DeAndre Hopkins of the Arizona Cardinals upset with league’s latest COVID protocolsNFL could force teams to forfeit games without paying players if an outbreak occurs
The NFL released new COVID regulations on Thursday that say a team with a COVID outbreak will be forced to forfeit any game the league can’t reschedule.
In addition to punishing the team with the outbreak, that organization would also be responsible for covering the lost revenue for the canceled game.
Players on both teams would not receive a paycheck for any game the league called off due to a COVID outbreak.
In response to the announcement, Arizona Cardinals wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins tweeted and then deleted, “Never thought I would say this, But being put in a position to hurt my team because I don’t want to partake in the vaccine is making me question my future in the @Nfl”
“Freedom?” the NFL superstar asked in a follow-up tweet.
Explaining one factor driving his hesitancy, Hopkins responded to a post by fellow NFL player Jalen Ramsey by saying his girlfriend’s brother had an adverse reaction “right after” getting the jab.
“My girlfriend brother in the military got the vaccine and had heart problems right after. When you stand for something they hate you!” Hopkins wrote.
Los Angeles Rams cornerback Jalen Ramsey posted on Twitter, saying he knows two vaccinated people who have COVID right now and because of this an unvaccinated player isn’t putting his team at more risk than a vaccinated teammate.
“I wouldn’t look at a teammate as bad if he don’t get the vax, no pressure from 5 [me],” he wrote.