After letting things settle down and marinate, Cole Beasley does not regret taking his stance he took on the COVID-19 vaccine recently.
The Buffalo Bills wide receiver has taken to his social media account on Twitter multiple times stating his feelings on the virus vaccination. He is personally against being forced to take it and has not.
Some of those who have a differing opinion on the subject did not approve of the way Beasley went about making his stance known. Despite that, Beasley said would not change what happened.
“I don’t want to be any more of a distraction to my team so that’s where I’m leaving it. Something needed to be said, so I said it. I don’t regret any of it,” Beasley told the Forth Worth Star-Telegram. “That’s how I feel.”
The 32-year-old has been the center of attention regarding the vaccine multiple times this offseason. Most recently last week, Beasley said he might consider retirement if he was forced to be vaccinated in order to play football. That comment stemmed from a reported agreement between the league and players’ union.
According to reports, the NFL and NFLPA decided to change COVID safety protocols at team facilities. Among those was a stark difference in safety measures for players that are vaccinated versus those who are not.
Some examples include no daily testing for vaccinated players and no masks in team facilities. Those who do not have the vaccine have to do both, among other differences.
Such changes to protocol have yet to be officially announced so it remains to be seen how Beasley might respond if any such things are not to his liking. However, at least for now, Beasley also said he will remain silent on the subject going forward.
“I said all I needed to say. I’m just living a normal life from here on out,” he said.
One could easily think the Bills might have had a discussion with him. Typically the Bills will look to have one person addressing high-profile topics on behalf of the organization and usually it’s head coach Sean McDermott.
In doing so, McDermott is often very vague, but surprisingly, he has not done so when discussing the vaccine. Instead, McDermott has taken the opposite view as Beasley, going on the record to say he has been vaccinated and hopes more do the same.
In terms of other players, some such as quarterback Josh Allen and safety Jordan Poyer, have expressed a desire to not discuss the vaccine while speaking to reporters.