Wide receiver Cole Beasley of the Buffalo Bills will miss a pivotal game after testing positive for the coronavirus. Beasley had previously been very vocal on his refusal to be vaccinated.
Beasley will miss the Bills' game against the New England Patriots on Sunday because of the NFL rules on coronavirus-positive players. If the Bills lose, the Patriots will cement their lead in the AFC East division.
Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reported on Tuesday that Beasley had been placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list and said that he would be out for ten days because he tested positive.
The wide receiver was lambasted by some and celebrated by others for publicly refusing to be vaccinated. In June, he hinted that he might retire from the league altogether over the vaccine mandate.
"I may die of COVID, but I'd rather die actually living," he said at the time.
"I don't play for the money anymore. Fine me if you want," Beasley added. "My way of living and my values are more important to me than a dollar."
He later deactivated his Twitter account over the controversy.
On Tuesday, he went to his Instagram account to slam the NFL policies on vaccines.
"Just to be clear Covid is not keeping me out of this game. The rules are. Vaxxed players are playing with Covid every week now because they don't test," he claimed.
"One of my vaxxed teammates is in the hospital missing games. I'm sure he didn't get this same energy," Beasley concluded. "Everyone else, if you don't get what's happening then there is nothing anybody can do for you."
Prior to the announcement about Beasley, the Patriots were favored to win the contest by 2.5 points over the Bills.
Here's a local news report about Beasley's positive test:
Cole Beasley Added To Covid-19 List www.youtube.com