Leonard Fournette, NFL players react to new COVID-19 vaccination rules
The NFL shocked everybody on Thursday after announcing the new rules for COVID-19 vaccinations that will go into effect starting for the 2021 season. The list of new rules are intricate, but the bottom line is that these rules are a benefit for players that have received the vaccinations.
Many players have expressed their concerns with the new rules handed down by the NFL. Los Angeles Rams star Jalen Ramsey went on a wild rant, and Arizona Cardinals wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins shocked everybody with a tweet hinting at a possible retirement from the NFL.
It didn’t stop there, and other NFL players reacted to the news, including Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Leonard Fournette, although it was deleted shortly after.
— Ari Meirov (@MySportsUpdate) July 22, 2021
The NFLPA Fucking sucks
— Matthew Judon (@man_dammn) July 22, 2021
The players aren’t too thrilled about the rules which, in a way, encourages them to get vaccinated. If not, NFL teams risk forfeiting games and losing money if games have to be canceled. Darius Butler also chimed in with a few tweets after the NFL announced the new rules.
The @NFL is dead ass wrong w/ that new memo they sent out to teams today. What’s new tho!? Basically forcing these needles into players arms at this point. Every player/personnel should have an ACTUAL “choice” in the matter. They are sending a CLEAR message today.
— Darius Butler (@DariusJButler) July 22, 2021
Other former NFL stars shared their thoughts on the situation as well.
NFL after hearing pushback from players re getting vaxxed…. pic.twitter.com/HbwhhMVLiw
— Damien Woody (@damienwoody) July 22, 2021
Why is everyone tripping over the NFL memo? It doesn’t force you to get vaccinated. It just says if you want to be the reason why things are worse, your team will pay. There is a difference 😂
— Torrey Smith (@TorreySmithWR) July 22, 2021
It is a mild surprise that players are in such an uproar, and it will be interesting to see if the number of vaccines increases after the new policies were announced.