Point of no return

DeAndre Hopkins.

Sports fans, even casual ones, know who the best wideout is in the NFL.

When it comes to his opinion on personal bodily choice, a lot of people are in an uproar.

Last week, the Arizona Cardinal posted on his Twitter account the following: “Never thought I would say this. But being put in a position to hurt my team because I don’t want to partake in the vaccine is making me question my future in the @Nfl.”

After deleting the tweet less than an hour after posting it, Hopkins soon thereafter posted the single word “freedom” followed by a question mark.

Interesting to me, at least, is this was in response to the NFL having posted its new edict, which in essence said if any games are canceled due to a COVID-19 outbreak among unvaccinated players on one of the competing teams, that club would have to forfeit the contest. Also, those players would lose their game checks. The NFL created these guidelines based on the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s stance that the COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective.

On the same day, Los Angeles Rams cornerback Jalen Ramsey chimed in on Twitter.

Ramsey — the top corner in the league who proudly states he is a “Child of God through my faith in Christ” — expressed his feelings of how the NFL was pressuring and influencing players to get the vaccine.

He also stated two people he currently knows both had the vaccine but are COVID-19 positive.

That is what the CDC labels as a breakthrough case.

I’m sure by this point most everyone has heard about a few of those.

Christian Yelich of the Milwaukee Brewers, pro golfer Jon Rahm and the New York Yankees come to mind off the top of my head.

If you’re not a big sports fan and happen to be reading, another example of breakthrough cases recently in the news dealt with members of the Texas House Democratic Caucus.

Nearly five dozen of their members recently flew to Washington D.C., and several of the vaccinated ended up testing positive for COVID-19.

ABCNEWS reported earlier this week breakthrough cases are expected and represent about 0.098% of those fully vaccinated, according to the CDC.

That means there is an estimated 99.9% chance of it not happening.

Those are also roughly the same odds a person like Hopkins has of surviving what is known as the COVID-19 disease, which is brought on by the virus SARS-CoV-2.

Jalen Richard, running back for the Las Vegas Raiders, stressed to unvaccinated players via Twitter they needed to “read the rules-know em like you know your plays” as well as “we playing in jail this year and you should act as such.”

If one hasn’t had a chance to see all the layers and hoops unvaccinated players are going to have to navigate and jump through this season, it’s worth looking at.

Also, both the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who were the first NFL teams to report to camp this week, are requiring unvaccinated players to wear yellow wristbands for segregation reasons.

That’s due to the NFL mandate of teams having to identify one group from the other.

The NFL is a private employer and can make these mandates if it chooses but, personally, it all seems a bit like a slippery slope to me.

Contact Jay Bennett at jbennett@newsandsentinel.com


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