Aaron Rodgers COVID Controversy
Immunization Scandal Engulfs QB
Aaron Rodgers is at the center of controversy, but this time, it involves something a lot more.
Earlier in the week, Rodgers tested positive for COVID-19, making himself unavailable for the game this Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs. In August, he had told reporters that he was "immunized." Furthermore, he has been placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list and will have to shut down for ten days.
On Friday, Rodgers made quite an impact during an episode of the "Pat McAfee Show." In it, Rodgers denies ever misleading the public on being unvaccinated and tries to explain why he hasn't received the shot. His reason is that he met with an NFL doctor, and that doctor gave him some misleading medical information. The NFL is now denying that part of Rodgers' statement regarding not getting the vaccine.
Furthermore, he talked about how "cancel culture" and a "woke mob" are to blame for the amount of backlash he is experiencing on social media. When this interview dropped on Friday, it immediately sent shockwaves around the league. As mentioned before, the NFL immediately shut down the notion that Rodgers was terrible medical information from an NFL doctor. "It's impossible for a vaccinated person to get COVID or spread COVID." Rodgers attempted to show the uncertainty caused by the virus and the vaccines as he explained the misinformation said to him from the NFL doctors.
The NFL claims none of this to be true.
"No doctor from the league or the joint NFL-NFLPA infectious disease consultants communicated with the player," the NFL said in a statement to Pro Football Talk. "If they had, they certainly would never have said anything like that."
After the video of him explaining why he wasn't vaccinated surfaced, a local health care organization announced the end of their partnership with Rodgers.
In a statement released on Saturday, Prevea Health released this statement:
"Prevea Health and Aaron Rodgers have decided to end their partnership effective Nov. 6, 2021. Aaron has been a partner of Prevea Health, serving as a spokesperson and supporting the health care organization's health and wellness initiatives throughout Wisconsin since 2012. Prevea Health remains deeply committed to protecting its patients, staff, providers, and communities amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes encouraging and helping all eligible populations to become vaccinated against COVID-19 to prevent the virus from significantly impacting lives and livelihoods."
It seems like Aaron Rodgers is at the center of controversy these days. Before the season started, no one knew where the quarterback would end up. It was unsure whether or not he would play this season.
Rodgers spent the entire offseason away from football. He even appeared as a guest host of the hit show "Jeopardy." It seemed as if his choices were to either play stick it out with Green Bay or retire. Since coming back, Rodgers has made it very clear that he wants to win a championship, no matter which team he plays for.
Over the years, Rodgers has shown his displeasure for the Green Bay Packers front office and their choice in draft selections. The Packers chose QB Jordan Love for their first-round pick in the 2020 NFL draft to everyone's shock. Not to anyone's shock, Rodgers was unhappy, and his response was to go out and win the 2020 NFL MVP. Everyone knows that nothing is more dangerous than an angry Aaron Rodgers.
When Rodgers makes his return next week, he will most likely be back to his usual self. However, he may have to channel a bit more anger this time, as he directs his hatred towards all the haters.
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