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Michael Irvin spoke with ESPN’s Todd Archer and went on about how he would fight to force teammates to stop being selfish and get vaccinated. Bills receiver Cole Beasley, per usual, showed up via Twitter to dunk on that garbage take.
Here’s Irvin’s full quote:
“Dude, you’re not thinking right. You’re not thinking right. Whatever you got, I don’t give a damn,” Irvin said. “Nothing else can be more important. You’re not going to get this [winning a Super Bowl] easily. Nothing else could be more important — Jimmy [Johnson] made that abundantly clear. Nothing else is more important And not being one of the 85 percent vaccinated teams says there’s other things to a great number of people on this team that are more important than winning championships, and that’s what makes me worried.”
This is where Irvin goes off the rails
“If you’re not one of them teams at the threshold, are you really thinking about winning a championship? You see what I’m saying? Let’s go through this because this could be a two-week healthy dude missing games, and in this league, this ain’t the NBA. In this league that could be it for you. The right person misses two weeks, that’s it. Your ass is out,” Irvin concluded.
Michael Irvin: If you’re unvaccinated that means you don’t want to win badly enough. https://t.co/0NH6MHquhP— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) July 19, 2021
And that’s when Cole Beasley brought the noise.
That’s not what that means. You can be vaccinated and not do all the right things football wise to be at your best. All it means is players are gonna be out there with covid and we won’t know cause they only get tested once a week so the NFL can make their money. https://t.co/VukRFeeOp3— Cole Beasley (@Bease11) July 19, 2021
Beasley makes a point that can’t be ignored. It’s already been proven that vaccinated subjects can still catch and spread COVID. For proof, look no further than the Yankees’ recent outbreak despite their own 85 percent vaccination rate. What Beasley said directly is that COVID restrictions are being relaxed after vaccination and no one will know the source of the virus. That’s objectively true, and even though that’s the case, they’ll still blame the minority of unvaccinated for all the trouble. President Biden is doing that now, and we fully expect the NFL to follow suit.
And it should also be said that getting vaccinated has nothing to do with an athlete’s “desperation to win a championship.” Opting out of the jab is more like an expression of free choice, which is what makes America great in the first place. Michael Irvin, as great a football player as he was, doesn’t seem to understand why so many have decided against the vaccine. Our personal health should always be at the forefront (yes, even over winning). He forgets that most of these athletes aren’t playing to win championships, but more so to provide and be around for their families.
It’s sad that NFL players and half the country are being conditioned to take offense at differences in free choice. Oh well, we’ll tell people like Michael Irvin to pound sand every time with a smile on our faces.
Props to Cole Beasley for taking this stand when he very easily could’ve sat this one out.