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Aaron Rodgers loses longtime sponsor over vaccine statements

Aaron Rodgers

Aaron Rodgers’ vaccine stance has cost him at least one longtime sponsor.

In a joint statement, Wisconsin-based health care organization Prevea Health said it would end its relationship with the Green Bay Packers quarterback. Rodgers has been a spokesperson for the organization since 2012.

While no explicit reason was given, Prevea’s statement pointedly says the group remains committed to “encouraging and helping all eligible populations to become vaccinated against COVID-19.”

The announcement comes one day after Rodgers did a lengthy interview on “The Pat McAfee Show” explaining his decision not to get vaccinated, criticizing a “woke mob” for going after his vaccination status. Rodgers also made a number of statements that are counter to the mainstream views regarding COVID-19 and the COVID-19 vaccine. His comments were enough to make a partnership with a health care organization that actively promotes vaccination an untenable one.

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

Aaron Rodgers says Joe Rogan helped him with COVID-19 recovery

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Aaron Rodgers on Friday provided an update on his health as he recovers from COVID-19, and he credited Joe Rogan for suggesting a treatment plan that helped him feel better quickly.

In a lengthy interview with “The Pat McAfee Show,” Rodgers said he had symptoms from COVID-19 beginning the night before he tested positive, which was on Wednesday. He felt much better as of Friday. Rodgers says that was the result of taking medicines and supplements that Rogan has recommended for people who contract COVID.

“I consulted with a now good friend of mine, Joe Rogan, after he got COVID,” Rodgers said. “I’ve been doing a lot of the stuff that he recommended in his podcasts and on the phone to me. I’m gonna have the best immunity possible now based on the 2.5 million-person study from Israel that (stated) people who get COVID and recovered have the most robust immunity.”

Rodgers revealed that he has taken Ivermectin, which is an anti-parasite medication that the FDA has said is not approved for treating COVID. Rogan touted the effectiveness of the drug when he had COVID back in September. Rogan threatened to sue CNN after the network’s anchors said Rogan was suggesting people with COVID should take horse medication. Higher doses of Ivermectin have been used to treat horses and other animals for parasites.

Rodgers said he also took Hydroxychloroquine and supplements including zinc, vitamin D and vitamin C. He claimed he feels “pretty incredible” as a result.

The appearance on McAfee’s show led to even more criticism for Rodgers. The reining NFL MVP also offered several reasons for why he chose not to get vaccinated.

Aaron Rodgers offers explanation for not getting COVID-19 vaccine

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Aaron Rodgers is away from the Green Bay Packers after he tested positive for COVID-19, and the star quarterback has faced a lot of criticism this week for seemingly misleading people about his vaccination status. He opened up about the situation on Friday.

Rodgers appeared on “The Pat McAfee Show” and immediately went after “the woke mob,” which he has done in the past. He said the goal of the media is to shame and out people who have not gotten the COVID-19 vaccine but that he has several reasons for not taking it. One of them is that he is allergic to ingredients in mRNA vaccines, which is the category that the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines fall under

“I’m not some sort of anti-vax, flat-earther. I’m somebody who is a critical thinker,” Rodgers said. “I march to the beat of my own drum. … Health is not a one-size-fits-all. For me, it involved a lot of study during the offseason. I met with a lot of different people in the medical field to get the most information about the vaccines without making a decision.”

Rodgers said taking the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which does not use mRNA, was not an option for him after the vaccine led to blood clotting in some people. The J&J vaccine was paused in April due to those issues.

Rodgers said he also opted against getting the vaccine because of concerns about how it might impact his fertility.

“The next great chapter in my life is being a father, and it’s something I care about a lot,” he said. “To my knowledge there’s been zero long-term studies around sterility or fertility issues with the vaccines. That was definitely something I was worried about.”

Reports stated that Rodgers petitioned the NFL to allow him to follow protocols for vaccinated players after he underwent a homeopathic treatment. Rodgers confirmed those reports and said he had an immunization treatment that has been used for hundreds of years for children and adults who cannot take vaccines. He did not go into detail about what the treatment entailed.

You can hear more of Rodgers’ comments below:

Rodgers said he had symptoms from COVID-19 the night before testing positive on Wednesday but already feels better. He credited Joe Rogan for suggesting treatments and supplements that helped him recover so quickly.

