The NFL Is Trying To ‘Shame Unvaccinated Players Publicly,’ Says NFLPA President

The NFL is not mandating that its players receive the COVID vaccine, but they certainly are pushing it.

Last week, the consequences for an outbreak among unvaccinated players were released — a forfeit for the team experiencing an outbreak should a game be unable to be rescheduled — sending shock waves throughout the NFL community.

According to ESPN, “The league does mandate that teams must have some sort of system for identifying vaccinated and unvaccinated players since the rules for each group vary significantly in terms of physical distancing in the weight room and the use of showers and cold tubs, as well as entering the facility.”

“The NFL and the NFLPA are also at odds over the use of wristbands to identity unvaccinated players, per sources,” Schefter wrote on Tuesday. “The NFL is allowing clubs to to make players wear bright colored wristbands, which the NFLPA believes is unnecessary. Talks to continue.”

“So what it really comes down to is the NFL wanted to put a policy in place to try to shame unvaccinated players publicly about their status and make that known to everybody on the field, and that shouldn’t be the case because it’s unnecessary,” Tretter said. “We all know who’s vaccinated, who’s not and it doesn’t need to be a scarlet marking on peoples’ helmets or wrists.”- READ MORE