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Video: Jamal Adams mocks Aaron Rodgers after interception

Jamal Adams taunts Packers fans

Jamal Adams recorded his first interception as a member of the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, and the star safety made the most of it with his celebration.

Adams picked off Aaron Rodgers in the end zone with Seattle trailing the Green Bay Packers 3-0. The three-time Pro Bowler celebrated by doing Rodgers’ trademark championship belt celebration. Adams also did the Lambeau Leap. Packers fans didn’t seem happy.

Rodgers is used to opponents mocking him with the belt celebration. He actually explained years ago why he likes when players on other teams do it. The move also tends to backfire, but Adams obviously wasn’t concerned about that.

Packers fans might point out that Adams has only one interception in the past two seasons. He should have had an easy one at a key moment earlier this year, but he botched it badly.

Report: NFL execs angry with league’s handling of Aaron Rodgers situation

Aaron Rodgers after a play

The NFL announced fines for both Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers this week after the quarterback violated COVID-19 protocols, and a lot of people around league reportedly feel the punishment did not fit the crime.

Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports was told by sources that NFL executives — including some within the league office — were unhappy that the disciplinary action against Rodgers and the Packers was not more harsh. Rodgers was fined $14,650 and the Packers were fined $300,000.

“Everyone’s reaction was pretty much the same. It’s a joke,” one high-ranking team official told La Canfora. “It’s the league taking care of (Packers team president) Mark Murphy. It’s not really a surprise, but it’s total BS.”

Even some within the league office reportedly believed Rodgers and the Packers received preferential treatment. At least one coach agreed.

“You think they would let us off like that if (that team’s quarterback) did that?” the coach asked. “No (expletive) way.”

The issue for many is that Rodgers admittedly violated COVID protocols on multiple occasions by not wearing a mask. However, since he was not disciplined before, he was not treated as a repeat offender. The NFL told Rodgers and the Packers that future violations could result in harsher punishment and potentially the loss of a draft pick.

The public learned last week that Rodgers was unvaccinated despite him giving off the perception that he was vaccinated. A misleading answer the quarterback gave to a question in August about his vaccination status led to the belief that he was vaccinated (more here). He also misled people about his vaccination status by not wearing masks in multiple situations, such as in press conferences, which were violations of the league’s protocol for players who have not received the COVID-19 vaccine.

Rodgers apologized on Tuesday for misleading people about his status.

Photo: Oct 28, 2021; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) reacts against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Aaron Rodgers to be activated, start vs. Seahawks

Aaron Rodgers gets ready to throw

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers missed last Sunday’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs, but will return in Week 10.

NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reports that Rodgers will be activated from the Reserve/COVID-19 list and subsequently start against the Seattle Seahawks. Jordan Love will serve as Rodgers’ backup.

Rodgers, who previously stated that he was “immunized,” tested positive for COVID-19 on November 3. He was immediately isolated from the team and remained away from Lambeau Field until Saturday.

Despite not practicing for 10 days, Packers head coach Matt LaFleur expressed his confidence in Rodgers.

“Had a lot of conversations with Aaron in that regard as to what he needs to be ready to go,” LaFleur said, via ESPN. “It wouldn’t be the first time in his career that he hadn’t practiced an entire week and gone on and played a game. So as long as he’s confident with what we’re doing with him, then we’ll see where he’s at.”

Due to Rodgers misleading the league and its reporters over his vaccination status, he and the Packers were hit with hefty fines.

The 37-year-old Rodgers has since apologized for his misleading comments and taken “full responsibility” for the problems they caused.

NFL announces punishment for Packers, Aaron Rodgers

Aaron Rodgers gets ready to throw

The NFL has decided on punishments for the Green Bay Packers and a few of their players over COVID-19 protocol violations.

The league fined the Packers $300,000. Aaron Rodgers and Allen Lazard were each fined $14,650.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter says the Packers were told that future violations could result in harsher discipline, such as a change to their draft position or loss of picks.

Rodgers missed the Packers’ game last weekend against the Kansas City Chiefs, while Lazard missed the team’s Week 8 game against the Chiefs. Both players are unvaccinated.

The public learned last week that Rodgers was unvaccinated despite giving off the public perception that he was vaccinated. A misleading answer the quarterback gave to a question in August about his vaccination status led to the belief that he was vaccinated (more here). He also misled people about his vaccination status by not wearing masks in multiple situations, such as in press conferences, which were violations of the league’s protocol for players who have not received the COVID-19 vaccine.

Rodgers apologized on Tuesday for misleading people about his status.

