“I’ll be out there doing what I do,” added Beasley. “I’ll be in public. If you’re scared of me, stay away or get vaccinated. Point. Blank. Point. I might die of Covid, but I’d rather die alive. “
The defiant tweet comes the same week the NFL sent teams a memo highlighting different protocols for the vaccinated and unvaccinated.
The league has relaxed the protocols for players and staff who are fully vaccinated – including easing Covid-19 testing at once every two weeks and removing the requirement for face-covering in club facilities or while traveling. In addition, vaccinated players and employees who are in close contact with a person who tested positive do not need to be quarantined.
For unvaccinated players and staff, the protocols include daily testing, masking, and post-exposure quarantine. Unvaccinated persons must also keep a physical distance from others in club facilities and are not allowed to eat with teammates or other staff. You are not allowed to leave the team hotel during the trip.
Beasley tweeted, “I’m not going to take medication for a leg that isn’t broken. I prefer to take my risk with Covid and that way build my immunity. Eat better. Drinking water is necessary to be a healthy person. This is MY CHOICE based on MY experience and what I think is best. “
“If I am forced to retire,” he added, “so be it.”
The 32-year-old wide receiver, who finished the 2020 NFL season with 967 yards and four touchdowns, said other NFL players “hold my position” but aren’t as outspoken.
“I sympathize with you and I hope I can do my part to represent you well,” wrote Beasley, who was named second Team All-Pro for the first time in his nine-year career last season.
There was no immediate comment from the NFL.
League mini camps opened this week. Teams meeting or exceeding the 85% vaccination threshold can relax mandatory health and safety protocols.
“Everyone is fed up with meeting out here, eating out and doing all the things we had to do last year,” Bruce Arians, head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, told reporters Thursday.
“It’s still a personal choice, but I see no reason not to get vaccinated.”
Washington Football Team head coach Ron Rivera told reporters that he hired a Covid-19 vaccine expert to extract misinformation about the vaccine from his players.
CNN’s Homero De la Fuente helped.