Cole Beasley somehow found a way to monetize the conversation surrounding the vaccination.
The Buffalo Bills wide receiver, who has openly opposed the NFL’s policy on COVID-19 vaccinations, attempted to clarify his stance Wednesday, saying his gripe with the league is over the differing standards for vaccinated and unvaccinated players.
“I’m not anti- or pro-vax — I’m pro-choice,” Beasley said, reading from a prepared statement after the Bills’ first practice of training camp. “With that being said, the issue at hand is information being withheld from players in order for a player to be swayed in a direction he may not be comfortable with.
“When dealing with a player’s health and safety, there should be complete transparency regarding information that is vital in the decision-making process. Without having all the proper information, a player can feel misguided and unsure about a very personal choice. It makes a player feel unprotected and gives concerns about future topics regarding health and our ability to make educated decisions.”
Unvaccinated players will have to be tested daily under the policy governing preseason and training camp, while vaccinated players will only be required to test every two weeks.
“It’s common sense that if a vaxxed or unvaxxed player is tested less frequently, the likelihood of a player being pulled for COVID drops dramatically,” he said. “In regard to player safety, I’ll conclude by saying we all want to be safe.
“For so many players around the NFL, safety does not solely mean avoiding the COVID virus. Our health is the now and years beyond, which we are trying to protect with our personal choice while doing all the things we did in our protocol during a very successful 2020 NFL season.”
He would soon take to his Twitter account and drop a track that seemed aimed at the vaccine:
Beasley had a career-high 967 receiving yards on 82 catches last season, his second with the Bills.