The NFL’s actions are likely intended to save face publicly. The league knew that Rodgers was not vaccinated and could see he was violating protocol by not wearing masks, but no fines were ever publicly announced until now since the issue became a huge topic of conversation.

Aaron Rodgers apologizes for misleading about his vaccination status

Aaron Rodgers gets ready to throw

Aaron Rodgers came out swinging at what he called the “woke mob” after he tested positive for COVID-19 last week, but the Green Bay Packers star is now expressing regret over the way he handled the situation.

Rodgers began his regular appearance on “The Pat McAfee Show” Tuesday by essentially apologizing for the “misleading” comments he made about his vaccination status over the summer.

Rodgers was then asked if he chose to address his previous comments because of the backlash he has faced over the past week. He said he respects that the topic of the pandemic is a “charging” one for a lot of people and that he understands public health is a serious issue.

There are a lot of people who are furious with Rodgers simply because he is unvaccinated. Rodgers took aim at those people last week and criticized the media for trying to out and shame those who have not gotten the COVID-19 vaccine.

Other people were bothered by how Rodgers answered a question about his vaccination status before the season. When asked if he was vaccinated, he responded that he is “immunized.” It turns out he was referring to a homeopathic treatment he underwent. Rodgers admitted to McAfee last week that he planned to respond that way when asked about his vaccination status. He knew the response would be a way to get people off his back without explicitly lying. That is what he expressed regret over on Tuesday.

Rodgers is obviously trying to get the focus back to football. He should be cleared from COVID-19 in time to face the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday. His Packers are 7-2 and one of the best teams in the NFC. The last thing they need is to be answering questions about Rodgers’ views on politics and public health.

If Rodgers needs someone to defend him, his fiancee Shailene Woodley proved with an animated social media rant (see it here) that she is willing to handle that.

Shailene Woodley unloads on report claiming Aaron Rodgers broke quarantine

Shailene Woodley

Aaron Rodgers has faced a great deal of backlash since he tested positive for COVID-19 last week, and the star quarterback’s fiancee has apparently heard enough.

Actress Shailene Woodley, Rodgers’ girlfriend, took to Instagram on Monday to defend the Green Bay Packers star against a report that claimed he went out for a cup of coffee when he should have been in quarantine. The Daily Mail published a photo on Monday night that claimed to show Rodgers violating NFL rules by leaving isolation. Woodley responded to the report with a vulgar rant on her Instagram story Tuesday.

Woodley provided a detailed breakdown of the photo of the gentleman, who she insists was not her boyfriend. She explained that Rodgers has much bigger feet and hairier hands than the man who was pictured. She criticized the media for “grasping at straws to disparage aaron.” You can see the screenshots below, but beware that they contain inappropriate language.

The Daily Mail has since removed the photo, which likely confirms that the man in it was not Rodgers. That also means some random guy who was just out getting coffee got picked apart by a famous actress for no reason.

Rodgers has been accused of misleading people about his vaccination status. He said over the summer that he was “immunized,” which most took to mean he has received the COVID vaccine. However, the 37-year-old was referring to a homeopathic treatment he underwent.

Woodley and Rodgers began dating near the start of the pandemic last year and were engaged shortly after. They spent time together in Hawaii while Rodgers was holding out in Green Bay.

Will Aaron Rodgers be cleared from COVID in time to face Seahawks?

Aaron Rodgers

Aaron Rodgers will not be eligible to return to work until Saturday after he tested positive for COVID-19 last Wednesday. That has put his status for Sunday’s game against the Seattle Seahawks in doubt, but the star quarterback has a good chance of being cleared.

As NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero explained, Rodgers does not have to produce a negative COVID test to be cleared to return. He just has to be symptom-free after the 10-day isolation period and get the green light from a team physician.

There has been some confusion about whether Rodgers has to produce a negative test. People who test positive for COVID-19 can continue to test positive for months after they have symptoms, which is why the NFL cannot base a player’s status strictly on a positive test.

If what Rodgers said on “The Pat McAfee Show” last week is true, he should be on track to face the Seahawks. The Green Bay Packers star said he recovered quickly from his symptoms thanks to treatment advice he received from Joe Rogan. As long as Rodgers is not experiencing symptoms, the Packers should have him back for a key NFC showdown.

State Farm backs Aaron Rodgers over vaccine matter

Aaron Rodgers after a play

Aaron Rodgers has faced a great deal of criticism over the past week for his stance on the COVID-19 vaccine, but one of the quarterback’s biggest endorsers is standing behind him amid the backlash.

