Minnesota Vikings Assistant Out of Job After Refusing COVID-19 Vaccine

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Rick Dennison is out. The Minnesota Vikings assistant coach has been released from his job after he refused to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. ESPN says Dennison is believed to be the first NFL position coach to part ways with a team after forgoing a vaccine.

The NFL requires all Tier 1 staff — including coaches, front-office executives, equipment managers, and scouts — to receive the vaccine. While the vaccine is not required for players, unvaccinated players will face strict protocols during training camp and throughout the season.

Dennison’s departure comes days after the NFL announced that if it has to cancel a game this season because of an outbreak among unvaccinated players, that team will be forced to forfeit.

In May, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission updated its guidelines to state that U.S. employers could require workers who physically enter a workplace to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

The reaction from Dennison will set the pace moving forward, should other Tier 1 NFL staffers refuse the vaccine. 

Not a positive story.

*This is a breaking news story. Check back to OutKick for updates.

Written by Bobby Burack

Bobby Burack is a writer for OutKick where he reports and analyzes the latest topics in media, culture, sports, and politics..

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  1. He’s showing tremendous courage. How easy it would have been to go along with the herd. He stood up for his freedom and paid with his job; a job that is not easy to get.
    He deserves all our support.

    The NFL is scum.

    • I mean – he’s 63. He was an NFL player for 8 years and an NFL coach for 27 years, including some high profile jobs with THREE Superbowl titles along the way.

      I respect him for standing up for what he believes – yet he is no martyr. He didnt need that job likes most other do.

      The NE coach on the other hand – his career is severely damaged at just 36 years old.

  2. Meanwhile crickets from labor unions.
    Oh that’s right, they are too busy taking orders from their demoRat masters, siphoning money from their members dues to give to the rats, and more from their pensions to line their own pockets.

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