The NFL Players Association has managed to prevent the league from requiring COVID vaccinations. The NFLPA has also ensured the ability of unvaccinated players to get paid if they miss games due to a COVID infection.
That is apparently not enough.
Bengals running back Joe Mixon has complained about the restrictions that apply to unvaccinated players during the 2021 season.
“NFLPA is not for the players, they behave as if they represent us, and they show us clearly different time and time again, ”Mixon tweeted on Wednesday. Mixon also said “this is who all players want to be led by” along with “I thought football was a team sport and that it is clearly being individualized by faith.”
It is a team sport and if it was up to the teams, all players would have to be vaccinated. Period. At the very least, non-vaccinated players who get infected and cannot play would not get paid if it was up to the teams.
Mixon seems to be making the personal decision not to get vaccinated, and that’s fine. But he cannot expect to enjoy the same pre-COVID freedoms that vaccinated players will realize.
The association managed to get significant relaxation in the 2020 rules for the players who are vaccinated. The players who have been vaccinated and will experience a normal 2021 season should be happy. Inevitably, these players will exceed the number of vaccine holders who can either complain about the increased restrictions or accept the fact that this is the obvious consequence of making the personal choice not to be vaccinated.
It is unclear what Mixon or any other unvaccinated player wants. No restrictions for anyone? Or the same restrictions for everyone? Either way, the NFL and NFLPA have made the right call on a topic where universal agreement is impossible.