Pat McAfee Rips The Big 10 Forcing Players With Coronavirus To Sit Out 21 Days After Graham Mertz Reportedly Tests Positive

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Pat McAfee is not happy with the Big 10’s protocols for handling positive coronavirus cases.

Football players in the B1G who test positive can’t compete for at least 21 days, which means they’ll miss a substantial chunk of the season. McAfee was heated when discussing Wisconsin superstar Graham Mertz reportedly testing positive on a rapid test. (RELATED: David Hookstead Is The True King In The North When It Comes To College Football)

“The Big 10 says, ‘No, we don’t care about the student or the human or the athlete part of this thing.’ That’s what they’re saying to Graham Mertz. 21 days. Take a hike. Don’t even touch a f**king football after the best night of your entire life,” McAfee passionately ranted during a Monday episode of his show when reacting to Mertz having to sit for 21 days if he tests positive on the PCR test.

You can watch his full comments below.

Preach, Pat! Preach it as loudly as you can. I’m not a medical expert, but I do have a little bit of common sense.

Forcing a kid to sit 21 days because they get coronavirus is absolutely absurd. President Donald Trump tested positive, went to the hospital and was back at it in way under 21 days.


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Mertz is a young athlete, and he should be allowed to play the moment he’s cleared. The literal minute he tests negative, Mertz should be allowed to go out there and spin it.

Instead, the damn B1G will make him sit for three weeks if the PCR test confirms he has a positive case of coronavirus.

It’s incredibly stupid on so many different levels.


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I agree with every single word McAfee said, and I’m guessing most rational people do too.