Unvaccinated NFL player rips league’s COVID-19 rules: ‘I’d rather die actually living’

NFL player Cole Beasley said that he does not plan to receive a COVID-19 vaccine and threatened to defy league protocol for players amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

“Hi, I’m Cole Beasley and I’m not vaccinated,” the wide receiver for the Buffalo Bills shared in a statement on Twitter on Friday. “I will be outside doing what I do. I’ll be out in the public. If your  scared of me then steer clear, or get vaccinated. Point. Blank. Period.” 

“I may die of covid, but I’d rather die actually living. I have family members whose days are numbered. If they want to come see me and stay at my house then they are coming regardless of protocol,” he added.

The NFL and the NFL Players Association earlier this month agreed to new COVID-19 guidance, lifting most rules for those who have been vaccinated. 

Vaccinated players will be allowed to eat meals as a team, leave hotels when traveling to interact with fans and others, go to media activities, and use saunas and steam rooms.

But players who have not been vaccinated against COVID-19 will not be allowed to participate in any of those activities. They will also have to get tested for COVID-19 daily, abide by social distancing guidelines and wear masks.

The policies currently apply to summer training camps for players and preseason games, according to USA Today.

Public health officials have encouraged all Americans to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

Beasley in his Friday statement said that he doesn’t “play for the money anymore,” telling the NFL to “fine me if you want” for violating health protocols.

“My way of living and my values are more important to me than a dollar,” he said. “I love my teammates and enjoy playing ball because all the outside bs goes out the window in these moments. I just want to win the Super Bowl and enjoy these relationships that will be created along the way.”

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“I’ll play for free this year to live life how I’ve lived it from day one,” he added. “If I’m forced into retirement, so be it.”

The Hill has reached out to the Bills for comment.

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