Bucs running back Leonard Fournette made waves in the news recently after tweeting and deleting a post about his aversion towards getting a COVID-19 vaccine. On Sunday, he spoke with the media following the first day of training camp where he was asked further to elaborate on his stance.
Fournette still has his concerns about the vaccinations, but he appreciates that his coaches have his back regardless of his decision.
“I don’t know too much about it,” Fournette said. “Coach respects our decisions as players, so I was happy that they accepted it. And like I said, I’m focused on football season.”
When questioned about if he’ll get the vaccine to avoid jeopardizing his team from getting a loss and no game check, Fournette didn’t rule out eventually getting the shot.
“In about a week I’m going to talk to them and see the best decision for myself and for the team,” Fournette said. “I know a lot of people who got the shots and are still getting Corona. I’m just taking it day-by-day, I’m taking it up with the medical doctors trying to figure out what’s best for myself and the team. The biggest thing is that the coaches respect our decision. We’re men, he said he’s with us, whatever we want to do. Just don’t get the team sick.”
Last season, Fournette signed with the Bucs just two weeks before their first game of the year. Technically this is his first training camp with the team even though he’s in his second season with Tampa Bay.
“It feels great to be back with the team,” Fournette said. “We’re really going to push now. There’s lot’s more to go. It’s what I expected.”
One new change for Fournette is that he’ll be wearing number seven again like he did back in his infamous LSU days.