- The NFL fined the Green Bay Packers $300,000 and quarterback Aaron Rodgers $14,650 for violating the league’s COVID policies.
- On Tuesday, Rodgers appeared on The Pat McAfee Show and admitted that he misled people about his vaccination status.
- Packers wide receiver Alan Lazard was also fined $14,650 for violating NFL COVID rules.
The National Football League has fined the Green Bay Packers and their star quarterback Aaron Rodgers for violating COVID rules, the league confirmed to CNBC.
The NFL said it concluded its investigation Tuesday evening and notified the Packers of its $300,000 fine. Rodgers was fined $14,650 for attending a party without vaccination. Last month, a broadcast video Showing Rodgers without a mask with teammates at a Halloween party.
Packers wide Alan Lazard was also fined $14,650 for attending the party. In addition, the packers were warned that future COVID violations could result in the loss of draft picks.
Rodgers, 37, was criticized last week after it became public that he had not been vaccinated and tested positive for Covid last August despite telling reporters he was “immune”. He spoke to “The Pat McAfee Show” twice in less than a week to discuss criticism and the notion of misleading the public.
“I’ve made some comments that people might have thought were misleading,” Rodgers said on the show on Tuesday. “For anyone feeling misled by those comments, I take full responsibility for those comments.”
Rodgers said: “I stand by what I said and the reasons I made the decision” [not to get vaccinated], “But in the end,” he said, “I have to live up to who I am and what I am about. And I stand behind the things I said.”
Last Friday, Rodgers told the show that he “didn’t lie at the opening press conference” when he told members of the media that he had been immunized. He then dubbed the NFL’s COVID protocol a “witch hunt”.
Rodgers said the Packers were aware of his condition, and he followed the NFL’s COVID rules as a non-vaccinated player. But he did not wear a mask when speaking with vaccinated media members, a rule he said did not make sense.
He explained that the bypassing of Pfizer or Moderna Vaccines was due to allergies to some of the ingredients used in the vaccines. Rodgers said he is not “anti-vax, flat-Earth”, and defended his vaccination stance, with Dr. Quoting a quote from Martin Luther King Jr., he labeled himself a “critical thinker”.
Rodgers said he submitted 500 pages of research and used an unapproved drug, but never received NFL approval regarding his vaccination status. Therefore, the league considered Rodgers uneducated.
“It was my desire to immunize myself for what’s best for my body,” Rodgers said last week, noting that he took ivermectin, a drug that has been unfairly credited for COVID treatment. .
According to Food and Drug AdministrationIvermectin is used to treat parasitic worms in humans and animals. The agency notes that ivermectin should not be used for the prevention or treatment of COVID.
Despite their vaccination stance, sponsors have reacted differently.
State Farm is stuck by Rodgers and aired commercials featuring the Packers star over the past weekend during NFL games.
Then, the company told CNBC, “It would be inappropriate for us to comment on the status of Aaron’s vaccinations.” But State Farm changed that stance on Monday.
“Aaron Rodgers has been a great ambassador for our company over the past decade,” State Farm said in a statement. “We do not endorse certain statements made by them, but we do respect their right to have their individual perspective. We welcome our customers, employees, agents and brand ambassadors from all walks of life with different perspectives. on many issues. Our mission at State Farm is to support safe, strong communities. To this end, we encourage vaccination, but respect everyone’s right to make a choice based on their individual circumstances. “
A day after Rodgers’ comments, Previa Health, a Wisconsin health care company, closed the deal With the NFL quarterback. There was a sponsorship deal between the parties since 2012. Rodgers earned $9 million in total endorsements, according to Forbes,
In a survey by research company morning consultation, favorable views about Rodgers fell to 30% among US adults from 41% last December. In addition, 59% of adults endorsed a negative perception of brands that are associated with an endorser who lied about the status of the vaccine.
Rodgers may be allowed a return for the Packers’ Week 10 game against the Seattle Seahawks.
The Packers lost to the Kansas City Chiefs, 13-7, in Week 9. Packers quarterback Jordan Love finished the game, completing 34 of 19 passes, 190 yards, one touchdown, and one interception.
“I am proud of Jordan and the way he fought,” Rodgers said.