Ron Rivera And The Trickiness of The COVID Vaccine

Joel Sigrist
JoelsBlog
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2 min readJul 27, 2021

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Ron Rivera, the head coach of the Washington Football Team, is immuno-comprimised. Why, you ask?

He battled cancer throughout 2020, and literally got cancer treatments throughout the first half of 2020 while still coaching. He’s now pretty upset with his team not getting vaccinated.

Vaccines aren’t being required for players, but the NFL’s stance this offseason has been strongly in favor of the vaccine.

Coaches have been required, and players have been encouraged strongly, including the fact that if a team misses a game due to COVID positive players, they won’t get it rescheduled a la 2020, they’ll have it forfeit. Getting vaccinated has actually become a competitive advantage for teams, as it puts them at a lower risk for COVID, and therefore, forfeits.

But Cole Beasley has led the charge among players to push back against the vaccine, saying he doesn’t trust it, and he’d rather play the odds.

Is that immoral of Cole?

Not necessarily, but it’s certainly dicey the way people have responded. Cole has been publicly chastised for his views and fans all across social media have politely informed him of the social duty that the vaccine is. “politely”.

I believe strongly in the vaccine, but I also believe strongly in someone’s choice to get the vaccine.

And that’s a tough line to walk.

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Joel Sigrist
JoelsBlog

Consistent writer since a few weeks ago. Not all published stories are good ones, but that’s getting better. In some cool pubs, too.