As more businesses implore their employees to get the COVID-19 vaccine, there’s been more public pushback. NFL players like Josh Allen and Cole Beasley have already made their anti-vaccine stances public. Beasley went as far as to go on a Twitter rant claiming, “If you get vaccinated you are good? So if I don’t I shouldn’t pass it on to you regardless, right?” Reading that probably made your head hurt as much as it did mine, but wait, it actually gets worse. Today, the Washington Football Team’s Montez Sweat made a head-scratching quote regarding the COVID-19 vaccine.

Normally, reading the full exchange would help bring some clarity to an otherwise puzzling quote. But in this case, it only made it worse.

I’m a firm believer that athletes should have the freedom to voice whatever opinions they want. But that doesn’t mean that they should be exempt from criticism when they say something that makes zero sense. Montez Sweat’s logic is so contradictory and juvenile it’s genuinely concerning.

See what I mean? Same logic, but regarding a different topic.

Either way, it’s time for athletes to stop claiming that not getting vaccinated is a personal decision.

It’s Not Personal, It’s Irresponsible

When your “personal decision” could potentially impact those around you, it’s no longer personal. It is, by definition, selfish. COVID-19 has taken part in claiming the lives of nearly 3.8 million people. Many of those who “recovered” will never be the same due to the damage that COVID-19 inflicted upon them. Those in this boat are being labeled as “long-haulers.”

Long-Haulers are dealing with any of the following side-effects.

  • Breathing Issues
  • Heart Problems
  • Kidney Damage
  • Neurological Problems
  • Lost/Distorted Smell and Taste
  • Mental Health Issues
  • Autonomic Nervous System Symptoms

Why anyone, let alone a professional athlete, would be more afraid to get the vaccine than actually getting COVID-19 is beyond me. A London woman died of COVID-19 after being spat on by a random man who claimed to have it. If just one player/staff member somehow gets infected with the virus, they’re putting the rest of the team at risk. It is not a “personal decision”, it’s selfish and irresponsible.

But Back to Sweat

Montez Sweat claimed, “I won’t get vaccinated until I get more facts,” but is upset that his team is bringing in “vaccine experts.”

Maybe he didn’t mean what came out of his mouth, but it doesn’t change the fact that he royally contradicted himself. If Montez Sweat genuinely wanted to learn more about the vaccine, he should relish the opportunity to learn from experts. After all, who knows more about a product than experts in said field?

At the end of the day, if an athlete doesn’t want to get vaccinated, it’s their choice to make. It’s a self-serving choice, but a choice they have the right to make nonetheless.

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Kendrick Lindsay

Growing up in a single-parent household came with its perks and downsides. Perk, I became very close to my mother. The downside, she wasn't a sports watcher. It wasn't until I was 15 years old that I was introduced to the world of sports/sports media. That's when I truly fell in love with it all. And it wasn't the X's and O's that won me over, it was the deep-rooted stories of the business, the athletes, and the ever so changing nature of sports that intrigued me. As a recent college graduate and Communications major, I hope to put my imprint on the sports media world.

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