Cowboys QB Dak Prescott’s response when asked if he’s been vaccinated
Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott raised eyebrows and sparked some concerns after his rather vague response on being vaccinated.
The NFL has recently implemented stricter COVID-19 rules for the 2021 season, the most important of which involves unvaccinated players. According to the new protocol, if a game is canceled and cannot be rescheduled during the season due to a COVID outbreak among unvaccinated players, the said franchise who had the outbreak will have to forfeit and be tagged with a loss.
Here’s the explanation and memo of the new rule, per Tom Pelissero of NFL Network:
Here’s more from today’s memo, which also says the team responsible for a canceled game because of an outbreak among unvaccinated players/staff will be responsible for financial losses and subject to potential discipline from the commissioner. Wow. pic.twitter.com/Q86a2WcG1K
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) July 22, 2021
With that said, it’s no surprise that as the Cowboys’ training camp arrives, one of the first questions asked to Dak Prescott is if he’s vaccinated. Unsurprisingly, though, he refused to answer it.
“I don’t necessarily think that’s exactly important. I think that’s HIPAA,” the Cowboys QB said, per Michael Gehlken of Dallas Morning News.
True enough, Prescott has every right to his privacy and he’s not obligated to share such information to anyone. However, Cowboys fans are surely hoping and praying he’s vaccinated given the stricter measures the NFL has imposed.
For what it’s worth, two assistant coaches from the Minnesota Vikings and New England Patriots have already lost their jobs due to the new protocols, which speaks volumes on how serious teams are to avoid any COVID-19 outbreak in the 2021 campaign.
Prescott is fresh from signing a four-year, $160 million contract with the Cowboys, and no one certainly wants to waste any of those years.