Aaron Rodgers tells Joe Rogan he deliberately misled public final yr about COVID vaccination standing
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has lastly admitted publicly that he purposely mislead the media and public final yr about his COVID-19 vaccination standing.
After first making use of for an exemption from the NFL’s inoculation requirement final yr, Rodgers instructed podcaster Joe Rogan Saturday, he deliberately gave a obscure, deceptive reply to queries about whether or not he had acquired the pictures. He had additionally requested approval of an alternative homeopathic immunization process, based on USA Today, which was not accredited.
“I’d been ready the entire time for this question, and had thought about how I wanted to answer it,” he mentioned on “The Joe Rogan Experience” podcast. “And I had come to the conclusion I’m gonna say, ‘I’ve been immunized.’ And if there’s a follow-up, then talk about my process.”
There was no follow-up, although.
“But, (I) thought there’s a possibility that I say, ‘I’m immunized,’ maybe they understand what that means, maybe they don’t,” he continued. “Maybe they follow up. They didn’t follow up. So then I go the season them thinking, some of them, that I was vaccinated.”
Last November after declaring himself “immunized,” Rodgers continued to sow confusion by showing at press conferences maskless, which gamers needed to be vaccinated so as to do. He was later fined for attending a Halloween occasion with vaccinated teammates.
Rodgers didn’t appropriate the misperception till he caught COVID final November. Accusations of lying flew from quite a few quarters, together with tv sports activities analyst and former NFL star Terry Bradshaw.
“I’d give Aaron Rodgers some advice,” Bradshaw mentioned on the time, based on People. “It would have been nice if he’d just come to the Naval Academy and learned how to be honest. Learned not to lie. Because that’s what you did, Aaron. You lied to everyone.”
In his protection Rodgers first slammed the NFL, media and “cancel culture” and claimed he was allergic to one of many vaccine’s substances. When that didn’t work, he declared himself “an athlete, not an activist.”
On prime of that, he consulted Rogan about different treatments, which got here out across the time Sirius XM host Howard Stern known as him a “f—ing selfish pr—k” and instructed him to speak to Rogan subsequent time he wanted a physician on the sphere, and swore he would have fired Rodgers if it have been as much as him.
On “The Pat McAfee Show” after his COVID prognosis, Rodgers sort of apologized.
“I made some comments that people might have felt were misleading,” he mentioned final November. “To anybody who felt misled by those comments, I take full responsibility for those comments.”
He didn’t provide an apology this time round, merely telling Rogan on Saturday that he knew again then that he knew his hedging would possibly finish badly.
“I knew at some point if I contracted COVID or if word got out, because it’s the NFL and there’s leaks everywhere, it was possible I’d have to answer the questions,” he mentioned of the presumed follow-up he’d been anticipating. “And that’s when the (expletive) storm hit, because now I’m a liar, I’m endangering the community, my teammates, all these people. And the, you know, attempted takedown of me and, you know, my word and my integrity began.”