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Aaron Rodgers: Stop Lying and Get Your Vaccine

Courtesy of Mike Morbeck | FlickrPhoenix A&E writer Aqib Rasheed lambasts NFL player Aaron Rodgers for lying about his COVID-19 vaccination status.

Aaron Rodgers must love “Good Will Hunting,” specifically for the famous “It’s not your fault scene.” Throughout his career, the 37-year-old quarterback for the Green Bay Packers has been involved in professional and personal controversies. The latest: manipulating and gaslighting the football community into thinking he’s vaccinated for COVID-19. 

Sorry, Aaron, this time it is your fault.

It was reported Nov. 3 Rodgers tested positive for COVID-19. Vaccinated NFL players are allowed to return after two negative tests but NFL insiders were quick to report he was out for a minimum of 10 days. This only meant one thing: the superstar quarterback is unvaccinated. 

The stunning revelation left many people in shock and confusion, especially when videos from an August 2021 press conference resurfaced online.

“Yeah, I’ve been immunized,” Rodgers said on his vaccination status during the press conference. 

Using the word “immunized” rather than a straight yes or no seems like an odd choice, but if you go by the CDC definition, immunized can be used interchangeably with vaccination and inoculation. In hindsight, maybe a reporter should’ve asked for clarification — but I don’t blame them for trusting Rodgers’ words. 

Rodgers knew what he was doing by saying immunized — instead of receiving the vaccine to shield him from COVID-19 — he manipulated the media to shield him from the criticism of being unvaccinated. 

Last season, the Packers had the number one seed in the National Football Conference and were Super Bowl favorites. They lost at home to the eventual champions and underdog Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Rodgers didn’t take the loss well, ghosting the Packers and threatening to retire unless they traded him.

Green Bay caved by promising Rodgers they would trade him after this season as well as make a few football moves that he wanted. While some of Rodgers’ complaints were valid, he never wants to take the blame — completely going against the team spirit of football.

By not getting vaccinated, Rodgers is being selfish to his fans, to his team and to the general population. The Packers lost the game he missed and they would’ve likely won with him. Rather than owning up to his lie, Rodgers played victim on “The Pat McAfee Show” — a popular sports morning talk show.

In the bizarre Nov. 5 interview, Rodgers won MAGA bingo: he claims the “woke mob” is after him, there’s an ongoing “witch hunt” against unvaccinated people, “cancel culture” is out to get him and he sought professional advice from controversial podcast host Joe Rogan.

He states his immunization quote is correct because he’s been treated with monoclonal antibodies and Ivermectin, a medicine the FDA says shouldn’t be used to treat or prevent COVID-19. 

“You lied to everyone, Aaron,” Hall of Fame quarterback Terry Bradshaw said during a pre-game kickoff. Bradshaw couldn’t have been more accurate.

Rodgers is a selfish liar. He has millions of fans spanning ages and the world, all watching his irresponsible behavior. It’s one thing to not get the vaccine that protects yourself and everyone else against a disease that’s taken over five million lives worldwide, but then to double-down and say everyone else is at fault? 

That’s not someone who’s known for being one of the greatest players of all time, but rather, a narcissistic and egotistical figure. 

Rodgers is synonymous with the State Farm slogan “discount double-check,” but he didn’t care to double check any of his vaccine facts. He claims he has an allergy to the mRNA vaccines and refuses to get the Johnson and Johnson (J&J) shot, since it was causing adverse reactions and was briefly paused. However, Rodgers failed to acknowledge the shot was put back into the market 11 days later and he didn’t fall even close to the affected population experiencing side effects.

Get your facts straight, Aaron. If you had an allergy to an mRNA vaccine, the NFL would’ve given you an exemption which you never received.

Most legendary players leave a legacy on the field and off the field — but this whole charade appears to be tanking both.

Rodgers ended the interview by insensitively quoting Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. One does have a moral obligation to object to unjust rules, but Aaron, getting vaccinated is not an unjust rule — it’s the responsible decision.

As for all of you reading, don’t be like Aaron Rodgers. Get your vaccine if you haven’t and get your booster shot when you become eligible for one.

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