Aaron Rodgers is apparently pro-choice when it comes to the COVID-19 vaccine.
Although he says he has received the double jab, the Green Bay Packers superstar quarterback told the media that his teammates should decide for themselves.
“Yeah, I’ve been immunized,” the National Football League luminary admitted at a press conference. “There’s a lot of conversation around it, around the league, and a lot of guys who have made statements and not made statements, owners who have made statements,” Rodgers said.
“There’s guys on the team that haven’t been vaccinated. I think it’s a personal decision. I’m not going to judge those guys,” he continued. “It’s an interesting issue that I think we’re going to see played out the entire season.”
Rodgers, the 2020 National Football League MVP, explained that he read up on the vaccine before deciding to get the shot.
“I like to learn about everything that I’m doing, and there was a lot of research that even went into that. It’s going to be interesting to see how things work moving forward. Obviously, there could be some issues with vaccinated people only testing every couple weeks, and then non-vaccinated testing every day. I think this is going to continue to evolve as we get into the season.”
At the same presser, Rodgers admitted that it’s either a Super Bowl championship or “disappointment” going into the 2021 season, which could be his last season in Green Bay.
The generally liberal sports media seems to be engaged in a campaign to vaccine-shame players, such as Minnesota Vikings QB Kirk Cousins, among others, who for various personal reasons are hesitant to get vaccinated or who have declined to comment to reporters about their vaccine status. The vast majority of NFL players are reportedly vaccinated.
Buffalo Bills wide receiver Cole Beasley, for one, has indicated that he might consider retirement rather than get the vaccine. Along with apparently unvaccinated teammate Isaiah McKenzie, Beasley has been hit with a $15,000 fine for not wearing a face mask at the training facility.
In addition to some government-sector mandates, private-sector employers are increasingly requiring workers to get vaccinated as a condition of employment. This comes even as reports emerge of fully vaccinated persons in the U.S. and overseas apparently testing positive for the coronavirus infection.
Rodgers’s comments are particularly noteworthy in that he is generally considered a trendy left-winger. That otherwise puts him in a cohort, including the corporate liberal media, that has abandoned its traditional “my body, my choice” philosophy in the last year or so.
“Now, you could not find a more liberal quarterback in the NFL than Rodgers — not that his unspoken politics matter. But for a guy who’s more Colin Kaepernick than Kirk Cousins off the field, Rodgers exercised leadership and reason instead of putting his personal beliefs before football and his teammates,” Outkick observed, noting that the “flash of common sense” is “infrequently heard in the NFL.”
The sports media in Tampa has apparently yet to ask Buccaneers QB Tom Brady about his vaccine status. Although it’s none of their business (and that should apply to every player), Brady’s response would be interesting given the superstar’s well-known penchant for alternative health practices.
The mercurial Rodgers was part of a long-running drama over the summer as to whether he would report to camp given his apparent feud with management, but he is now in the fold.
The NFL has not implemented a vaccine mandate, so far anyway, but it is pressuring employees to get the injection, Outkick separately explained:
The protocols force unvaccinated players to test for COVID every day while vaccinated ones have to test only once every two weeks. Unvaccinated players have to wear masks inside their team facility, while vaccinated ones don’t.
Unvaccinated players must isolate for five days if they come in close contact with a COVID-positive person, while fully vaccinated players don’t need to isolate after exposure.
And unvaccinated players who don’t abide by the higher threshold for COVID protocols that applies only to them are subject to an onerous fine schedule.
The league has also warned that a COVID outbreak among unvaccinated players could force a team to forfeit a game.
Some players have been required to isolate temporarily for violating COVID protocols during training camp.
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