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'How the hell was I going to drink a beer with a mask on?': Florida Gov. DeSantis defends being seen without a mask in a box at the Su

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‘How the hell was I going to drink a beer with a mask on?’: Florida Gov. DeSantis defends being seen without a mask in a box at the Super Bowl

  • Ron DeSantis went into defense mode for being seen in a box at the Super Bowl with no mask, according to Politico reporter Marc Caputo
  • A photo shows a maskless DeSantis speaking with another person at the game
  • ‘Someone said, “Hey, you were at the Super Bowl without a mask” … but how the hell am I going to be able to drink a beer with a mask on? Come on. I had to watch the Bucs win,’ DeSantis reportedly said
  • Critics blasted fans at the Super Bowl for failing to wear masks properly – if they wore them at all – and for disregarding social distancing rules
  • The hashtag ‘SuperSpreaderBowl’ began trending on Twitter on Sunday night as armchair viewers were distracted from the on-field action

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis defended his not wearing a mask during his time inside a box at the Super Bowl, declaring he needed it off so he could drink his beer.

DeSantis was speaking at an event Monday when he went into defense mode for his actions, according to Politico reporter Marc Caputo, who said the governor brought up a photo that had been circulating on the web.

The photo, taken during the big game, shows a maskless DeSantis speaking with another person, who isn’t identified. 

DeSantis was speaking at an event when he went into defense mode for his actions, according to Politico reporter Marc Caputo

DeSantis was speaking at an event when he went into defense mode for his actions, according to Politico reporter Marc Caputo

‘Someone said, “Hey, you were at the Super Bowl without a mask” … but how the hell am I going to be able to drink a beer with a mask on? Come on. I had to watch the Bucs win,’ DeSantis said, according to the reporter.

He wasn’t the only one who faced criticism for his mask-wearing practices. 

Online, some blasted fans at the Super Bowl for failing to wear masks properly – if the wore them at all – and for disregarding social distancing rules amid fears the game could turn into a Covid super-spreader event.

The hashtag ‘SuperSpreaderBowl’ began trending on Twitter on Sunday night as armchair viewers were distracted from the on-field action by the antics of the crowd.

‘The real winner of the Super Bowl is Covid’, one tweeted as images of fans with masks pulled down around their necks and standing close together were aired.  

The hashtag 'SuperSpreaderBowl' began trending on Twitter on Sunday night as armchair viewers were distracted from the on-field action by the antics of the crowd

The hashtag ‘SuperSpreaderBowl’ began trending on Twitter on Sunday night as armchair viewers were distracted from the on-field action by the antics of the crowd

Fans react during the first quarter of Super Bowl LV between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Many did not adhere to social distancing

Fans react during the first quarter of Super Bowl LV between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Many did not adhere to social distancing

A bevy of precautions were put in place to have fans attend the game in person safely, including limiting capacity to 30 per cent and requiring masks except when eating or drinking. 

But those rules appeared to go out the window as the night wore on, with images showing fans crowding close together in the stands. 

CBS Sports noted that the stands looked more full than they actually are, because roughly 30,000 seats were filled with cardboard cutouts. 

The outlet also emphasized that almost a third of the 25,000 real attendees – 7,500 – were vaccinated health care workers invited by the NFL as a thank you for their service during the health crisis. 

CBS Sports noted that the stands may look more full than they actually are, because roughly 30,000 seats were filled with cardboard cutouts

CBS Sports noted that the stands may look more full than they actually are, because roughly 30,000 seats were filled with cardboard cutouts

Those in attendance at the game were required to wear face coverings the entire time, unless they were eating or drinking

Those in attendance at the game were required to wear face coverings the entire time, unless they were eating or drinking

Tampa Mayor Jane Castor issued an executive order last month requiring masks to be worn outside in the city’s most popular entertainment and recreation areas during Super Bowl festivities and the days following the event. 

Those in attendance at the game were required to wear face coverings the entire time, unless they were eating or drinking. 

Ushers holding signs enforced the rules that, by now, should be standard operating procedure. 

Nonetheless, violators could be found in every direction. 

Fans could be seen with their masks off celebrating the Buccaneers victory

Fans could be seen with their masks off celebrating the Buccaneers victory

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