Rodgers and Corona vaccination: I'm an athlete, not an activist

As a quarterback in the NFL, he can play as well as he wants in the future – Aaron Rodgers can probably make up for the fourth MVP title of his career after his

Rodgers and Corona vaccination: I'm an athlete, not an activist

As a quarterback in the NFL, he can play as well as he wants in the future – Aaron Rodgers can probably make up for the fourth MVP title of his career after his very personal corona vaccination debate. "I think that's a legitimate statement," the Green Bay Packers football coach said Tuesday. He laughed at the next appearance on the US talk show, in which he had only commented on Friday on why, contrary to the assumption, he is not vaccinated against the coronavirus. But all this is not so funny for him: Rodgers is at the center of a storm of indignation in the United States on the topic of vaccination.

The comments in the direction of the Super Bowl champion of 2011 are very sharply worded. This is probably also because many people in the USA feel deliberately deceived by Rodgers – or even lied to. Because in August, he had answered a reporter's question about his vaccination status: "Yes, I am immunized. ESPN commentator Stephen A. Smith, known for his polemic, recently even called the Packers playmaker, who has been voted the NFL's most valuable professional three times, a "national embarrassment" after his statements on the Pat McAfee Show.

Concerns about his ability to procreate

There Rodgers had justified his refusal to vaccinate with an allergy to an active ingredient in the mRNA vaccines. He is also concerned about his ability to procreate. Therefore, he uses homeopathic methods. There is no scientific evidence to date that vaccination could have any effect on a person's fertility.

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For the NFL, the whole situation is delicate. She has to put up with the accusation that she turned a blind eye to Rodgers and did not punish all violations of the corona regulations with the same strict punishment. The League knew he was unvaccinated, but did not respond to the public rule violations such as press conferences without a mask. It was only when Rodgers' positive corona test became public and was in a row with other positive cases in the team that there was an investigation.

Since Tuesday evening (local time), the penalty has been fixed: $ 300,000 for the Packers and $ 14,650 each for Rodgers and his teammate Allen Lazard, because they had attended the team's Halloween party as unvaccinated footballers.

Updated Date: 11 November 2021, 00:00

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