Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott got a quick lesson on HIPAA and how it actually works following a press conference.
When it comes to finding out if celebrities, political figures, and athletes are vaccinated, citing HIPAA as a reason not to divulge that information has become the new plead the fifth. During a recent press conference on Friday (Jul.23), Dak Prescott was asked if he was vaccinated against COVID-19, and he quickly responded, “I don’t necessarily think that’s exactly important,” adding, “I think that’s HIPAA.”
We don’t know when being vaccinated against a highly contagious virus became taboo, but here we are.
Prescott did add that he believes his Cowboys will reach the recently announced NFL vaccination threshold. The Cowboys are reportedly one of the teams lagging in the department, so much that NFL Hall-of-Famer and legendary Cowboys’ receiver Michael Irvin blasted players who are against getting vaccinated.
Anyway, Prescott is dead wrong with his use of HIPAA, an acronym commonly used for the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, a federal regulation that makes it illegal for health care providers and insurers to share patients’ medical records without their explicit permission.
However, the law does not apply to the press asking about an individual’s medical history or records, causing reporters and other people on Twitter to throw a flag on the play.
Prescott is not the only high-profile individual to incorrectly use HIPAA. Even congress members like Marjorie Taylor Greene have done it. On Tuesday (Jul.20), when asked if she has been vaccinated, she said, “Your first question is a violation of my HIPAA rights. You see, with HIPAA rights, we don’t have to reveal our medical records, and that also involves our vaccine records.”
Just loud and absolutely wrong.
Prescott does have some folks defending him. Currently, unemployed wide receiver, and his former teammate, Dez Bryant, threw his cape over his shoulder pads to hop on Twitter to say, “You don’t owe anyone a explanation @dak.”
Prescott’s comments come on the eve of the NFL almost making it mandatory that players be vaccinated but just fall short by instituting some very harsh rules if an unvaccinated player on a team causes an outbreak. Players like DeAndre Hopkins took to Twitter to cry about the NFL’s new policy and even suggested he would retire due to them.
It is quite funny behavior from a group of men who ram their heads into each other and allow team doctors to prescribe them pills and shoot them up with all kinds of medicines, but we digress.
On the other hand, NFL coaches are not allowed to roam the sidelines unvaccinated, and we saw two coaches, Minnesota Vikings’ assistant coach Rick Dennison and New England Patriots co-OL coach Cole Popovich. Both were relieved of duty for their choice not to get vaccinated.
We are intrigued to see how this NFL season will play out.
Twitter Reacts To DeAndre Hopkins Not Wanting COVID Vaccine
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DeAndre Hopkins: I might retire rather than get the vax— profloumoore (@loumoore12) July 22, 2021
Roger Goodell: pic.twitter.com/cCNv11FNlY
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Deandre Hopkins once DM-ed me for questioning his downfield blocking ability pic.twitter.com/u7sWyE4QEZ— Three Year Letterman (@3YearLetterman) July 22, 2021
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DeAndre Hopkins and Cole Beasley on Twitter like pic.twitter.com/Dx6pfKsunU— Chris Rosvoglou (@RosvoglouReport) July 22, 2021
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DeAndre Hopkins in the Grey Cup next year pic.twitter.com/aqaZmG2WKg— Theo Ash (@TheoAshNFL) July 22, 2021
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Kyler Murray checking Twitter and seeing DeAndre Hopkins trending pic.twitter.com/dDBFUqbvOH— Noah / Start Hunter Helms (@PrimeKorver26) July 22, 2021
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DeAndre Hopkins scared of a vaccine but he’s chill with THIS? These mfers more clueless than my viewers holy pic.twitter.com/GEGKhV64qF— THump (@THump) July 22, 2021
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DeAndre Hopkins: I’m questioning my future in the NFL.— WokeCutler (@CutlerWoke) July 22, 2021
Bill O’Brien: pic.twitter.com/0gP9S6sx48
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“Nooo Deandre Hopkins the NFL can’t go on without you !” - not a single person who enjoys the NFL— polshev shipoknik (@finnereaux) July 22, 2021
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COVID and CTE in Deandre Hopkins pic.twitter.com/iG24NKGLzI— 🎃 (@letcadecook) July 22, 2021
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No man shall infringe upon the right to life, liberty, and to play a full 17-game slate https://t.co/o2axjmWnXv— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) July 22, 2021
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Cole Beasley seeing DeAndre Hopkins speak out about the vaccine https://t.co/kxnpRjTL1T— Ramey (@HoodieRamey) July 22, 2021
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DeAndre Hopkins: I may retire from the NFL before I take that COVID vaccine— #LondonisBlue 7-1-1/ #GoPackGo 6-1 (@ShadyCobainNV) July 22, 2021
Roger Goodell and the NFL Front Office: pic.twitter.com/EDTmo6EsbZ
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Cardinals locker room when they have to forfeit bc of Deandre Hopkins pic.twitter.com/2OqDEdjr9Y— Conan O’Brien’s illegitimate son (@pleasesueme) July 22, 2021
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The NFL to DeAndre Hopkins pic.twitter.com/FBitcpRq2p— Lamar Johnson (@im_lamar) July 22, 2021
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DeAndre Hopkins in the XFL when they waive the vaccine requirement pic.twitter.com/W3FVqsEBpc— Thomas Cavanagh (@TJ_Cavanagh) July 22, 2021
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Bill O’Brien watching DeAndre Hopkins and Deshaun Watson destroy their careers pic.twitter.com/8S9AVXX0g0— Ayo🇳🇬 (@AyoAjayi1905) July 22, 2021
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Me finding out why DeAndre Hopkins is trending at the moment. pic.twitter.com/LpUA5I7iSC— Krysis (@4CornersNomad) July 22, 2021
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