Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers has revealed how he set about explaining his vaccination status leading into the famous August 2021 press conference where he told media he was ‘immunized.’
When asked by reporters at training camp last August if he’d received the COVID-19 injection, Rodgers described himself as ‘immunized.’
Reporters did not follow up and simply presumed he had received a vaccine, although Rodgers was simply to a doctor-prescribed therapeutic treatment.
Rodgers’ vaccination status came to the fore in November 2021 when he 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 NFL rules.
Thereby ensuing a public lashing from the woke mob and numerous media and political figures, including Terry Bradshaw and Howard Stern, among others.
During an appearance on The Joe Rogan podcast, Rodgers elucidated how he planned to present his status to the media.
Some suggest Rodgers deliberately misled the media, while others will argue that is a purely subjective, and flawed, assertion.
Aaron Rodgers joined Joe Rogan for a three-hour interview in which he elucidated his version of events surrounding the admission that he was ‘immunized’ rather than ‘vaccinated’
The NFL were aware of Rodgers’ status given the exemption he filed — and was ultimately denied — for.
‘So I’ve been ready the entire time for this question and had thought about how I wanted to answer it and I had come to the conclusion I’m going to say, I’ve been immunized,’ Rodgers told Rogan on his eponymous podcast.
‘And if there’s a follow up, then talk about my process, but thought there’s a possibility that I say I’m immunized, maybe they understand what that means.
‘Maybe they don’t, maybe they follow up. They didn’t follow up. So, then I go the season them thinking, some of them, that I was vaccinated, right, because the only follow up they asked was basically asking me to rip on my teammates, like, ‘what do you say to your teammates aren’t vaccinated?
Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers face an uncertain 2022 season without star receiver Davante Adams who was traded to the Las Vegas Raiders during the offseason
”Like what kind of example do you feel like you’re setting to your teammates are unvaccinated?’ I said ‘hey, it’s everybody’s own decision with their body.’
Rodgers was castigated by large segments of the media suggesting his decision was selfish and hindered the Packers franchise.
However, the reigning back-to-back MVP revealed those within the organization were wholly cognizant of his status and situation, which included an appeal for vaccine exemption with the league.
Rodgers’ appeal to the league dates back to the beginning of August 2021, according to the Packers’ No. 12.
Rodgers has won back-to-back MVPs, the first since Peyton Manning in 2008 and 2009
‘There’s a lot of talk about I endangered, my teammates, and, you know, I lied to my teammates and my team from day one that I returned, which was July 25, probably, of 2021,’ Rodgers said.
‘They knew where I was at, everybody did. Also, on the side, I would have an appeal going with the NFL. Because I said, Look, here’s my health issues. Here’s the protocol I went through.
‘Here’s the research behind him, gave them 500 pages of research, from a number of people that put together case review studies around homeopathy, and immunizations and safety in them, and then also the efficacy of them.’
‘And then I had a conversation with the league and the league said, this is when I knew that my appeal was definitely not going to happen.
The former University of California quarterback threw for 4,115 yards and 37 TDs last season
‘Because they said ‘it’s not possible for a vaccinated player person to contract or transmit COVID If they’ve been vaccinated.’
‘And I said, ‘you gotta be kidding me, because I showed up and five people, non players, five people fully vaccinated are out with COVID. So what are you talking about?’
‘And he said, ‘you’re a conspiracy theorist,’ oh, boy. And I said, ‘no, I just think I’m a realist. I’m just looking at the facts here.’
In the aftermath of the initial scandal last year, Rodgers explained why he refused the vaccine.
‘I have an allergy to an ingredient that’s in the mRNA vaccines,’ he said on the Pat McAfee Show. ‘I found a long-term immunization protocol to protect myself and I’m very proud of the research that went into that.’
‘I believe strongly in body autonomy and the ability to make choices for your body —not to have to acquiesce to some woke culture or crazed group of individuals that say you have to do something.’
Joe Rogan has voiced his critiques of the vaccine, mandates and lockdowns but insisted in April 2021 that he is ‘not an anti-vax person.’
‘I said I believe they’re safe and I encourage many people to take them,’ Rogan said on his podcast.
‘My parents were vaccinated. I just said I don’t think if you’re a young healthy person you need it.’