Bryson Has No Regrets After COVID Wiped Out His Olympic Bid

Even though a positive COVID test wiped away Bryson DeChambeau’s opportunity to compete in the Olympics, he’s still saying he has no regrets. He’s a 27-year-old superstar with plenty of time to scratch “Olympic participant” off his bucket list, so why should he stress about a bad break now? Our media is trying to shame Bryson into taking the blame and wishing he rolled up his sleeve for the jab. He dunks all over that nonsense with a scientifically-based response.

“The thing is, the vaccine doesn’t necessarily prevent it from happening,” DeChambeau said this morning at TPC Southwind following his round at the World Golf Championships-FEDEX St. Jude Invitational. “I’m young enough. I’d rather give (the vaccine) to people who need it. I don’t need it. I’m healthy. I’m a young individual who will continue to be healthy and continue to work on my health.”

Have to love the subtle shot at our media

Despite testing positive for COVID-19, Bryson DeChambeau refers to himself as a “healthy young person” because that’s actually true. He has well over a 99 percent chance of surviving COVID, especially since he has no known pre-existing conditions.

And guess what? It’s not even like he’s “anti-vaxx,” though CNN and MSNBC may want to frame him that way. Here he is mentioning that his father received the vaccine since he has a pre-existing condition.

“I don’t think that taking the vaccine away from somebody who could need it is a good thing for me. Like my dad, he got it early on because of his status, being a diabetic,” DeChambeau said. “Now, over the course of time, if they really, really mainstream the vaccine and everything is vetted out, I won’t have an issue.”

Perfectly said. And frankly, we don’t have a problem with the COVID vaccine either. We’re just not going to inject our bodies with chemicals that haven’t been cleared for long-term use. If five or ten years go by and Pfizer/Moderna vaccines turn out to show sustainable safety, we’ll re-consider.

But until then, most of us (including Bryson DeChambeau) will tell you to pound sand and to mind your own business. You want to protect yourself? Then go stand in line for your vaccine, leave us alone, and then wait to see if that vaccine protects you. We sure hope it does, so everyone will shut up about it.

Written by Gary Sheffield, Jr

Gary Sheffield Jr is the son of should-be MLB Hall of Famer, Gary Sheffield. He covers basketball and baseball for, chats with the Purple and Gold faithful on LakersNation, and shitposts on Twitter. You can follow him at GarySheffieldJr

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  1. The Olympics are a weird event for male golfers. On one hand, winning a medal puts you in highly esteemed company because the Olympics are so rare. On the other hand, the event has a weaker field than many regular season PGA Tour stops so it’s not really a significant achievement to win it.

    I’d expect many golfers would have the same reaction to missing the Olympics. When your career is all said and done, the lack of an Olympic medal is not going to be a stain on your CV the same way failing to win a major would be.

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