UPDATE: Hopkins quickly deleted his tweet, which you can read below, and then tweeted “Freedom?” It might be a long week of COVID-19 speculation and debate as we head into training camp.
In a recent Twitter post from Arizona Cardinals wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins, he writes, “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”
This comes after the NFL laid out its plans that put any COVID-19 cancellations in 2021 on the teams. The NFL said this morning in a memo, “If a game is cancelled and cannot be rescheduled within the current 18-week schedule due to a Covid outbreak, neither team’s players will receive their weekly paragraph 5 salary.” This on top of the many possible fines and restrictions for those who don’t get the vaccination is likely forcing players to get the vaccine or end up hurting their team.
Buffalo Bills wide receiver Cole Beasley already adamantly came out against getting the vaccine, but had been the only player to say he doesn’t agree with the new protocols. Hopkins is one of, if not the best wide receiver in the game. If he were to not play due to the vaccine protocols, it would be a huge blow to the Cardinals and their chances to make it to the Super Bowl.