The NFL may end up punishing Aaron Rodgers not for lying about his vaccine status, but for breaking COVID protocols on Halloween.
Aaron Rodgers may not be willing to receive the COVID vaccine, but this week he revealed that he has injected himself with nearly every conspiracy theories surrounding him.
Rodgers will miss Sunday’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs after being forced to miss 10 mandatory days for testing positive for COVID-19 but not being vaccinated against it. This kicked off a week that broke his public persona (or revealed what we’ve all been too gullible to see) and plunged the conversation into further chaos.
If you thought we had reached the pinnacle of Aaron Rodgers’ COVID drama, think again.
According to Ian Rapoport, the league is looking to fine both Rodgers – and ask the Packers to fine him too – during the Halloween party if it is determined that COVID protocols have been violated.
Under the jointly negotiated NFL-NFLPA COVID-19 protocols – which Rodgers strongly criticized in a Friday appearance on The Pat McAfee Show, stating that “some of the rules are not science-based at all” – Rodgers faces potential fines since club or league for appearing unmasked at press conferences and attending a Halloween party with many teammates. And sources say the NFL is looking into both
Buckle up folks, this ride is about to get even bumpier.
Will the NFL punish Aaron Rodgers for the COVID vaccine controversy?
The NFL is sitting on a potential powder keg with the Rodgers situation, one that if it blows up they can blame themselves as much as anyone else involved.
Rodgers was adamant that the league was aware of his vaccination status from the start, meaning the league was allowing Rodgers to make in-person appearances with the press despite the league’s unvaccinated players being forced to use Zoom meetings for health and safety reasons.
If the league puts a strain on Rodgers and the Packers now, the optics will once again make it seem like the league only acted once the things it already knew about became public. This would have come in the wake of a similar situation where the league was aware of the racist emails shared between Jon Gruden and the current league executives, but did nothing until the emails leaked to the public.
This is a recurring theme with the NFL.
Here’s where the line lies as to whether or not the league has the guts to do something about it. If they fine Rodgers, they’ll go to war with one of his biggest stars who doesn’t seem to be afraid to kamikaze his career for the complacency of feeling like he’s won the argument.