DeAndre Hopkins Considers Retirement After NFL Unveils COVID Vaccine Stance

DeAndre Hopkins is apparently mulling over the idea of retirement in response to the

NFL’s new COVID vaccine protocol.

“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,”

Hopkins wrote in a since-deleted tweet.

This came in response to the league updating its stance on COVID-19 vaccinations and

how they plan to approach possible game postponements and cancellations.

“If a game is cancelled/postponed because a club cannot play due to a Covid spike among

or resulting from its non-vaccinated players/staff, then the burden of the cancellation or

delay will fall on the club experiencing the Covid infection,” the memo read. “We will

seek to minimize the burden on the opposing club or clubs. If a club cannot play due to a

Covid spike in vaccinated individuals, we will attempt to minimize the competitive and

economic burden on both participating teams.”

“If a game cannot be rescheduled within the current 18-week schedule and is cancelled

due to a Covid outbreak among non-vaccinated players on one of the competing teams,

the club with the outbreak will forfeit the contest and will be deemed to have played 16

games for purposes of draft, waiver priority, etc,” the memo continued. “For the

purposes of playoff seeding, the forfeiting team will be credited with a loss and the other

team will be credited with a win.”

Hopkins wasn’t alone in his criticism of the new protocol. Fellow players Matthew Judon

and Leonard Fournette both tweeted in opposition to the new rules and expressed their

objections to being vaccinated.


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