Aaron Rodgers recently tested positive for COVID-19 and was ruled out of the Green Bay Packers Sunday game with the Kansas City Chiefs. Ian Rappaport reported that Rodgers was unvaccinated. Some fans wondered how nobody could’ve known.
It turns out, the quarterback went to at least some effort to conceal his vaccination status. Mike Florio reported for NBC’s Pro Football Talk that Rodgers kept the fact that he is not vaccinated secret. The quarterback’s words about vaccination in the past now look suspicious in retrospect.
“Rodgers led reporters to believe in August that he’s vaccinated. Technically, he said he’s been “immunized.” But he clearly implied that he’s been vaccinated, because he said in the next breath that he won’t chastise teammates who aren’t vaccinated.”
In August, the quarterback addressed his status. Instead of being up front, he used some tricky wordplay to lie without really lying. He said that vaccination against a disease that has killed nearly 750,000 mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, and children in the United States is a personal choice rather than a matter of public health.
“Yeah, I’ve been immunized,” Rodgers said in August. “There’s guys on the team that haven’t been vaccinated. I think it’s a personal decision, I’m not gonna judge those guys.”
Additionally, Aaron Rodgers appeared in preseason photos standing on the sideline in street clothes without a mask. This was a violation of the NFL COVID-19 policy, as only vaccinated players are allowed to do so. That, combined with his word trick, create a strong impression that Rodgers not only lied about his status, but also deliberately violated public and league safety measures. Fellow Super Bowl-winning QB Tom Brady also was infected with COVID, although it is not believed that he was misleading about his status with the vaccination.
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