He lied about the vaccine. The NFL fines Aaron Rodgers and his Packers

“I’m immunized,” said the MVP of last season at the beginning of the season. Instead he had not been vaccinated, but only underwent a homeopathic treatment. And the controversy rages in the US

Finally the NFL has woken up. Out of its hibernation, perhaps due to public protests on the deafening silence of commissioner Roger Goodell at the news of Aaron Rodgers’ false statements about his lack of vaccination against Covid. The pro league of US football has finally fined the Green Bay Packers $ 300,000 and quarterback and teammate Allen Lazard $ 14,650.

Both have in fact violated the anti-contagion rules, not having worn the mask during press conferences and having participated in a Halloween party (it is forbidden to be in groups of more than 3 people if you are not vaccinated). In addition, the cameras inside the Packers’ training center filmed him several times without a mask. The figure, very modest if we think that Aaron for the 2021 season will pocket about 25 million euros in salary alone, was agreed between the NFL and the players association before the start of the championship.

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Rodgers in the middle of last week had announced his positivity, thus having to admit that he had never received any type of vaccine. At the beginning of the season he had actually lied to the press, or at least given an answer that made everyone believe he was vaccinated: “Yes, I’m immunized,” he said. Vague term. Now he explained, using the usual no vax rhetoric, while not declaring himself as such: “Nobody can tell me what to inject into my body. I used homeopathic treatments to strengthen my immune system ”. In an interview released in recent days, he then insisted, citing (incorrectly) even Martin Luther King, which was not taken well by African Americans: “I would like to add one thing: as the great Mlk said, we have a moral obligation to rebel against unjust rules that have no logic ”. The press heavily attacked him: “He is selfish, self-centered and arrogant. He thinks that the world revolves around him and that the rules apply only to others ”wrote Usa Today (which also dismantled its inaccurate statements on the vaccine sentence by sentence), an opinion shared by the vast majority of the US media.

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Obviously now Rodgers has become the champion of Trumpiani, no mask and no vax of America, the majority of whom reside in the southern states and not in Wisconsin, which has been a democratic for years even if with figures very close to 50-50. While the “dem” are demonizing him. “I know well that now my stance will be politicized – said Rodgers – but I don’t give a damn. I don’t do it for that, it’s not my goal ”. On the pitch, without last season’s MVP, the Packers lost at the Kansas City Chiefs, with his replacement, Jordan Love, a fish out of water. In the summer Rodgers had argued with the management, even threatening to retire, before showing up at the training camp. During the first press conference he had shot zero on the franchise: “Do you think free agents come here because they like the city or the climate? No, they come to play with me ”. Meanwhile, Prevea Health, a Wisconsin healthcare company, has terminated the contract it had with Rodgers. We’ll see if, given the collapse in popularity, other sponsors will follow. The quarterback will have to remain stationary until Saturday. If by that day the swabs he undergoes are all negative, theoretically (but also in practice given how the team went without him …) he could return to the field on Sunday against Seattle.

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He lied about the vaccine. The NFL fines Aaron Rodgers and his Packers

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