Eagles cornerback Darius Slay was asked about the recent outbreak of positive tests around the league, and his answer has turned some heads. Slay claimed that the NFL “should have never played.” Players and fans reacted strongly to early outbreaks in baseball, but they shouldn’t react too strongly with football yet.
#Eagles CB Darius Slay on the NFL’s decision to have a season amid a pandemic: “We shouldn’t have played.”— Jeff McLane (@Jeff_McLane) October 7, 2020
Some players are waiting around hoping the league falls on its face for playing, but the young guys aren’t. Darius Slay currently sits on a contract that guarantees him over $26 million, so he has no urgency to play. Like the rest of normal Americans, the young players need their workplace operational so that they can make a living.
As news of more positive tests come forward, we’ll probably see more established athletes speaking out against the league’s attempt to play, but they aren’t the ones the league should consult. Data shows that the NFL’s return has been well planned and that the positive tests are simply trial and error. Though Major League Baseball fell down early, their positive tests improved protocols for a seamless strategy going forward.
Expect the NFL to make their adjustments. With the money that’s on the line, they’ll figure something out.