Former NFL quarterback Jay Cutler has signaled a potential bid for a local school board seat in Tennessee on the heels of its new policy mandating masks to curb the spread of the coronavirus amid the ongoing pandemic.
Cutler, who retired years ago after playing for the Miami Dolphins and the Chicago Bears, has indicated a possible run for a spot on the Williamson County Board of Education in a number of tweets recently after members of the body drew heat from parents for backing a mask mandate.
As seen in footage that picked up traction on social media at the time, a group of local parents surrounded health care workers outside a school board meeting. Some parents were captured chanting “we'll not comply,” and others yelled obscenities.
“We know who you are. You can leave freely, but we will find you,” a man said during a confrontation with one worker.
The same day, Cutler, who is a parent and lives in Tennessee, pushed back on reports about local parents and doctors calling for mask mandates, writing, “Not this parent.”
Not this parent. Really hope I’m not put in the corner by Twitter in my first 24 hrs. pic.twitter.com/YgDMJixM5z— Jay Cutler (@JayHasTweets) August 10, 2021
Later that week, he also asked his followers, “How do you run for school board ? I need this info.”
How do you run for school board ? I need this info.— Jay Cutler (@JayHasTweets) August 11, 2021
In subsequent tweets, the former quarterback went on to knock the board for voting to make masks mandatory for staff and students indoors. He also posted a picture of members of the board, writing, “Doing school board research. Looks like a 2024 campaign for me.”
“August of 2024. I need 100 signatures and a petition from the county. Going to start getting John Hancocks today,” he wrote in another tweet.
Doing school board research. Looks like a 2024 campaign for me. pic.twitter.com/dNg7tmaZcp— Jay Cutler (@JayHasTweets) August 12, 2021
August of 2024. I need 100 signatures and a petition from the county. Going to start getting John Hancocks today.— Jay Cutler (@JayHasTweets) August 12, 2021
He also retweeted a post from another person voicing support for his “future bid” with a picture of a sign for the potential run that included his name and the slogan “Trash The Mask.”
Might have to ditch the smokin part. Might be a conflict, I appreciate the support though. https://t.co/J4HZmkJIFG— Jay Cutler (@JayHasTweets) August 12, 2021
Cutler revealed recently that “lost a commercial with Uber Eats” amid the controversy.
“Was going to film in LA, ‘views aren't aligned.’ Guess they don't like future School board members. Frees up my weekend,” he wrote.
Lost a commercial with Uber eats partnering with the NFL. Was going to film in LA, "views aren't aligned." Guess they don't like future School board members. Frees up my weekend.— Jay Cutler (@JayHasTweets) August 13, 2021
The company commented on the news in a statement to NBC News this week.
“We are proud of all the work Uber has done over the last year to help get as many people vaccinated as possible. As such, we prefer to partner with those who support that work,” a spokesperson said.
Cutler and his now ex-wife Kristin Cavallari previously made headlines in 2014 after she revealed they “don’t vaccinate” their children.
At the time, Cavallari cited reading “too many books about autism and the studies,” despite studies showing no link between vaccinations and autism.