Aaron Rodgers: “I strongly believe in body autonomy and the ability to make choices for your body, not having to accept some kind of awake culture or crazy individuals who say you have to do something.”
Last updated: 06/11/21 11:25 am
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who tested positive for COVID-19 this week, defended his decision not to get the vaccine and criticized the “shame-canceling company” for the criticism it received.
The Packers put Rodgers on the NFL / COVID-19 reserve list on Wednesday and, as an unvaccinated player, he is automatically banned for at least 10 days and will then miss Sunday’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Rodgers told reporters in August that he was “vaccinated” in response to a question about him getting the COVID-19 vaccine, but the 37-year-old quarterback insists he didn’t lie.
Appearing on the Pat McAfee Show On Friday, Rodgers said, “I realize I’m in the sights of the awake crowd right now.
“So, before my last nail is put into my treasure trove of nullification culture, I would like to set the record straight about so many of the blatant lies that are out there about me.
“First of all, I didn’t lie in the opening press conference. During that time, there was a league-wide witch hunt going on where all the media were so worried about who was vaccinated and what it meant and who it was being selfish and who would have talked about it.
“At the time, my plan was to say I had been immunized. It wasn’t some kind of ruse or lie, it was the truth.
“If there had been a follow-up to my claim that I had been immunized, I would have said, ‘Look, I’m not some kind of anti-vax, flat-earther. I’m someone who is a critical thinker.’
“Guys you know me, rotten to the beat of my drum.
“I strongly believe in body autonomy and the ability to make choices for your body, not having to accept some kind of awake culture or crazy individuals who say you have to do something.”
NFL Media reported this week that Rodgers received homeopathic treatment from his personal physician to raise his antibody levels and asked the NFL to review his status. The league determined that Rodgers’ treatment did not provide any documented protection from the coronavirus.
In making his decision not to get vaccinated, Rodgers said he compiled hundreds of pages of vaccine research and found he was allergic to an ingredient found in both Pfizer and Moderna products.
The reigning league MVP said he complies with the NFL’s COVID-19 protocols, wearing a mask at the team facility, staying isolated from teammates, and following regulations that restrict his movement on the road. He said he violated the rules just by getting unmasked at press conferences, but he didn’t see the need for it as he was in a room with fully vaccinated people.
Rodgers said he had had symptoms since Tuesday night, tested positive on Wednesday but felt “much better” on Friday.
Green Bay reserve quarterback Jordan Love will make his first NFL career on Sunday in Rodgers’ absence. Love was a first-round pick for the Packers in 2020 from Utah State.
“I’m very excited for Jordan,” Rodgers said. “I’ve had conversations with him. It will be very strange to watch the game without being there, but look, I hope we can step back, stop lying, go out with the witch hunt and cancel and realize that this is it.” a conversation to make, not a controversy, and let’s move on with some love and connection. “