Philadelphia Eagles’, Marquise Goodwin, is receiving hate from fans that are upset that he opted-out this year’s NFL season.
His fans are even calling him stupid for his decision, said an NBC Sports report.
Goodwin noted that America has lost 150,000 people due to COVID-19.
He said his response to the pandemic is to take it seriously — even if many others aren’t, said the report.
Taking It Seriously
Goodwin stressed that he is taking things seriously.
He wrote on his Twitter account:
“I’ve gotten so many messages . . . from ‘concerned’ fans telling me how stupid I am and that this COVID-19 isn’t that serious.
I bet my bank account that there are 150k dead people that would argue different.”
To date, there are over 153,000 people who died from the coronavirus in the United States alone.
Meanwhile, there are 4.5 million Americans who have contracted the virus.
Goodwin’s Emotional Message
Goodwin decided to explain his reasons for opting out on YouTube, which is an emotional message, to say the least.
He noted that he and his wife have lost three pregnancies.
Adding, he takes football seriously.
He said that he once left his wife at the hospital after she delivered their child so he could play.
His wife delivered a premature baby.
Fortunately, he and his wife now have a young child.
However, he is worried that he could catch COVID-19 on the field and spread it to his family.
The Other Who Opted-out
Previously, Kansas City Chiefs offensive lineman, Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, decided to opt-out of playing in the upcoming season.
He made his decision because of his first-hand experience as a medical practitioner during the coronavirus pandemic.
Duvernay-Tardif is the first practicing medical doctor to play in the NFL.
The defending NFL champion member said he’d rather catch the virus serving his patients than in the playing field.