A spokesperson for State Farm told USA Today’s Christine Brennan on Monday that the insurance company supports Rodgers’ right to have his own opinions and point of view. While State Farm distanced itself from some of the concerns Rodgers expressed about the COVID vaccine, they said they respect the right people have to make a personal choice.

“Aaron Rodgers has been a great ambassador for our company for much of the past decade,” the spokesperson said. “We don’t support some of the statements that he has made, but we respect his right to have his own personal point of view. We recognize our customers, employees, agents and brand ambassadors come from all walks of life, with differing viewpoints on many issues. Our mission at State Farm is to support safer, stronger communities. To that end, we encourage vaccinations, but respect everyone’s right to make a choice based on their personal circumstances.”

The statement may support Rodgers, but the company’s actions seem to tell a different story. Data that was collected over the weekend showed that State Farm dramatically reduced the number of advertisements it ran on Sunday featuring Rodgers. There were far fewer national State Farm ads featuring the Green Bay Packers star than the previous two NFL Sundays.

Rodgers has been accused of misleading people about his vaccination status. He said over the summer that he was “immunized,” which most took to mean he has received the COVID vaccine. However, the 37-year-old was referring to a homeopathic treatment he underwent.

Rodgers, who tested positive for COVID on Wednesday, spoke out against the “woke mob” during an appearance “The Pat McAfee Show.” He was highly critical of the media and said health is a personal choice. Many have taken him to task over that and his admission to violating some of the NFL’s COVID protocols. In fact, he may have violated those protocols by filming a commercial for State Farm.

Photo: Oct 28, 2021; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) reacts against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

State Farm cuts down on Aaron Rodgers commercials

Aaron Rodgers

Aaron Rodgers has faced a great deal of criticism over the past week for his thoughts on COVID-19 vaccination, and it is fair to wonder if there will be financial backlash as well.

According to Darren Rovell of Action Network, data shows that Rodgers’ most prominent sponsor, State Farm, may have dramatically reduced the amount of commercials featuring the Green Bay Packers star over the weekend. Apex Monitoring, which tracks national media and branding, found that State Farm ads featuring Rodgers made up roughly 25 percent of the ads run by the company on Sunday, Oct. 24 and Sunday, Oct. 31. That number dropped to below 2 percent this past Sunday.

The data shows that a total of 394 national State Farm ads were run on Sunday. Of those, only six — or 1.5 percent — featured Rodgers. Apex president Eric Smallwood explained why he believes the decrease was a reaction to negative news surrounding Rodgers.

“It appears that State Farm has reduced the number of national spots, dropping off considerably as of Friday,” Smallwood said. “Our monitoring indicates that this wasn’t a planned reduction and more reactionary because there wasn’t any new significant ads put in its place.”

The dip almost certainly is not a coincidence. Rodgers has been accused of misleading people about his vaccination status. He said over the summer that he was “immunized,” which most took to mean he has received the COVID vaccine. However, the 37-year-old was referring to a homeopathic treatment he underwent.

Rodgers, who tested positive for COVID on Wednesday, spoke out against the “woke mob” during an appearance “The Pat McAfee Show.” He was highly critical of the media and said health is a personal choice. Many have taken him to task over that and his admission to violating some of the NFL’s COVID protocols. In fact, he may have violated those protocols by filming a commercial for State Farm.

Photo: Jan 19, 2020; Santa Clara, California, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) reacts following the loss against the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship Game at Levi’s Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Could NFL suspend Aaron Rodgers for COVID protocol violations?

Aaron Rodgers after a play

Aaron Rodgers has violated the NFL’s COVID-19 protocols on multiple occasions this season. Some have wondered if that could lead to a potential suspension from the league, but Rodgers has not gotten to that point just yet.

The rules that were agreed upon by the NFL and NFL Players Association state that players can be suspended without pay for up to four weeks for repeat violations of COVID-19 protocols. Rodgers, who is not vaccinated, admitted on “The Pat McAfee Show” this week that he has violated protocol by not wearing a mask during press conferences. He has also been spotted without a mask in other settings in which unvaccinated players are supposed to wear them.

While Rodgers has committed violations on multiple occasions, he is not considered a repeat offender. Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk was told by the NFL that a repeat violation occurs when a player has already been disciplined previously. Rodgers has not, but he likely will be in the near future. Multiple reports have indicated that the NFL is expected to fine the Green Bay Packers star.

Rodgers petitioned the NFL to treat him as vaccinated after he underwent a homeopathic treatment during the offseason, but the league declined. He offered an explanation this week for why he did not get the COVID-19 vaccine and blasted the media for trying to shame people over their vaccination status.

Photo: Oct 28, 2021; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) reacts against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports