Kirk Cousins made headlines last week not for his work at Minnesota Vikings training camp but for something he said on a podcast in July. His cavalier attitude about dying from the coronavirus bothered some. Upon further inspection, Cousins’ beliefs are a direct reflection of his family and his faith. And based on some recent controversial things said by his father, who is a preacher, the Minnesota quarterback’s thoughts on the pandemic could be the tip of the iceberg.
Kirk Cousins offers thoughts on the pandemic
In July, Kirk Cousins visited with Kyle Brandt on his 10 Questions Podcast. When asked his thoughts on the pandemic and his concerns of getting the virus or dying from it, Cousins offered a surprising response.
“If you’re talking no one else can get the virus, what is your concern if you could get it? I’d say, I’m going to go about my daily life,” Cousins told Brandt. “If I get it, I’m going to ride it out. I’m going to let nature do its course. ‘Survival of the fittest’ kind of an approach and just say if it knocks me out, it knocks me out. I’m going to be OK. Even if I die — if I die, I die. I kind of have peace about that.”
The latest totals indicate more than 189,000 people have died from the coronavirus since March. That’s 189,000 families have had to mourn the loss of a loved one because they weren’t “the fittest” according to Cousins’ description.
Cousins’ thoughts don’t add up to the way many in America or around the world view the pandemic. In the U.S., daily death totals in recent days have ranged from 400 to more than 1,000. As a nation, we’ve become numb to the numbers, but if those numbers were translated into plane crashes, would Cousins be okay with two to four commercial airlines crashing on a daily basis?
Others respond to Cousins’ remarks
The response to Kirk Cousins’ remarks varied. Many were surprised that he would say something so reckless from his position of power and influence while others appreciated his honesty and his willingness to wear a mask out of respect to others. Fox Sports personality Emmanuel Acho falls in the latter category.
“Don’t let headlines fool you. Kirk Cousins disagrees w/ wearing a mask, but he still does it selflessly out of respect for other people,” Acho tweeted. “The world would be far better off if we all operated with selfless concern EVEN when we disagree.”
Kirk Cousins’ father, Don, also responded in agreement.
“As his father I would be saddened if Kirk were to speak of fearing Covid and even sadder if he was fearful of dying. ‘For God has not given us a spirit of fear…’ 2 Tim 1:7 ‘perfect love (Gods) drives out fear…’ I Jn 4:18. Great answer Kirk!”
Kirk Cousins’ father blames Satan for Black Lives Matter in pro sports
Kirk Cousins receiving support from his father makes sense. But his father, who is a pastor at Discovery Church in Orlando, has said some questionable things of his own recently that also made headlines.
While it’s interesting that Cousins and his father don’t have any fear of dying from the coronavirus, which is why congregants at the church aren’t required to wear masks, the elder Cousins does appear to have some fear about Satan and his agenda. The pastor said, like Alexander the Great and Hitler, Satan has an agenda and his agenda items in the United States include textbook changes, cancel culture, and the removal of statues. But that’s not all.
“Obviously, we all understand where most of the media, the arts, and Hollywood is coming from today and what their agenda is…Athletics, if you’re at all tuned in to pro sports these days, and what’s unfolding there, you know the platform that’s taking place. Friends, the voice of God’s enemies through the platforms of the world is loud and it is dominant.”
Kirk Cousins’ thoughts on the pandemic, while surprising to many, are clearly based in his faith. Is there any doubt where he stands on the other subjects his father has discussed? It’s hard to believe his views would diverge very far from his father, if at all. And with that mindset, it will be hard to believe anything Cousins says in support of his Black teammates in the future when it comes to social justice issues.