NFL: mandatory vaccination? Hopkins threatens retirement – sports mix

The NFL wants to put a stop to corona-related game postponements like last season. In a letter to the 32 teams, the league announced that it would introduce stricter rules – which could have consequences, especially for those who refused to be vaccinated.

The relevant letter from the NFL to the franchises states that a game will be counted as lost if not enough professionals are available and the game cannot be postponed. If the game is canceled, no player receives his salary for that match day – this applies to both the team that caused the cancellation and the “innocent” opponent. The polluter team is responsible for any costs incurred. In addition, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell could impose further penalties.

The NFL wants to proceed differently with vaccinated players. “If a club cannot play due to a corona outbreak among vaccinated people, we will try to minimize the competitive and economic burden on both participating teams,” said the NFL’s letter to the clubs.

Hopkins doubts NFL future

The NFL apparently wants to force a higher vaccination rate within the teams in order to prevent corona infections and the associated postponements.

Currently, all 32 teams among their players have a vaccination rate of at least 50 percent, but only 14 clubs at least 85 percent. League-wide, the immunization rate among the players is 78 percent so far.

There is already a headwind against the new regulation among the players. DeAndre Hopkins, star receiver of Bernhard Seikovits’ team, the Arizona Cardinals, even threatens to end his career.

“I never thought I would say that … but being pushed into the position of maybe harming my team for not wanting the vaccination makes me question my future in the NFL,” tweeted Hopkins.

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The 29-year-old deleted the message after a short time.

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