The United States continues to see COVID-19 cases spike throughout various states, with some having it worse than others.
Quandre Diggs recently spoke with Sports Illustrated that his home state of Texas has been hit really hard, especially after governor Greg Abbott reopened businesses too soon and resisted mask requirements.
The Seattle Seahawks free safety stated that the nationwide spread of COVID-19 also can be contributed to Americans refusing to wear a mask and their beliefs that doing so is a restriction on their freedom.
“As a country, as a whole, I feel like we’re just a cocky country that feels like we’re invincible, but we have the most cases in the world,” Diggs said, via SI.com. “At some point, we need to take that cockiness down, and I think we need to get humbled a little bit and let people know that, ‘Hey, continue to wear your mask.’
I feel like the mask mandate should have been in effect the whole time. If you were going to open up stuff, at least make the mask mandated when people are going to have to go out so you can’t spread it.
But when you make it a choice, then you give people the choice not to wear it, then of course the choice is going to be like, “Oh, I forgot my mask at home, but I don’t need it.” It’s just one of those things. . . .
“It’s cockiness. It’s the absolute cockiness of America, of Americans, to think, ‘I don’t need a mask.’ I don’t understand it, there’s nobody taking away your freedom, you’re still able to go walk a street, you’re still able to go into the store — just put a freaking mask on, it’s not that serious.”
“If you were sick in the first place, wouldn’t you want to keep a mask on so you don’t get anybody else sick?” Diggs continued. “If you have the flu or you had a fever or you had something else, you would want to wear it or you wouldn’t be out in public, you know what I mean?”
Diggs also voiced his concerns with social injustice and racial inequality:
“My thing is, it’s about protecting others, and as a nation, we’re so self-[concerned]. We’re so cocky, and we’re so worried about ourselves and not worried about others and that’s kind of what got us in this predicament that we’re in now, with corona, with social justice, with the police brutality. We have one race worried about themselves instead of everybody just caring about each other. We do our own thing, and that’s kind of what got us into this predicament now.”
The NFL is still hoping to have a 2020 season, but if cases continue to rise, you may see a bunch of players making decision to not play as we’ve seen in Major League Baseball and the NBA.
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