Panthers quarterback Sam Darnold has come under fire for his comments on the COVID-19 vaccine.
Video – courtesy of ESPN’s David Newton – showed Darnold discussing whether he would get the vaccine. The fourth-year quarterback said he has not yet received the vaccine and is still “evaluating” whether, if it is right for him, he will receive it.
“You know, I still have to think about all those things that come into play,” Darnold said. “Again, it’s everyone’s decision whether they want to get vaccinated or not. So that’s really all I have. I don’t want to go into detail, but yeah, I haven’t been vaccinated yet.”
Darnold added: “There are a lot of different things that come into play. I’m going to evaluate that on my own and make the best decision that I think is the best for me.”
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Darnold is right that it is everyone’s personal decision if they want to get vaccinated. It’s also everyone’s choice to remind the first-year Carolina communicator that he once missed significant game time due to an infectious disease.
Who can forget that time in 2019, when Darnold missed three games due to mononucleosis? After all, he provided the internet with this gem of a GIF of the Jets, whom he quarterbacked at the time:
To be fair, Darnold is not the only player today who has made headlines for his opinion on the COVID-19 vaccine. Washington defender Montez Sweat delivered a confusing and contradictory message after coach Ron Rivera, who is most at risk if he contracts the disease as a cancer survivor, brought in a vaccine expert to explain its benefits.
Regardless of his intention, Darnold received a quick reminder from Twitter about his own past with infectious diseases:
I was quite concerned about the ongoing pandemic situation until I learned that Sam Darnold was evaluating it. https://t.co/ghXIAfvcFT
– Jason Kirk, lifelong Tennessee Titans fan (@thejasonkirk) June 9, 2021
There is literally a meme based on Sam Darnold missing a month of games because he got sick.
– Ben Axelrod (@BenAxelrod) June 9, 2021
You. Elections. To affect. Others. Your. Not to do. Live. On. A vacuum cleaner. As the. One. Apparently. On. Sam. Darnold’s. Head.
Get vaccinated. Stop the emergence of new and more powerful variants. Maybe save someone else’s life. Like the beers at the Delta house, they cost nothing. https://t.co/1fppVpvgnr
– Luke DeCock (@LukeDeCock) June 9, 2021
I’ve seen Sam Darnold backtracking into traffic long enough to know that decision-making isn’t his strong suit. https://t.co/pXEMjjZJoE
– Adam Fromal (@ fromal09) June 9, 2021