NFL Hall of Famer and former college football superstar Deion Sanders wanted to get a harsh message this week on the growing number of football players at all levels who have chosen to opt-out of the 2020 season due to health concerns and worries with player safety.
“All Players OPTING out in all sports PLEASE BELIEVE the game will go on without u,” Sanders tweeted on Friday to 1.1 million followers. “This is a business & don’t u EVER forget that. There’s NO ONE that’s bigger than the game itself. Only the ref, umps & officials are that important that u can’t play without them. NOT YOU!”
Sanders’ message was met with blowback from several verified accounts consisting of media members, players and former players who disagreed with his statement.
After all the criticism, Sanders would take to his Twitter account once again and fire back at all the upset people.
“When did we as a people become so Sensitive,Soft,Skeptical & Sad? Let’s go baby we have so much work today to achieve the things we desire. Come on People,” Sanders wrote on Twitter.
Sanders added: “I’m much more concerned with EVERYDAY men & woman doing what they have to do to make ends meet. Most people have NO OPTION of choosing to go to work or stay in the comfort & safety of their environment. Have u forgotten your parents & family members can’t opt out?”
The 2020 regular season is scheduled to begin in early September.