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  • The rules essentially allow vaccinated players to live a normal life during training camp and the preseason while unvaccinated players must adhere to strict rules.
  • “I’m not going to take meds for a leg that isn’t broken. I’d rather take my chances with Covid and build my immunity that way. Eat better. Drink water. Exercise and do what I think is necessary to be a healthy individual,” Beasley said in a statement.
  • “I may die of covid, but I’d rather die actually living,” he added.

Buffalo Bills wide receiver Cole Beasley has no plans to get the COVID-19 vaccine as the NFL has laid out new training camp and preseason protocols for vaccinated and unvaccinated players. 

Beasley last week criticized the NFL and NFL Player's Association for a new policy that restricts unvaccinated players while allowing vaccinated players to return to somewhat normal procedures. 


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Fully vaccinated players will no longer be required to undergo daily testing, wear masks at club facilities or during travel or quarantine after being exposed to COVID-19. Unvaccinated players will be tested everyday, are required to wear masks and must quarantine after exposure. 

Unvaccinated players will also not be allowed to leave their team hotel during travel and must remain physically distant from others in club facilities. 

“I’m going to live my one life like I want to regardless,” Beasley said in a statement posted on Twitter Friday. 

“I will be outside doing what I do. I’ll be out in the public. If your scared of me then steer clear, or get vaccinated. Point. Blank. Period.” he said. 


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“I may die of covid, but I’d rather die actually living,” he added. 

“I’m not going to take meds for a leg that isn’t broken. I’d rather take my chances with Covid and build my immunity that way. Eat better. Drink water. Exercise and do what I think is necessary to be a healthy individual. That is MY CHOICE based on MY experiences and what I think is best.” 

“If I’m forced into retirement, so be it,” he said. 

Beasley is entering his third season with the Bills. 


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Published on Jun 21, 2021