Aaron Rodgers is certainly getting his fair share of criticism. The three-time MVP missed last week’s game due to testing positive for COVID-19. He has also divided the fanbase with his comments regarding the vaccine. Granted, much of the criticism is due to the belief among many that the future Hall of Famer lied about his vaccine status before the season started. When asked if he was vaccinated, Rodgers had responded, “Yes, I am immunized.” In an interview with “The Pat McAfee Show” after his positive test, Rodgers told a different story. He revealed he had not gotten the vaccine and was following alternative methods to build up his immunity.
While Aaron Rodgers may be activated to play tomorrow (he does not need a negative test to play), many are still talking about his approach to the vaccine. For some reason, someone thought it wise to ask Aaron Rodgers’ father, who had this surprising response:
Why Is This Surprising?
Aaron Rodgers has famously had a falling out with his family. According to some reports, he has not spoken to them in years. His parents and brother, Jordan Rodgers, were publicly critical of his relationship with Olivia Munn. For his part, Aaron Rodgers has never commented on it to the media. What everyone does know, however, is that they do not get along. That is why is was so surprising that Rodgers’ father was even asked about his son’s reaction in the first place.
Others Have Not Been As Proud
Following his first interview after his positive test, many did not show the support Aaron Rodgers apparently has from his father. Saturday Night Live mocked him in their opening skit that week. Prevea Health, one of his sponsorship partners for over 10 years, cut ties with him the day after his comments about the vaccine. Even the White House Press Secretary, Jen Psaki, was asked about it:
Late night talk show host, Jimmy Kimmel, had this to say about Rodgers and the vaccine:
There Are Questions for the NFL
After investigating Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers, the NFL fined the franchise $300,000. The fine was for not enforcing their COVID policy to the proper extent. Aaron Rodgers, as well as wide receiver Allen Lazard, were fined for attending a Halloween party while being unvaccinated. Their fines were $14,650 each.
Last week, Dallas Cowboys’ wide receiver CeeDee Lamb was fined $20,000 for not having his jersey tucked in. Over the course of the season, Lamb has been fined tens of thousands of dollars for uniform violations ranging from jersey issues to not wearing his socks correctly.
The fact that Lamb, who is black, is being fined more for something as superficial as clothing is causing many to question the NFL:
The Green Bay Packers have been focused on the Seattle Seahawks, who will be getting Russell Wilson back under center this week. Despite how anyone feels about Aaron Rodgers, the fact of the matter is that he gives the Packers the best chance to win. Undoubtedly, more will be said about his vaccine status for weeks to come. However, the hope is that he remains healthy and leads this team to a Super Bowl.