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Mel Kiper Jr. Not Allowed to Attend NFL Draft Because He’s Unvaccinated for COVID-19

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Mel Kiper Jr. will cover the 2022 NFL Draft remotely from his home studio in Maryland rather than on-site in Las Vegas.

The long-time analyst has covered the NFL Draft for nearly 40 years.

He’s not allowed to cover this year’s draft on-site due to his personal medical choice of not taking the experimental COVID-19 shot.

Kiper Jr. released this statement:

“I appreciate my colleagues, particularly the production staff and my fellow commentators, for their support and flexibility. NFL fans are the most passionate in all of sports and I can’t wait for another great NFL draft,” he said.

Outkick reported:

This year’s draft may be a bust without a familiar face in attendance.

Longtime ESPN-NFL draft analyst Mel Kiper, Jr. will forego attending the 2022 NFL Draft over his unvaccinated status. Kiper stated that being unvaccinated prohibits him from onsite reporting.

“I completely support everyone determining what’s best for their individual circumstance and recognize the value of vaccines,” Kiper said, via Twitter.

“Simply put, my Covid vaccination decision is very specific to my own personal medical history,” he added.

Kiper, 61, will instead be chiming in remotely during the broadcast — extending his run as the network’s premier draft analyst since 1984. He last made a virtual appearance when in-person attendance for the 2020 NFL Draft was canceled due to COVID.

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