Tre’Davious White calls out ‘selfish’ fans ripping him for considering opt-out
Tre’Davious White is contemplating whether or not to opt out of the 2020 NFL season due to concerns over the coronavirus pandemic, and the Buffalo Bills cornerback isn’t impressed by how fans are criticizing him amid his deliberations.
White took to Twitter Thursday morning and called out how “selfish” people are being over what is a deeply personal decision that impacts his family and two small children. Further, White revealed how COVID-19 has already tragically impacted his family.
Crazy that me choosing my family’s wellbeing over a game comes with so called fans attacking and questioning me and saying I’m selfish. No you guys are selfish for thinking that football is bigger than life. Oh by the way my girl’s grandfather passed from COVID. U understand now?— Tre’Davious White (@TakeAwayTre_) August 6, 2020
The NFL opt-out deadline is 4 p.m. ET Thursday, so White and every other player who is considering not playing this season are running out of time. As of Wednesday, more than 60 players have opted out of a season that the NFL insists will be held as planned and on schedule.
”Honestly, I’m still undecided,” White said Wednesday of his imminent call on whether to play this season. ”I’ve got until tomorrow. … We’re just kind of taking it down to the last day and we’re going to decide from there.”
It’s very clear in listening to Tre’Davious White that he does everything with his family in mind. Has two young kids at home. “No matter what, my family is going to come first.”— Matthew Fairburn (@MatthewFairburn) August 5, 2020
It goes without saying that White opting out would be a devastating blow for the Bills’ defense. An All-Pro last season, White notched six interceptions, two forced fumbles, one sack, 48 solo tackles, four tackles for a loss and a quarterback hit in an outstanding 2019 campaign.
That being said, the agreement between the NFL and NFLPA grants White and any other player worried over COVID-19 health concerns the right to pass on playing in 2020. That remains an indisputable fact regardless of how some fans may feel about it.