Michael Irvin does not care about your criticism of where he stands on players getting the vaccine, just don’t make this about politics.
Earlier this week, Irvin’s comments went viral after he found out that his Cowboys were not among the 13 teams that, at that point, had hit the 85-percent vaccination threshold, which allows franchises to lift some restrictions and protocols.
“It should upset them. Dude, you’re not thinking right. You’re not thinking right. Whatever you got, I don’t give a damn … Nothing else can be more important,” Irvin said. “You’re not going to get this (winning a Super Bowl) easily. Nothing else could be more important.”
“If you’re not one of them teams (at 85-percent), are you really thinking about winning a championship? You see what I’m saying. OK, so now if you’re not getting vaccinated and you got all these other teams that are getting vaccinated . . . Somebody in that damn locker room (should say) ‘Hey man, we’re going to have a chance, are you vaccinated?’”
He has since doubled down on his original comments.
“Here’s what gets me. I don’t mind you coming after me. I don’t mind you say what you say. Do two things though. Don’t put me into your political discussion. Oh, right wing, left wing. I don’t give a damn about that. I don’t care about the right wing, I don’t care about the left wing — I only care about a ring. Not the right wing, left wing — a ring. I don’t care about the conspiracy theorists, ‘oh they’re trying to kill us.’ If the government wanted you dead, our asses would all be dead right now. So just shut up with all of that.”
“My thing is, even if I had them, even if I had those fears, that there’s something here, I still am going to get vaccinated. Because the fear don’t override my desire to win a championship.”
More than 78 percent of NFL players have had at least one shot thus far, but there are a ton who have no desire to ever get it.