The Patriots’ head coach Bill Belichick had some not-so-subtle complaints about the NFL’s draconian COVID-19 protocols during a Wednesday morning press conference.
Reporters repeatedly pushed him to divulge if starting quarterback Cam Newton was cut from the team on Tuesday as a result of refusing to get the vaccine.
“No. Look, you guys keep talking about that,” he responded. “I would just point out that I don’t know what the number is — you guys can look it up, you have the access to a lot of information — but the number of players, coaches, and staff members that have been infected by COVID in this training camp who have been vaccinated is a pretty high number. So I wouldn’t lose sight of that.”
Later in the news conference, a journalist asked if Newton missing practice due to the league’s COVID protocols had an impact on the decision.
“No, we have other players on the team who are not vaccinated, as I would say probably every other team in the league,” Belichick continued. “And we’ve had minimal, but throughout the league there’ve been a number of, quite a high number I would say, of players who have had the virus who have been vaccinated.”
“So your implication that the vaccination solves every problem, I would say that has not been substantiated, based on what has transpired in training camp this year. That’s all,” he concluded.
Last week Green Bay Packers star quarterback Aaron Rodgers said he got the jab, but didn’t have any beef with players who have refused.
“Yeah, I’ve been immunized. There’s guys on the team that haven’t been vaccinated. I think it’s a personal decision. I’m not going to judge those guys,” he remarked.