“I’ll be out there doing what I’m doing,” Beasley added. “I’ll be in public. If you’re scared of me, then stay away or get vaccinated. Point blank. Period. I can die of covid, but I’d rather die alive.”
The provocative tweet comes the same week the NFL sent teams a note outlining the different protocols for the vaccinated and the unvaccinated.
The league has relaxed protocols for fully vaccinated players and staff – including relaxing Covid-19 testing to once every two weeks and lifting the requirement for face coverage at club facilities or during travel. Additionally, vaccinated players and staff who come in close contact with someone who tests positive will not be required to self-quarantine.
For unvaccinated players and staff, protocols include daily testing, mask requirements, and post-exposure quarantine. Unvaccinated individuals should also remain physically away from others in club facilities and will not be allowed to eat with teammates or other staff. During the trip, they will not be allowed to leave the team hotel.
Beasley tweeted: “I’m not going to take medicine for a leg that isn’t broken. I’d rather try my luck with Covid and boost my immunity that way. Eat better. Drink water. Make it up. exercise and do what I think is necessary to be a healthy individual. It is MY CHOICE based on MY experiences and what I think is the 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 ground” but aren’t so forthright.
“I’m thinking of you and hope to do my part to represent you well,” wrote Beasley, who was named second All-Pro team last season for the first time in a nine-year career.
There was no immediate comment from the NFL.
The League’s mini-camps opened this week. Teams that meet or exceed the 85% vaccination threshold may relax mandatory health and safety protocols.
“Everyone is tired of being here and eating out and doing all of those things that we had to do last year,” Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians said Thursday.
“It’s always a personal choice, but I see no reason not to get the vaccine.”
Washington football team head coach Ron Rivera told reporters he brought in a Covid-19 vaccine expert to dispel misinformation about the vaccine to his players.
CNN’s Homero De la Fuente contributed to it.