Guest Blogger Sequoia Cumming
On November 5, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers confirmed he is unvaccinated while appearing on The Pat McAfee Show. He also discussed that he has been treated unfairly by the media because of his decision to remain unvaccinated. After testing positive for COVID-19, Rodgers, who led Green Bay to a 7-1 record, did not play that following Sunday against Kansas City.
Rodgers did tell reporters back in August when asked if he was vaccinated, “Yeah, I’ve been immunized.” He told McAfee on Friday that he never lied to the media, and that they should’ve been clearer when asking questions and follow-up questions.
He also claimed he had been allergic to the vaccines (despite not receiving a medical exemption from the NFL) and that he followed protocol (despite previously doing maskless interviews with the media.)
Rodgers lied and felt the wound from his own sword. This could be a lesson towards media professionals when dealing with politics and athletes; be specific, ask as many questions as possible, but continue to tell the truth. A lesson for athletes as well is to tell the whole truth when answering questions, and to take the backlash as a learning experience.