Greenbay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers said the NFL had “two classes of players” in the height of pandemic era COVID-19 measures.
The MVP explained the disparity between unvaccinated players and those who had been inoculated on a recent episode of “The Joe Rogan Experience.”
“There was a lot of public shaming that was attempted to coerce people to get vaccinated because not only are you wearing a yellow wristband, you’re the only ones wearing masks,” Rodgers began.
“There were clearly two classes of players at the facility – there was the unvaccinated and the vaccinated who had full privileges,” he continued. “They tested once every two weeks. They had full privileges. On the road, they could go out to dinner on the road, they could go to a concert in town, they could go to a comedy show that was in town, they could be at any place they wanted to.”
He also noted that telling the league that he was “immunized” was planned. “So I’ve been ready the entire time for this question, and had thought about how I wanted to answer it,” Rodgers explained. “And I had come to a conclusion as to what I’m gonna say, ‘I’ve been immunized.’ And if there’s a follow-up, then talk about my process.”
When they didn’t follow-up, the league believed he had had the jab, and officials tried to get him to rat out teammates that were unvaccinated.
“I said it’s everybody’s own decision with their body and we’re super healthy individuals, we take care of ourselves, we understand what goes on our bodies, and I don’t have any judgment on any decision that a guy makes,” he added.
When he did contract the virus, Rodgers recovered within 36 hours. “No one wanted to hear that,” he commented.
“No one wanted to hear that there was a way that you could get through it without being vaccinated and that you would recover very quickly,” Rodgers concluded. “No one would care. And they will come up with all sorts of reasons why you shouldn’t even say that.”