Yadier Molina and Cardinals respond after controversial COVID-19 Instagram post.
Yadier Molina is in some hot water after he posted an Instagram this week which can be simply described as – controversial. The image show Molina, who tested positive for COVID-19, sitting next to six other people, shoulder to shoulder with the caption “F–k COVID” with the shrug emoji.
Now he and the team have responded to the backlash that Instagram post received.
“I wanted to make a few things clear with the picture I sent,” Molina wrote on a new Instagram post with the same photo. “I know COVID is a serious virus, trust me, I had it for a week myself! Many of the people in the picture are the same way and we got together to celebrate beating COVID. The other people in the picture are tested routinely because they work directly at my house or are part of my family! I understand how this looks from the outside, and even though I do this most of the time, I will make sure to be more careful to wear masks and socially distance in the future. And, my message under the picture was to show the world that we can beat this thing! I know this won’t make everyone understand, but I hope it clears up some concerns people have.
‘FCOVID’ Not because I don’t care about the protocols, but because this won’t beat us!”
The Cardinals also issued a statement on Monday
The St. Louis Cardinals also responded with a statement of their own (h/t CBS Sports).
"“Given our experience with the outbreak, we have to be extra vigilant as we fight the coronavirus with the three basic principles of social distancing, wearing a mask, and proper hygiene. The Cardinals as an organization must emphasize this in any setting as we move forward. We will remind players and staff that these practices must be done at both home and on the road for us to be successful.”"
The Cardinals have been forced to shut down due to COVID issues so the Instagram is insensitive to say the least.