Green Bay Packers star quarterback Aaron Rodgers is out for Sunday’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs after testing positive for COVID-19. The situation became more complicated following Rodgers’ attempt to clear up the discussion. It’s led Hall of Famer Terry Bradshaw to publicly blast him for lying about his COVID-19 status.
Aaron Rodgers ingulfed in COVID-19 dilemma
After testing positive for COVID-19, the drama around the Packers star quarterback quickly became prominent.
Rodgers reportedly was unhappy with his vaccination status becoming public. His positive result sidelined him for Week 9 action against the Kansas City Chiefs. Meanwhile, the 37-year-old made his first public comments during an interview on The Pat McAfee Show.
Rodger said he followed every protocol except for the mandatory masking at press conferences while stating his teammates knew his vaccination status.
“I really felt like, at the time, there was a time and place for sharing of information,” Rodgers said. “It was such a witch hunt. They wanted to out and shame and denigrate every single person who didn’t immediately say, ‘Oh I got the Pfizer, I got the Moderna,’ whatever. I wanted it to go away.
“Everyone on the squad knew I was not vaccinated, everyone in the organization knew I wasn’t vaccinated. I wasn’t hiding it from anybody. I was trying to minimize and mitigate this conversation that would go on and on.”
Rodgers added that he conducted “500 pages” of research from medical experts he worked. He also stated that he had an allergy to an ingredient in the mRNA vaccines that pushed him away from getting the Moderna and Pfizer shots.
He also elected not to get the Johnson and Johnson vaccine due to clotting issues that temporarily paused the shot usage in April. According to the CDC, Blood clot issues with low platelets happen at a rate of about seven per 1 million vaccinated women between 18 and 49 years old. It’s an even rarer condition for men.
Rodgers’ comments and decision-making quickly received backlash that led Terry Bradshaw to voice his disgruntlement.
Terry Bradshaw destroys Aaron Rodgers for lying about COVID-19 status: ‘Unfortunately, we’ve got players that pretty much think only about themselves’
Over recent years, Bradshaw hasn’t shied away from using his elevated platform to discuss his strong opinion regarding various NFL matters.
Rodgers‘ situation fell right into that realm on Sunday morning, as the Hall of Famer aired his disappointment toward the Packers star’s handling of it.
“It would’ve been nice if Aaron came down to the naval academy and learned to be honest,” Bradshaw said. “Learned not to lie. Because that’s what you did, Aaron. You lied. I understand immunized, but what you were doing is taking stuff that would keep you from getting COVID-19. You got COVID-19.
“Ivermectin is a cattle dewormer. Sorry folks that’s what it is. We are a divided nation politically. We are a divided nation on COVID-19 whether or not to take the vaccine, and unfortunately, we got players that pretty much only think about themselves and I’m extremely disappointed in the actions of Aaron Rodgers.”
Bradshaw’s sentiment is one that Jimmy Johnson and Howie Long share, voicing that Rodgers’ decision impacts his teammates and coaches. It’s beyond dictating a choice that only affects himself as he plays a vital role in the Packers’ success.
He chose not to receive the vaccine, and the situation is now under league investigation that could result in punishment, putting Green Bay into a potentially crushing spot.
Michael Strahan pushes back at Packers star using Martin Luther King Jr. quote
The issues with Rodgers don’t stop there as many took exception with him using a Martin Luther King Jr. quote.
In defending his decision not to get the vaccine, he referenced words from King Jr. that he believed underlined his push back toward succumbing to the outside pressure.
“The great MLK said, ‘You have a moral obligation to object to unjust rules and rules that made no sense,” Rodgers said during his Friday appearance on the Pat McAfee Show.
The problem lay with him presenting the quote as backing his stance to challenge what he believes is unjust. Former New York Giants star Michael Strahan pushed back at Rodgers using MLK to prove his point.
“There are times to quote MLK and this was not one of them,” Strahan said.
Rodgers is in a sticky situation that he has only further complicated with his words.