testing positive, and that the same could happen to unvaccinated NFL players. Torres summed it up by saying: If you’re willing to take painkillers to get dressed, if you’re willing to put your body on the line with every step you take, if you’re willing to rip a tendon out of your leg and pick it up to throw a ball, then it stands to reason that you’d also want to destroy the chances of your COVID test being positive. It was a loud and passionate call to NFL players to get vaccinated.
NFL teams may relax restrictions on vaccinations of players and staff
Assistant coaches from at least four NFL teams are refusing to get the COVID-19 vaccine and could lose their Tier 1 status – a ban on access to the field, meeting rooms and direct communication with players – if they don’t get their first injection by the end of next week, sources said. – Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) June 4, 2021 Vaccines not only help NFL players, coaches and staffs stay on the field, but also provide other benefits. Fully vaccinated people can move around the grounds without a mask. NFL.com reports: Fully vaccinated players no longer have to be tested daily, do not have to wear a mask in team facilities, do not have to be quarantined after contact with a positive COVID person, have no travel restrictions, may eat in the team cafeteria and use the sauna and steam room. They are also not restricted in terms of gym capacity and can travel with vaccinated family members and friends. This is a big advantage for teams with a large number of vaccinated players. The organization can function much more smoothly if there are more vaccinated people in the building. The coaching staff does a better job than the players. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell recently announced that 30 of 32 teams have vaccinated more than 90 percent of their coaches and staff. The two teams that did not reach this level have more than 85%. The union allows team personnel to make exceptions for medical or religious reasons. Like Sportscasting on Facebook. Follow us on Twitter @sportscasting19 EPILOGUE: Justin Fields’ contract () guarantees him $18.8 million. He became the first QB in the 2021 draft to sign acontract .