OJ Simpson is on the side of the National Football League.
On Thursday, Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk reported the NFL and NFLPA have agreed to guarantee pay for vaccinated players who miss games because of COVID-19.
“Per a letter agreement dated Tuesday, a copy of which PFT has obtained, the NFL and NFL Players Association have agreed that a team ‘may not challenge whether or not a player’s COVID-19 infection is football-related if . . . the player was fully vaccinated at the time he contracted the virus; and the player received an initial negative test for COVID-19 upon timely reporting to preseason training camp during the 2021 League Year, and he did not have a subsequent unexcused absence from preseason training camp,’” Florio wrote via Pro Football Talk.”
On the other hand, unvaccinated players could potentially lose pay for missing games.
“By implication, teams can challenge whether a COVID-19 infection is football related for players who haven’t been vaccinated,” Florio continued. “Which, in theory, sets the stage for players who refuse to get vaccinated to potentially lose game checks if they can’t play.”
In a video titled no pay, no play, Simpson agreed with unvaccinated players not receiving pay.
“Hey Twitter world is me. Yours truly. Well, interesting thing. I see where the NFL Players Association as well as the NFL have agreed that if you don’t get a COVID shot and you catch covid, you don’t get paid. I totally agree with it.”
“Some of these guys are getting a million dollars a game, but if you don’t want to listen to your government, to the world top world health organizations and you certainly have a right to not get the shots, don’t get the shot. But then you should not be compensated. If you can’t show up and offer your services to not only your teammates but to the city and to the team that you play for so good. I’m glad they did. Maybe that will encourage some guys to go get the shot.”