Ravens QB Lamar Jackson reveals why he hasn’t gotten COVID-19 vaccine
Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson has now spent two different stints on the COVID-19 list after also missing time last season due to a positive test. After 10 days sidelined, the Ravens star returned to training camp on Saturday and recently spoke on why he still hasn’t gotten vaccinated, per ESPN’s Jamison Hensley:
Lamar Jackson on why not get vaccinated: "I feel it’s a personal decision. I’m just going to keep my feelings to my family and myself. I’m focused on getting better right now. I can’t dwell on that right now .. how everybody else feels."
— Jamison Hensley (@jamisonhensley) August 9, 2021
This is an interesting decision from Jackson, especially considering the NFL’s new rules for the 2021 season. If a player tests positive and causes an outbreak within their organization, that said team will have to forfeit their next game.
The Ravens also dealt with a ton of COVID-19 problems last season and missing their QB1 at any point would be a huge loss. Jackson, among many other players, is clearly not pleased with these new rules but the only answer at this point would be to get vaccinated.
With cases in the US continuing to rise due to the Delta variant, it does seem imperative that everyone, athletes or not, get the vaccine. Obviously, it’s ultimately their choice, but in Jackson’s case, he could put the Ravens in jeopardy if he contracts the virus again during the season. Given his comments, Jackson clearly doesn’t plan on telling anyone how he really feels about this whole situation.