Jonathan Greenard is sick and tired of all the misinformation surrounding the COVID-19 vaccine.
NFL teams that experience a COVID-19 outbreak among nonvaccinated players will possibly forfeit regular-season games, with players on both teams not getting paid. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell warned the 32 teams Thursday in a memo that no games would be rescheduled under such circumstances. Instead, forfeits could happen.
“As we learned last year, we can play a full season if we maintain a firm commitment to adhering to our health and safety protocols and to making needed adjustments in response to changing conditions,” Goodell said.
“If a game can’t be rescheduled and is canceled due to a COVID outbreak among non-vaccinated players on one of the competing teams, the team with the outbreak will forfeit and will be deemed to have played 16 games for purposes of draft, waiver priority, etc,” Goodell added.
For purposes of playoff seeding, the forfeiting team would be assessed a loss and the other team a win.
Houston Texans linebacker Jonathan Greenard took to Twitter to rail against misinformation that is out there on the vaccine.
“Coming from somebody who it has affected personally, get the vaccine. You’re not gonna die or grow extra limbs. Quit reading and spreading this BS. It’s not about you, it’s about ppl like my stepdad who I wish was still here who died from being exposed. Smh”
“This virus is not a game g. Ppl say whatever bc it hasn’t affected them but it’ll be too late by the time y’all wanna take action.”
The NFL has not made vaccinations mandatory. The league and the NFL Players Association, however, are strongly urging team employees and players to do so.
The league says more than half its teams currently have COVID-19 vaccination rates greater than 80% of their players.
The players’ union, in response to Goodell’s memo, reminded its players that “the same basic rules applied last year.”
“The only difference this year is the NFL’s decision to impose additional penalties on clubs which are responsible for the outbreak and the availability of proven vaccines,” the NFLPA memo said Thursday.
“The protocols we jointly agreed to helped get us through a full season last year without missing game checks and are effective, when followed.”