Two days after testing positive for COVID-19 and being publicly chastised for misrepresenting his vaccination status, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers went on the record to explain his side of the story.
“I realize I’m in the crosshairs of the woke mob right now, so before my final nail gets put in my cancel culture casket, I think I’d like to set the record straight on so many of the blatant lies that are out there about myself right now,” Rodgers began on “The Pat McAfee Show.”
Rodgers was questioned by a member of the media in August if he had been vaccinated, and he responded that he had been “immunized.” Most assumed this meant he had got the vaccination, but Rodgers tested positive for the virus on Wednesday, forcing him to miss the Packers’ upcoming game against the Kansas City Chiefs.
“First of all, I didn’t lie in the initial press conference,” Rodgers said. “During that time, it was a witch hunt that was going on across the league where everybody in the media was so concerned about who was vaccinated and who wasn’t and what that meant … And at the time, my plan was to say that I had been immunized. It wasn’t some sort of ruse or lie. It was the truth.”
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Rodgers went on to discuss how he isn’t an “anti-vaxx flat earther,” but a “critical thinker” and that he believes in “bodily autonomy.”
“Not to have to acquiesce to some woke culture or crazed group of individuals who say you have to do something,” Rodgers said. “Health is not a one-size-fits-all for everybody.”
Rodgers said that he learned that he has an allergy to an ingredient in the mRNA vaccines and that he was not comfortable taking the Johnson & Johnson vaccine due to some people having bad reactions to the J&J shot.
Rodgers said that he does not believe that he should have to wear a mask in a room of fully vaccinated individuals.
“Some of the rules, to me, are not based in science at all. They’re based purely in trying to out and shame people, like needing to wear a mask at a podium when every person in the room is vaccinated and wearing a mask – makes no sense to me,” Rodgers said. “If you got vaccinated to protect yourself from a virus that I don’t have as an unvaccinated individual, then why are you worried about anything I could give you?”
“I have followed every single protocol to a T – minus that one I just mentioned which makes absolutely no sense to me.”