Navy assistant football coach Billy Ray Stutzmann was fired on Monday in response to his refusal to receive the coronavirus vaccine.
An early report from Navy head coach Ken Niumatalolo stated that Stutzmann had left the program for “personal reasons.” However, a social media post from Stutzmann says that the academy fired him after refusing to take the vaccine for religious reasons.
“After much thought and prayer, I am unable to follow the requirements,” Stutzmann wrote.
— Billy Ray Stutzmann (@BRayStutzmann) September 13, 2021
“Stutzmann said the Naval Academy Athletics Association’s vaccination policy went against his religious convictions,” USA Today Sports reported. “Team spokesman Scott Strasemeier confirmed to USA TODAY Sports that the school’s athletic department instituted a vaccine mandate.”
Stutzmann says that he applied for a religious exemption to the academy’s vaccine mandate, but his request was refused.
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