Professional sports leagues are struggling to get through their seasons unscathed.
Several high-profile players have missed time due to COVID-19 restrictions.
But an NFL player infuriated Dr. Fauci with one statement.
Dr. Anthony Fauci and the COVID regime have been given unprecedented authority over American society.
Not even multibillion-dollar enterprises like professional sports are immune.
Last year, the San Francisco 49ers were forced to play home games in Arizona because petty tyrants in Northern California would not allow any team participation in the county.
But Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Amari Cooper made a point about the virus that drove the COVID regime crazy.
Cooper recently tested positive and was forced to miss a game, but he said he could have played with the coronavirus.
“Cowboys wide receiver Amari Cooper missed two games due to a positive coronavirus test. However, after his postgame comments Thursday night, it’s pretty clear he thinks he should have played. Following the Cowboys 27-17 victory over the Saints, Cooper analogized Michael Jordan’s famed ‘Flu Game’ in explaining why he thinks he could have played with the virus.”
Cooper told reporters:
“It was tough…[Michael] Jordan played with the flu. That’s how I looked at it. It was a restriction of not being able to play with what I had. It was tough knowing that I could [have] physically gone out there and played, but the restrictions didn’t allow me to do so.”
In game five of the 1997 NBA Finals, Michael Jordan had 38 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists, and 3 steals while playing 44 minutes even though he was battling food poisoning.
Cooper’s symptoms were either mild or nonexistent, but he was not allowed to play.
Even some of the most hardcore COVID restrictionists are beginning to question the NFL’s rules.
Mike Florio of NBC Sports wrote:
The virus transmits much more easily indoors. The NFL has believed from the outset of the pandemic that it’s extremely difficult if not impossible for a player to transfer enough virus to another player in an open-air setting, or in a dome with state-of-the-art ventilation driven by the possibility of an aerosolized terrorist attack.
At what point will the NFL allow players who test positive but who have no symptoms to play? At what point will the NFL allows players who test positive and who have symptoms to play?
Every year, players play with a cold. They play with the flu. They do it because the rules don’t prohibit it. When, then, will the NFL’s COVID protocols evolve to a similar point?
Florio is correct.
Studies showed that not a single player caught COVID during a sporting event in 2020, yet the absurd guidelines remain in place.
These nonsensical rules and regulations cannot stand forever.
Once COVID therapeutics hit the shelves, the NFL and other professional sports leagues will have to adapt their policies because the current situation is untenable.