No Pressure! NFL Tells Teams That if They Show up With Unvaccinated Players They’ll Have to Forfeit

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Businesses that are looking to avoid COVID-19 outbreaks are now left with a clear choice. They can either require vaccination as a condition of employment or they can offer a bonus to those who receive the vaccination. Other businesses may decide that the back end is more meaningful to them, as they can levy penalties on employees who refuse to go along with the times.

This allows people to do whatever they want but they are still asked to deal with the consequences of that decision. It’s called personal responsibility and some people have definitely lost sight of this in the vaccine mania. Now, the NFL has been forced to weigh on and they have come to a decision that is sure to cause some controversy.

Teams and their players are being asked to take personal responsibility for any non-vaccinated members. If a team is forced to forfeit a game due to an outbreak, they are going to have to forfeit. To make matters even worse, both teams who are involved in the canceled contest are going to be docked a game check.

“The NFL just informed clubs that if a game cannot be rescheduled during the 18-week season in 2021 due to a COVID outbreak among unvaccinated players, the team with the outbreak will FORFEIT and be credited with a loss for playoff seeding, per sources. Massive implications,” tweeted NFL reporter Tom Pelissero.

“Here’s more from today’s memo, which also says the team responsible for a canceled game because of an outbreak among unvaccinated players/staff will be responsible for financial losses and subject to potential discipline from the commissioner. Wow,” he continued.

That was not all that he shared. Vaccinated players are also going to be able to rejoin their teams more quickly after a positive test. “Other key competitive aspect of today’s memo: Vaccinated individuals who test positive and are asymptomatic can return to duty after two negative tests 24 hours apart. Unvaccinated individuals still subject to mandatory 10-day isolation period,” said Pelissero.

“And the biggest penalty of all for players: “If a game is cancelled and cannot be rescheduled within the current 18-week scheduled due to a Covid outbreak, neither team’s players will receive their weekly paragraph 5 salary.” You read that right: NOBODY GETS PAID,” he reiterated.

Unvaccinated players are now going to be facing a lot of pressure from their teammates. No one wants to lose a game without even stepping on the field and there is no one who is trying to lose a whole game check. Star players have already come out and complained about the new rules. DeAndre Hopkins, one of the best wide receivers in the game, has said that this is making him question his future in the league.

Are the Bills still going to be employing Cole Beasley? He’s one of their starting wide receivers and he’s made his feelings abundantly clear about the vaccine. He is not going to be taking it and he plans to continue living freely. This puts teams in a major bind, as there are players whose skill level and contract status make them almost impossible to cut.

To be honest, it’s not like Beasley has the most principled stance here. “I’ll get vaccinated and be an advocate for it if Pfizer puts a percentage of its earnings from the vaccine in my wife’s name,” he tweeted recently. Mark Cuban joked that he would buy her one share of Pfizer stock if he got vaccinated, which isn’t going to be changing anyone’s mind.

The NFL is not going to be able to persuade any unvaccinated players to get their jabs but they can make life much harder on them. That’s where we are headed in this country. Workplaces of all kinds are making these types of rules, in hopes of returning to normalcy. All we know is that there is going to be one heck of a class-action lawsuit being filed by the time it’s all said and done.