Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins does not believe masks work and says that he is at peace with the thought of contracting COVID-19.
“If I die, I die,” Cousins said on Spotify’s “10 Questions” podcast hosted by NFL Network’s Kyle Brandt.
During the interview with Brandt, Cousins went against the advice of medical experts, including the CDC, which have said masks could prevent the spread of the virus and lead to the country gaining control of the pandemic.
Brandt asked, “If 1 is the person who says, ‘Masks are stupid, you’re all a bunch of lemmings’ and 10 is, ‘I’m not leaving my master bathroom for the next 10 years,’ where do you land?”
After a chuckle, Cousins responded, “I’m not gonna call anybody stupid, for the trouble it would get me in. But I’m about a .000001.”
Brandt followed up, “Really, how come?”
Cousins replied, “I want to respect what other people’s concerns are. For me personally, just talking no one else can get the virus, what is your concern if you could get it, I would say I’m gonna go about my daily life. If I get it, I’m gonna ride it out. I’m gonna let nature do its course. Survival-of-the-fittest kind of approach. And just say, if it knocks me out, it knocks me out. I’m going to be OK. You know, even if I die. If I die, I die. I kind of have peace about that.”
Cousins, 32, is scheduled to make $35 million this season in what has been an up-and-down, but quite lucrative, playing career.
The NFL has put in strict protocols, including wearing masks, for its teams. On the weekly editions of HBO’s “Hard Knocks,” that follows the Rams and Chargers preseasons, there has been a major emphasis on wearing masks. For this past week, the NFL announced that four players among 8,739 tested positive for COVID-19.