According to recent reports the Minnesota Vikings have cut ties with their assistant coach Rick Dennison over his refusal to get vaccinated.
ESPN first reported that Dennison had left the team after refusing to get the Covid-19 vaccine. ESPN also reported that the vaccine is mandatory for all coaches, front office executives, and scouts.
From The Daily Caller:
According to ESPN, Dennison has left the team after refusing to get the coronavirus vaccine. The vaccine is mandatory for all coaches, front office executives and scouts, according to the same report. (RELATED: David Hookstead Is The True King In The North When It Comes To College Football)
It’s believed that Dennison is the first person in the NFL to lose his job for refusing to get the vaccine.
After refusing to receive a vaccine for COVID-19, Rick Dennison is out as a Vikings assistant coach, sources told @CourtneyRCronin.
Dennison is believed to be the first NFL position coach to part ways with his team after choosing not to receive a vaccine. https://t.co/IcdgzQQ3LQ
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) July 23, 2021
The Minnesota Vikings later released a statement that the team would “continue to hold discussions” with Dennison about the situation.
This is a wild situation, and I definitely didn’t expect this to happen. There’s been a ton of chatter about what might happen if someone doesn’t get vaccinated in the NFL, and we now know what will happen if a coach doesn’t.