The NFL has flexed their muscles and shown the world what will happen to coaches who refuse the Covid-19 vaccine.
The Viking’s front office has officially fired their offensive line coach/run game coordinator after refusing the Covid-19 vaccine.
According to the NFL’S policy all tier 1 staff which includes head coaches, assistant coaches, executives, scouts, and trainers must have a Covid-19 vaccine.
Players as of right now still have a choose whether or not to be vaccinated but the consequences of a player refusing the jab will result in that player being segregated from his teammates.
Players who refuse to get the Covid-19 vaccine won’t be able to eat meals, travel on the same plane, or workout with other team mates who are vaccinated.
Breaking: Rick Dennison is out as Vikings offensive line coach/run game coordinator after refusing the COVID-19 vaccine. MIN will promote assistant OL coach Phil Rauscher to replace Dennison, hired Auburn special teams analyst Ben Steele as an assistant. https://t.co/3oOgXHsaMr
— Courtney Cronin (@CourtneyRCronin) July 23, 2021
BREAKING REPORT: Viking's Offensive Line Coach Rick Dennison FIRED after REFUSING to get the COVID-19 Vaccine..
— Chuck Callesto (@ChuckCallesto) July 23, 2021
ESPN covered the big story and had these details to add:
After refusing to receive a vaccine for COVID-19, Rick Dennison is out as a Minnesota Vikings assistant coach, sources told ESPN on Friday.
Dennison had served as the Vikings’ offensive line coach/run game coordinator the past two seasons. In a statement Friday, the Vikings said they were still in discussions with Dennison about the league’s COVID-19 protocols.
Another coach in the league, New England Patriots co-offensive line coach Cole Popovich, also won’t be with his team in 2021 in a decision related to the COVID-19 vaccine and NFL guidelines, league sources confirmed to ESPN.
The vaccine is required for all Tier 1 staff, including coaches, front-office executives, equipment managers and scouts. Players are not required to receive the COVID-19 vaccine but will face strict protocols during training camp and throughout the season that vaccinated players will be able to forgo.
In a memo released by the league this summer, the NFL said any unvaccinated Tier 1 staff member must provide a valid religious or medical reason for not receiving the vaccine. Losing Tier 1 status prohibits coaches from being on the field and in meeting rooms and having direct interactions with players.
Dennison was a very valuable part of the Vikings offensive in 2020.
He also was a huge part of the reason why the Viking’s star running back Dalvin Cook became the first player to get over 1,500 yards rushing and 15 touchdowns in a season for the franchise.
But apparently skill set doesn’t matter anymore but rather your compliance to the authoritarians that run the NFL does matter.
Report: Rick Dennison out as Vikings assistant coach after refusing COVID-19 vaccine. https://t.co/b0EA1QubL4
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) July 23, 2021
Breitbart News got the scoop too:
A longtime NFL assistant is now out of a job after refusing to receive the coronavirus vaccine.
Rick Dennison, one of the most highly-reputed offensive minds in the game, reportedly parted ways with the Vikings on Friday after refusing to receive the coronavirus vaccine. According to league rules, all Tier 1 personnel, including coaches, are required to receive the vaccine or provide religious and/or medical reasons for why they cannot.
Dennison has spent 27 years coaching in the NFL, the last two with the Vikings. https://t.co/Ca4p8In5J8
— Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) July 24, 2021