DeMarcus Lawrence of the Dallas Cowboys, like other players, didn't hesitate to call out the NFL for how the league has handled the response to COVID-19 for the 2020 season. Due to the uncertainties that still remain, Lawrence is unsure if he'll report to training camp.
In a conversation with ESPN's Todd Archer, DeMarcus Lawrence appeared to be on the fence about joining the Cowboys in training camp:
“I'm taking it one time at a time, talking with my team and trying to figure out as many details as possible before I make a decision and have it set in stone,” Lawrence told ESPN. “Shoot, I love to ride with my brothers and play the game of football. When I have to take that away from myself, it's hard and I don't want to make a decision like that. But I also have to make sure I'm taking care of my family. Family is No. 1. After the game of football is done, that's the only thing I have to depend on so I've got to take care of them.”
It was announced over the weekend that all 32 teams will report to training camp by July 28. However, the NFL and NFLPA have still yet to hash out some of the specifics on how the league will mitigate the coronavirus.
The Pro Bowl edge rusher's wife is currently pregnant and is due to give birth in October. Therefore, DeMarcus Lawrence is weighing if the current risks are worth causing concerns for his wife and family. While Lawrence wants to join his teammates, he understands that family comes first.
“But my No. 1 concern is will I be able to see my family and be there for my daughter's birth?” DeMarcus Lawrence told ESPN. “If I can't be we're really going to have to take some major difficult considerations about this season because I'm not missing the birth of another child.”
If DeMarcus Lawrence decides not to arrive at training camp, he could face financial consequences from his decision. Nevertheless, Lawrence is putting his family as his No. 1 priority. On the other hand, the NFL has yet to make player safety their priority.