Former Washington State coach Nick Rolovich talks about why he didn’t follow the state’s vaccination mandate


Former Washington State coach Nick Rolovich is finally speaking out about why he didn’t get a Covid-19 vaccine in 2021 and the “ugly conversations” he had with school administrators that led to his firing.

Rolovich, in an interview with DailyWire+ on Friday after his firing, said the government was not compliant with the “lack of response, lack of dialogue” about the effects of the vaccine and his beliefs as a Catholic. Jay Inslee’s decree for Washington state employees.

Washington State fired Rolovich and four assistant coaches last October for failing to comply with a state mandate to get vaccinated. The school fired Rolovich for cause, preventing him from receiving the roughly $9 million remaining on his contract. Last month, Rolovich filed a $25 million wrongful termination claim against the school.

“The priest broke it to me because he wanted to know why, and I said, ‘I feel this way,’ and he says, ‘Well, your conscience speaks to you, and the Catholic Church recognizes your conscience,'” Rolovich told The Daily Wire. “That’s what was talking to me the whole time. It was really hard because I wasn’t vaccinated and I couldn’t meet him. [players]. I’m stuck in my office all day. It was really unhealthy for me, but I have no regrets about my decision.”

While in Washington state, he said his only regret was not publicly disclosing that he would not receive the vaccine for religious reasons.

“I thought as a football coach, you don’t need to talk about politics, you don’t need to talk about religion, you don’t need to talk about medicine,” Rolovich said. “That’s all kind of out of bounds. To our staff. I said, ‘You’re against it, you’re against it. I don’t care.’ It’s really weird, real fast.”

According to Rolovich, Washington State athletic director Pat Chun eventually outlined his options when the vaccine mandate did not comply.

“[Chun] “You have four options: resign, get a waiver, get a medical exemption, get a religious exemption,” Rolovich told The Daily Wire’s former ESPN reporter Alison Williams, who left the network because of Disney’s employee vaccination mandate. I didn’t get the shot. I did not resign. I’m not going to get medical because I can get a fake card, easy, but I’ll lie. … I’m going to make a religion [exemption]. They both said, ‘We’re not going to believe you, you know, the governor’s not happy with you.’

Rolovich said Washington state’s human resources department approved his religious exemption request, but it went to his supervisor, Chun, who wrote a letter questioning Rolovich’s faith in science. Rolovich thought Chun “helped” Williams ultimately deny his waiver request.

When reached by ESPN, Chun and Washington State declined to comment on Rolovich’s allegations.

Rolovich was also addressed by Dr. Guy Palmer, WSU Regents Professor of Pathology and Infectious Diseases, who presented to the athletic department about the Covid vaccine. Rolovich said after several “pointed questions” from athletic department staff, Washington State director of football operations David Fox asked Palmer about the effects of the vaccine on women trying to get pregnant. Rolovich alleged that Fox’s comments upset Chun, who said he did not renew Fox’s employment two weeks later.

“I’ve already asked him to renew and I’m pleased with the work he’s done,” Rolovich said. “[Chun] He says three or four times [Fox is] A willing employee. And I call [Chun] A f-ing and coward and left. That’s when it started to sour between me and Pat.”

Rolovich did not speak in a 1-on-1 meeting arranged by WSU with Palmer, who told ESPN that Rolovich had “great reluctance” about the vaccine and asked questions typically associated with conspiracy theorists.

“Typical: Is Bill Gates Involved in Vaccines? [Gates] Do you hold patents on vaccines?” Palmer told ESPN. The answer to that is no.”

Rolovich told Williams he was waiting for a letter of entitlement from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to continue his legal action against Washington State. He’s not sure if he’ll ever get another job in training, but noted that others, such as frontline workers who live “check to check,” have sacrificed more than he did, saying, “It’s not a real good look for our society . . .”

“A lot of people called me, texted me, [saying] “I’ll take 10 shots for that money,” Rolovich said. “That’s great, I won’t tell you what I know, how I feel now. Sitting here seven months later, I’m like, God was right, and I was able to trust that feeling and that faith to help me.”


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