Buffalo Bills wide receiver Cole Beasley has been the most outspoken NFL player on social media about his stance on the Covid 19 vaccination.
On Thursday the NFL sent a memo to all 32 teams that said a Covid outbreak among unvaccinated players will cause a team to forfeit the game and receive a loss for playoff purposes. The game won’t count when it comes to draft or waivers purposes.
Several prominent players spoke out in the aftermath, including Bills defensive end Jerry Hughes. In a reply to a Darius Butler tweet that called the NFL “dead wrong” for its memo, sighting a lack of research on the vaccine, Hughes responded:
“Sooo the top scientists in the entire world got together to figure out how to combat Covid-19. And when they came up with a vaccine, you question them. They are trying to save lives and you have doubt?”
On Friday, Beasley responded directly to Hughes, quote tweeting him to question the logic he used about health conditions.
“Jerry so if a vaccinated player gives an unvaccinated player with underlying conditions covid it’s cool though? And the player with underlying conditions gets blamed for it. From minority to the majority now the minorities don’t matter?”
Hughes responded to Beasley’s tweet a few hours later:
“You would think someone with underlying health conditions Would get the vaccine to prevent future complications if they got Covid. Now I understand freedom of choice. But our job has put rules in place. Rules are rules.”
The NFL has not made vaccinations mandatory. The NFL and the NFL Players Association are strongly urging players and staff to get vaccinated.