There is an increased severity of the COVID-19 pandemic, with over 9.6 million cases and more than 488k deaths globally. In the USA, this deadly virus has affected nearly 2.5 million people, with 124k deaths.
Due to the recent protests after Georgy Floyd, an unarmed black man who died on the cruel encounter with Minneapolis police officers, this deadly virus still affects many parts of the country.
During a remote interview, Saint’s Malcolm Jenkins said he was much more concerned about NFL return during coronavirus pandemic.
The NFL is very optimistic that the regular 2020 season will resume even with the pandemic, but with rising cases of more than 30k per day, nothing is guaranteed. Jenkins doesn’t fancy the idea at all of resuming the season while there is no vaccine.
Early this year, March, we saw the sports world shut down, games postponed, and other scrapped off indefinitely following the coronavirus outbreak. NFL season only suffered canceled minicamps and virtual offseason as it was scheduled for September 2020.
Roger Goodell, the NFL commissioner, is very confident that the NFL will resume with a possible July 28 start to training camps. Most NFL players, including Jenkins, wonder whether it’s safe to consider playing football in 2020 amid COVID-19 pandemic.
There are rumors that the league plans to adopt a bubble-like format that we see in NBA to house all players, staff, and media personalities covering the NFL sport to curb the spread of coronavirus. But such a move looks very unrealistic, especially when it comes to football.
That’s why Jenkins stands on by saying that COVID-19 threat must be addressed and curbed before it’s ok for him and other players to enter an NFL locker room.
In an interview, Jenkins said that the NBA is a lot different from the NFL because they can quarantine all of their players and everyone who is supposed to participate. But when it comes to NFL, they have over 2,000 players, and even more numbers when you count the coaches and other staff.
So, for them to act in a bubble format means that NFL players and other personnel must adopt a trust system – the honor system- where they all have to hope that everyone is maintaining social distancing and following all government directive measures. This scenario puts everyone, including their families, at the risk of contracting the deadly virus.
Malcolm Jenkins said that he has parents; that’s why he doesn’t want to get sick. He added that he thinks that until we get to the point where we have protocols in place, and until we get to a position as a country where we feel safe doing it, we have to understand that football is a non-essential business.
The New Orleans Saint’s safety guy believes that NFL season resuming is a risk that needs not to be taken lightly. It can cause significant damage to players, coaches, staff, and their families, respectively.
Jenkins concluded by saying we don’t need to do it (NFL return). So the risk has to be eliminated, and then he and others from the NFL would feel comfortable going back.
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