Patriots linebacker Matthew Judon via Twitter: 'The NFLPA (expletive) sucks'

Richard Morin
USA TODAY Sports Plus

A tweet from New England Patriots linebacker Matthew Judon's account called out the NFL Players' Association and yielded a collective '👀' reaction from the sports world Thursday.

The tweet said "The NFLPA [expletive] sucks." It was still public at the time of publication.

An NFLPA spokesperson said in an email to USA TODAY Sports+ that it was aware of the tweet but declined to comment. Judon did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The specific point of contention against the NFLPA remains unclear, but the NFL made headlines Thursday by announcing strict protocols that will penalize teams should a COVID-19 outbreak among unvaccinated players put the league's schedule in jeopardy.

Judon has been outspoken on Twitter before. In June, he retweeted a post from Cincinnati Bengals running back Joe Mixon that criticized the NFL and NFLPA's COVID-19 protocols for training camp and preseason.

On a media call in June, NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith said the association has "encouraged players to get vaccinated from day one. ... It's a question of making sure that our players have access to all of the information, their ability to reach out and call me."

The NFL's new protocols will force teams to forfeit a game if they are unable to play a game due to a COVID-19 outbreak among unvaccinated players.

Teams also would incur responsibility for covering lost revenue from that game and neither team's players would receive their weekly game checks.

The NFL player body was not fully vaccinated as of Thursday. An NFL spokesperson told USA TODAY Sports that 78% of players had received at least one vaccine and 14 teams had at least 85% of their players fully vaccinated.

Judon, who joined the Patriots as a free agent this winter, recently signed a four-year, $56 million contract. He spent four seasons with the Baltimore Ravens prior to joining New England.