Nick Rolovich’s refusal to vaccinate causes discord in Washington state


“I would call it a dramatic irony,” Woods said in a telephone interview on Friday. “Everyone’s choice should be respected, but they didn’t respect my choice. The rule for me was if you log out you won’t become part of the team. Now he wants to refuse the vaccination. Does he want to be part of the team? “

One of the most persistent legacies of the pandemic is the instrument of division – be it through shutdowns, masks, vaccines or mandates. The dividing line between personal freedom and the common good leaves as little room for common ground as a razor blade.

After Rolovich admitted in a video press conference on Saturday afternoon that the past few months had been “an incredible amount of stress,” it was perhaps unsurprising that at least one of the Cougars – 83 percent of whom as of September 10 – described the Situation in us-versus-them terms.

“The guys who cover us are trying to dig a hole in our cougar football team,” said quarterback Jayden de Laura. “I thought you should support us and you are trying to take our head-guy off here.”

He added: “There is likely friction outside of our team. We don’t pay attention to such things. You guys are. This is your boys’ perspective. You don’t come early in the morning to practice with us and make sacrifices. “

Before the game, de Laura paused his warm-up to pay a brief visit to Jack Thompson, known as Throwin ‘Samoan, who is worshiped as the first in the program’s long line of outstanding quarterbacks. A few minutes earlier, Thompson had hugged Rolovich in a lettermen jacket and wished him the best of luck.

But even Thompson struggled to understand the situation.

“I’m in conflict,” he said. “Nick is a friend and a damn good coach. And I gave him my advice. But I love my school and nobody is bigger than school.

“I’m just praying that the right thing happens,” he continued, realizing that like everyone else – except maybe Rolovich – he has no idea how this will turn out.

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