Bradley Keyes, a New Hampshire high school track coach, said he was fired after staunchly refusing to make his athletes wear face masks during competitions as recommended by the state athletic association.
Quotes from Mr. Keyes:
“I will not stand up in front of the kids and lie to them and tell them that these masks are doing anything worthwhile out in an open field with wind blowing and the sun shining.”
“I wear a mask where I have to. I’ll wear a mask when I go into stores or any private business that wants me to,” he added to the station. “Based on what I read, honestly I don’t believe they do much good.”
“I just think people haven’t pushed back, and I decided it was time to push back,” he told WBZ-TV in a subsequent interview.
Note: Mr. Keyes now says that his primary goal is to “Get rid of any and all requirements that athletes wear masks while exerting themselves during outdoor practices and competitions so the athletes can run and play freely.”