Buffalo Bills wide receiver Isaiah McKenzie appears to have gotten the COVID-19 vaccine two days after he tweeted he was fined $14,650 by the NFL for not wearing a mask in the team facility.
“For the greater good,” he wrote as a caption on a video of him holding up his vaccination card he posted on Instagram on Saturday morning. The card shows his first shot was administered Saturday.
Earlier this week, McKenzie tweeted about the fine writing, “They got me! @NFL you win.”
The letter states the league had previously given him a written warning and issued another letter in addition to the fine Thursday morning. NFL COVID-19 protocols state unvaccinated players are required to wear a mask.
“On August 25, 2021, at approximately 2:15 p.m., while walking through the indoor fieldhouse and into the training room, you failed to wear a mask. Then at approximately 4:35 p.m. on August 25, for several minutes, you again failed to wear a mask in the meeting area while gathered near other players after the offensive meeting,” said the league-issued memo that OutKick previously reported.
The letter said McKenzie refused to wear a mask despite being informed that “it was required for unvaccinated players as set forth in the 2021 clubs discipline schedule and as referred to by signage throughout the club facility.”
The Athletic reports the violation happened a day after the Bills sent five players home from practice and placed four players on the reserve/COVID-19 list due to high-risk close contacts.
Wide receiver Cole Beasley was one of those sent home and tweeted, “Don’t worry they got me too. But I was wearing a mask when I was in close contact with fully vaxxed trainer who tested positive and still got sent home.”
OutKick’s Gary Sheffield tweeted that Beasley’s situation — and the four other guys sent home — sounds like punishment for being unvaccinated.