Not long after the NFL came out with new rescheduling rules for COVID outbreaks, other marquee players around the league started to voice their displeasure. Now that group includes a player from the Super Bowl champion Bucs.
Bucs running back Leonard Fournette tweeted: “Vaccine I can’t do it…….”, shortly after the NFL’s announcement. He became the first Bucs player to publicly state that he’s opposed to the vaccination.
Fournette deleted his tweet shortly after, but many were able to screen shot it beforehand. You can see it below.
The NFL’s new guidelines regarding the penalty for a COVID outbreak essentially puts players in a situation where they have decide whether they want to get vaccinated or risk hurting the team if they don’t do so.
While many players have been outspoken about encouraging others to get vaccinated, this is the most we’ve heard from players on the other side of the fence.
The league informed all 32 teams that if a game can’t be rescheduled in the 18-week season, the team that had the outbreak from player(s) that were not vaccinated will have to forfeit the game.
This new rule could have a major impact on playoff seedings and team records. On top of that, though, the team that caused the outbreak will be subject to penalty from the league. Neither team will get paid for that week as well if the game isn’t played.
Accessibility in team facilities has begun to open up following the creation of COVID vaccines. The NFL’s goal was to have each team get up to 85 percent of their roster vaccinated by the time the season comes around. As it stands currently, per Judy Batista of the NFL Network, 14 teams have at least 85 precent of their players vaccinated and that 78 percent of players throughout the whole league have at least one vaccination shot.