Buffalo Bills wide receiver Cole Beasley has been among the few NFL players to publicly speak out against the league’s COVID-19 policy.
Beasley over the summer called the protocols “crazy,” and recently illustrated why. Just before the season began, Beasley, who is unvaccinated, was still forced to quarantine because he had been around a team staffer who was vaxxed and yet tested positive.
Now, Beasley is trying to help an unvaccinated Bills fan see the team play without having the hassle of abiding by the Bills’ vaccine-passport policy.
According to the Buffalo News, the Bills recently became the fourth NFL franchise to require vaccine passports to attend games, joining Seattle, New Orleans, and Las Vegas.
The policy begins on Sept. 26, with proof of at least one jab. By Oct. 31, fans must have received both shots.
Chris Hauquitz, a 39-year-old father of five from Albuquerque, expressed his disappointment with the Bills’ policy on Twitter.
“Sad day for me as a Buffalo fan,” Hauquitz tweeted. “I was bringing my 10-year-old daughter to her first game in December all the way from Albuquerque. Already bought tickets. I won’t get the shot so now I don’t know what to do. I probably need to sell the tickets and find an away game.”
Hauquitz told the News that he felt protected because he had already fought off the virus.
“I’ve had Covid, so in my opinion, I’ve already got the antibodies. I think they’re just as good as the vaccine,” he said.
In fact, he added, when he got sick, the family “huddled up” and took the “chicken pox approach,” meaning they all got sick with COVID together.
“The vaccine came out pretty rushed. I don’t really know all the information. In my opinion, there’s so little information out there and it all seems to be one-sided. And then, personally, my religious beliefs. I think God created me for a purpose. He has a plan for my life. And whether I have the vaccine or not, I’m taken care of,” he said.
Hauquitz tagged Beasley with his original tweet, and got a surprising reply.
“If you find an away game you are able to go to then I will buy the tickets for you guys. DM me names and every thing snd (sic) I’ll figure out the best way to make it happen. Wish she could witness the mafia!” Beasley responded.
The “Mafia” refers to a term to describe hardcore Bills fans, who launched a group with that name in 2010. The group now has a Twitter following with more than 117,000 followers, according to the team.
Hauquitz said Beasley is trying to get his family tickets to the Oct. 10 game against Kansas City.
“I always thought that Cole Beasley was a good guy, but man, this just puts him at the top of all NFL players for me,” Hauquitz told the News.
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