Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers continues to face vaccination questions – both serious and otherwise.
The reigning two-time NFL MVP was asked about his controversial decision to forgo the COVID-19 and the ensuing controversy during a recent sit-down interview with the Barstool Sports podcast, Pardon My Take.
‘How many people do you think you killed? What’s your count?’ joked Eric Sollenberger, who goes by his comedic social media identity, PFT Commenter.
‘How many grandmothers?’ asked co-host Dan ‘Big Cat’ Katz. ‘Let’s just do grandmothers.’
Rodgers didn’t appear to be upset with Katz or Sollenberger, but chided the pair for their line of questioning, nonetheless.
‘I mean, I know you guys are f***ing around but I don’t find that part funny,’ Rodgers said. ‘I really don’t.’
‘Oh s***,’ Katz then whispered under his breath.
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers got very quiet during a Barstool Sports interview when he was asked how many people died as a result of his refusal to get vaccinated
The reigning two-time NFL MVP was asked about his controversial decision to forgo the COVID-19 and the ensuing controversy during a recent sit-down interview with the Barstool Sports podcast, Pardon My Take
The controversy began before the 2021 season, when Rodgers was asked if he was vaccinated, and instead told reporters that he was ‘immunized’ against COVID-19.
What Rodgers didn’t explain at the time was that he did not receiver the vaccination, but rather, a doctor-prescribed therapeutic treatment aimed at bolstering his resistance to the virus.
That meaningful distinction was clarified in November, when Rodgers tested positive for coronavirus and was subsequently required to quarantine for 10 days — the minimum amount of time an unvaccinated player is asked to quarantine, per league rules at the time (the NFL has since reduced quarantine time).
After initially blaming the media and the ‘woke mob’ for the misunderstanding, Rodgers told radio host and former NFL punter Pat McAfee on November 9 that he wanted to apologize ‘to anybody who felt misled.’ He also said he combatted his COVID-19 infection with recommendations from podcaster, friend, and notorious vaccine skeptic, Joe Rogan.
Eric Sollenberger (left), who goes by his comedic social media identity, PFT Commenter, is pictured alongside Dan Katz (right), who goes by ‘Big Cat’
Rodgers missed only one game due to the infection, but has been at war with reporters over a variety of issues ever since, while continuing to share his skepticism over the vaccine.
Katz and Sollenberger can hardly be described as reporters, but the pair did poke fun Rodgers’ eventful 2022, including his tattoo and a recent revelation that he took a hallucinogenic drug trip in Peru.
Green Bay Packers’ Aaron Rodgers gestures during a training camp session on July 30
The pair also asked Rodgers how he tries to portray himself in the media.
‘I just — I think in general, I’d like to present myself how I see myself,’ Rodgers said. ‘So unapologetically authentic, you know? You like me or don’t like me, that’s not my concern at this point. You know, my concern is just speaking the truth and you know, people say, ‘Oh, immunization, vaccination!”
Katz interrupted at that point, admitting that he was one of the social media users who teased Rodgers’ over the misunderstanding of his vaccination status.
‘Yeah, I did,’ Katz said. ‘I said that a lot.’
Rodgers, who is known to read his own media coverage, replied: ‘Yeah, you did.’
Katz continued: ‘It actually is one of my favorite things I was able to do off of that whole immunization thing is tweet that you should be in jail
‘I would have people who’d get the joke and then there would be like a ton of people who’d be like, ‘Oh, you like — you think COVID is so real, he should be in jail.’ And it was just, my mentions would just be a mess!’
Rodgers added: ‘And probably a lot of people said, ”F***, yeah, put him in jail — Get that liar in jail.”’