Despite the fact he’s reportedly racked up a hefty $100,000 in fines for supposedly refusing to comply with protocols set down for unvaccinated players, Cole Beasley, a wide receiver for the Buffalo Bills, is continuing to take a strong stance against the league’s vaccine rules and has been openly voicing his opposition.
Last week, Beasley, who is not vaccinated, got on Instagram to point out the inconsistency of the NFL coronavirus rules while also taking an opportunity to notify his fans that he’s being restricted from playing in an upcoming game because he tested positive for the illness.
“Just to be clear, COVID is not keeping me out of this game. The rules are,” the athlete said in his post. “Vaxxed players are playing with COVID every week now because they don’t test. One of my vaxxed teammates in the hospital missing games. I’m sure he didn’t get this same energy.”
“Thank you for those who support,” he continued. “For everyone else, if you don’t get what’s happening then there is nothing anybody can do for you.”
Beasley even commented on a Rochester-based Instagram account that used a meme to mock him. The meme said fellow Buffalo Bills players would have to “mentally prepare” to hear Beasley not “[shut the f*** up] about how it [COVID] ‘isn’t even that bad.’”
“What do I need to tell them for? Everyone in the locker room has already had it. Lol,” Beasley mocked back in the comments.
Responding to others, the wide receiver noted that vaccinated people can still transmit the virus.
“How is me being vaccinated gonna help anyone else? Congratulations sir. You saved yourself. You still can get it and pass it to other people. How are you any different than me?” he said to one Instagram user.
“Don’t think anyone understands how vaccines work. A vaxxed teammate got it twice before I got it once,” Beasley went on to say in another reply on his account. “Covid isn’t going anywhere. It’s something we are gonna have to learn to live with.”
“I’m not telling you what to do with your life so don’t tell me what to do,” he said. “Thanks.”
“Back in June, Beasley said he would not be vaccinated against COVID-19 and noted that many other less-established players in the NFL feel the same way he does, but do not feel they are in a position to make a public challenge. “I feel for you, and I hope I’m doing my part to represent you guys,” the wide receiver said.
“Hi, I’m Cole Beasley and I’m not vaccinated!” Beasley kicked off the post. “I will be outside doing what I do. I’ll be in the public. If [you’re] scared of me then steer clear, or get vaccinated. Point. Blank. Period.”
“I may die of covid, but I’d rather die actually living,” he stated, adding, “I’d rather take my chances with Covid and build up my immunity that way. Eat better. Drink water. Exercise and do what I think is necessary to be a healthy individual. That is MY CHOICE based on MY experiences and what I think is best.”
“I’ll play for free this year to live life how I’ve lived it from day one,” Beasley went on to say. “If I’m forced into retirement, so be it.”
“My way of living and my values and [sic] more important to me than a dollar,” Beasley remarked.
“A lot of other NFL players hold my position as well, but aren’t in the right place in their careers to be so outspoken,” the 32-year-old said concluding the post. “I feel for you, and I hope I’m doing my part to represent you guys.”
Folks, this is what bravery and boldness looks like. Here’s a guy who is making a lot of money with a great career he has worked super hard to build, and yet, he’s willing to trade it all to hold on to his values and now allow anyone to make him do something he doesn’t believe is right.