Roger Goodell and the NFL has made its stance clear: it won’t be requiring players to get vaccinated ahead of the 2021 season.
Vaccinations have become a polarizing topic not only within the country, but the sports world itself. Several players have come out in opposition against getting a shot, but those in support of vaccinations far outweigh the former. New York Giants owner John Mara is one of many wishing the NFL would take a stronger stance.
Mara said on Monday he wishes the NFL would mandate vaccinations for players to play this upcoming season.
“I’d prefer that everybody be vaccinated,” Mara said, via Darryl Slater of the Star-Ledger. “I would’ve preferred that it would’ve been mandatory for players to get vaccinated. But the Players Association did not share that view, so we are where we are, which is not a bad spot to be in. Obviously, I’d like it to be 100 percent [of players vaccinated], because I think it’s the right thing to do.”
Giants owner John Mara wanted mandatory vaccinations for players. He doesn’t think vaccines will be mandatory for fans to attend Giants games, although he called that “a fluid situation.” https://t.co/JKEAee5bJY
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) August 17, 2021
The Players Association opposes vaccination mandates, so the NFL doesn’t have much control here.
Instead, the league has implemented strict protocols for unvaccinated players and given more freedom to those who’ve gotten the shot.
There is, of course, still the possibility the NFL changes its stance on vaccinations. The 2021 season doesn’t commence for another few weeks.
If the pandemic worsens within that timeframe, perhaps the league will consider making a change.
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