Buffalo Bills wide receiver Cole Beasley generated numerous headlines and backlash last month when he took to Twitter to complain about the league’s health and safety protocols regarding COVID-19 and vaccinations among the players.
Bills head coach Sean McDermott recently spoke to News 8 athletic director Thad Brown and admitted to discussing the matter with his wide receiver.
“I certainly respect Cole’s opinion. I think that’s where we are as a world,” McDermott explained. “There are a lot of different people who have different opinions. The best thing we can do is respect each other’s positions.”
Ahead of Beasley’s online explosion, Bills general manager Brandon Beane suggested he could threaten to remove unvaccinated players, prompting the league and the NFL Players Association to remind Beane and everyone the other players not to lose places in the roster just because they will not get stung.
McDermott added that he was confident his guys would “make good decisions” knowing that certain coronavirus-related guidelines can be lifted if at least 85% of a team’s players are fully vaccinated.
“I just hope that we will continue to move forward in this direction just for the greater good of society and the greater good of our team,” continued the coach. “But again, you have to respect everyone’s position to either get vaccinated or not to get vaccinated.”
Also on Wednesday, NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported that 68% of league players have now received at least one vaccine.