Aaron Rodgers Debacle Continues

Controversy still haunts the quarterback a week after being sidelined with Covid-19.

Aaron Rodgers walking off the field after victory.

Aaron Rodgers walking off the field after victory.

Ethan Caswell, Staff Writer

Aaron Rodgers, long-time quarterback of the Green Bay Packers, was diagnosed as positive for Covid-19 on Wednesday, November 3, 2021. This put him on Covid-19 quarantine last Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs and may affect this Sunday’s game against the Seattle Seahawks. When interviewed on Tuesday, he seemed hopeful that he could play, mentioning he just had to get past some “medical hurdles.”

When questioned prior about being vaccinated, Rodgers has responded in the past that he was immunized. This is his reasoning on why he has not been following NFL protocol for the unvaccinated. Aaron Rodgers was treated with an antibody treatment that has been shown to improve immune system defense against Covid-19, which is why he considers himself immunized. This is not the medical definition of “vaccinated,” which would exclude a person from the questioned NFL unvaccinated-player protocols. That status can only come from receiving one of the three approved Department of Health vaccines.

In the time since realization and disclosure, Aaron Rodgers has apologized for the misunderstanding. He has stated that his reasoning in avoiding one of the three approved vaccines is because there is an ingredient in the mRNA vaccines (Moderna and Pfizer) that he is allergic to. He also added that he did not have confidence in getting the J&J vaccine, so he made the personal choice to look into other avenues to meet everyone’s goals and thought that the antibody treatment was a good one.

Coaches, players, and administration from across the league and the media are disgusted by the blatant favoritism treatment given to Rodgers and the Packers by the NFL. As of today, Aaron Rodgers individually has been fined $14,650 for attending a Halloween party which goes against the unvaccinated-player protocols. The Packers organization has been fined $300,000 by the NFL for failure to enforce NFL protocol at that party and the many times Rodgers has been seen on the sidelines unmasked, but the penalty was only after pressure from negative public comments and bad press. Around the league, public feeling regarding whether Aaron Rodgers was intentionally deceitful is not in his favor at the moment. Stephen A. Smith says, “Aaron Rodgers came across as a national embarrassment” on the Pat McAfee Show. There has been talk around the league about Rodgers being released, but this is highly doubtful.