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Packers’ Rodgers lashes out about NFL’s vaccine requirements


Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who tested positive for the coronavirus and is not vaccinated, criticized the N.F.L.’s virus protocols and said that some of the rules are “based purely in trying to out and shame people.”

By Emmanuel Morgan


Aaron Rodgers spoke publicly late last week for the first time since news broke that he was not vaccinated against the coronavirus and had tested positive, lashing out at the news media and claiming he was a victim of the “woke mob” and “cancel culture.”


Rodgers, the Green Bay Packers’ starting quarterback and the NFL’s reigning Most Valuable Player, confirmed on Friday that he tested positive for the virus after the news rocketed around the sports world Wednesday. He was to miss Green Bay’s game Sunday against Kansas City and, like all unvaccinated players in the league who test positive, must quarantine for 10 days and test negative in order to return. Vaccinated players can return within 24 hours after they test negative twice, according to protocols jointly agreed upon by the NFL and NFL Players’ Association.


Rodgers’ comments came on “The Pat McAfee Show,” a program he attends weekly. During the lengthy interview, Rodgers advocated for personal choice for people’s bodies and criticized vaccine mandates.


“I’m not some sort of anti-vax flat-earther,” Rodgers said. “I believe strongly in bodily autonomy and the ability to make choices for your body, not to have to acquiesce to some sort of woke culture or crazed individuals who say you have to do something.”

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