Aaron Rodgers has addressed the controversy surrounding his COVID vaccine status, and has admitted to misleading people.
Rodgers appeared on the Pat McAfee Show on Tuesday to speak openly about the situation, and to take responsibility for his actions.
“I do realize I am a role model to a lot of people. I want to start off this show by acknowledging that I made some comments that people might have felt were misleading. To anyone who felt misled by those comments I take full responsibility for those comments.”
Rodgers then reiterated that he is very aware that he misled people, and that he is owning his mistake. He does, however, stand firm on his COVID stance.
“I shared an opinion that’s polarizing. I get it. And I misled some people about my status, which I take full responsibility of, those comments. But in the end, I have to stay true to who I am and what I’m about. I stand behind the things that I said.”
Rodgers went on to say that he dealt with COVID well and should be available for selection once he’s allowed to play again from Saturday.
“I’ve heard from so many of the guys (on the Packers), and the coaching staff, the whole organization has been really supportive and great through this time. As far as I know, 10 days is up Saturday, I can go into the facility and then I’ll be able to play after that.”
Despite his recovery, there’s a small chance Rodgers won’t play this Sunday.
“I believe that there’s a health hurdle as far as movement, sweating, getting into it, making sure my body, my heart is fine with the physical exertion.”
The NFL fined the Packers $300,000 and Rodgers received a fine of $14,650 for violation of COVID-19 protocols.
Terry Bradshaw recently took to the air to rip Rodgers to shreds, calling him out for lying.
“It would’ve been nice if Aaron came down to the naval academy and learned to be honest. Learned not to lie. Because that’s what you did, Aaron. You lied.”
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Howard Stern also joined in with the criticizm of Rodgers, saying the NFL should kick him out of the league.
“IF THERE WAS DECENCY IN THIS WORLD, I WOULD THROW THIS GUY OUT OF THE FOOTBALL LEAGUE SO FAST. WHAT HE DID TO HIS FELLOW TEAMMATES — AND BRAVO TERRY BRADSHAW FOR WHAT YOU SAID AND EVERYONE ELSE WHOSE GOT HALF A BRAIN IN THIS COUNTRY — BUT THIS F*CKING GUY, THEY SHOULD THROW HIM OUT OF THE LEAGUE SO FAST. … HE SAID HE GOT HIS INFORMATION FROM JOE ROGAN. YOU’VE GOT DOCTORS WHO GO TO MEDICAL SCHOOL — I DON’T KNOW WHAT’S HAPPENED TO THIS COUNTRY.”
One thing is for sure, Rodgers will be hoping this all blows over once he’s back playing football.