Though he is said to be furious that his vaccination status leaked, Rodgers obviously wanted to offer his side of the story.

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

Aaron Rodgers reportedly ‘furious’ his vaccination status was leaked

Aaron Rodgers

Aaron Rodgers intentionally created confusion during the preseason about whether he had gotten the COVID-19 vaccine, and the Green Bay Packers star is not happy that the confusion has been cleared up.

Rodgers will miss Sunday’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs after he tested positive for COVID-19. It has since been reported that he is not vaccinated, meaning he will have to remain away from the Packers for a minimum of 10 days. According to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, Rodgers is “furious” that his vaccination status was leaked.

It immediately became obvious that Rodgers was unvaccinated when reports said he would not play Sunday. Vaccinated players can potentially return to their respective teams if they produce two negative COVID-19 tests 24 hours apart. Since we knew Rodgers didn’t have that option, it became clear he is not vaccinated.

As Florio notes, Rodgers may be particularly angry that NFL Network reported he is unvaccinated. The league is not supposed to disclose the vaccination status of players. That said, there are many clues about who is vaccinated and who isn’t because of the different protocols that the two groups have to follow.

Rodgers, of course, ignored some of those protocols. He may have done so to conceal his vaccination status. The Packers are now facing scrutiny regarding whether Rodgers followed proper protocols for an unvaccinated player.

Rodgers was asked back in August if he has been vaccinated. He responded that he is “immunized,” and everyone took that to mean he got the COVID vaccine. We have since learned that he was referring to some sort of homeopathic treatment.

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

Did Aaron Rodgers violate league protocol by shooting State Farm commercial?

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Aaron Rodgers’ State Farm ads have long been a staple of the television airwaves. But it turns out they could now land him in some hot water.

Reddit user Dran_Arcana pointed out in a post on Thursday that there is a clause in the NFL’s COVID protocols this season that bars players who are not fully vaccinated from engaging in “social/media/marketing/sponsorship activities.” There are no such restrictions for fully vaccinated players.

After he tested positive for COVID this week, we know now that the Green Bay Packers quarterback Rodgers is not vaccinated. Instead, he asked the league to count an “alternative treatment” he underwent as vaccination, a request that was ultimately denied. That means that Rodgers would have had to continue following protocols for unvaccinated players.

The problem is that Rodgers recently appeared in a new commercial for State Farm. The commercial, which was released in early October, featured the reigning MVP serving as a game show host and asking contestants about “The Rodgers Rate.” Take a look.

Though it is unclear when Rodgers filmed the ad, the NFL season began in mid-September. Thus, on top of missing a minimum of ten days (including Sunday’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs), Rodgers could also be facing a fine from the NFL for shooting the commercial. Hopefully State Farm’s insurance covers that too.

H/T The Big Lead

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

Jay Williams blasts Stephen A. Smith over Aaron Rodgers comments

Stephen A. Smith

Stephen A. Smith was critical of Aaron Rodgers on Thursday for the way the star quarterback misled people about his vaccination status, but Jay Williams was not satisfied with his colleague’s delivery.

During Thursday’s edition of “First Take,” Smith called Rodgers a liar and criticized him for violating the NFL’s COVID-19 protocols for unvaccinated players. He also said Rodgers’ deception hurts his credibility in other areas. You can hear the comments below:

A lot of people were surprised that Smith, who is a big Rodgers fan, came down on the reigning NFL MVP so hard. Williams felt differently. He unloaded on Smith for the way Smith ripped Kyrie Irving for not getting vaccinated compared to how Smith spoke about Rodgers.

Williams seemed to be reaching a bit. Smith is right that it was natural for him to be less animated about Rodgers since those he was discussing the subject with agreed with him. That wasn’t the case when he ripped Irving a few weeks back. Williams defended Irving’s decision to not get vaccinated, which led to a heated debate between him and Smith. You can see that video here.

Of course, the idea of “First Take” is for Smith to argue with his co-hosts. Williams was just doing his part.

Rodgers tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday and will miss Sunday’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs. He was asked over the summer if he is vaccinated, and he said he has been “immunized.” We’ve since learned that he was referring to a homeopathic treatment he received.

Aaron Rodgers’ positive COVID test leads to scrutiny of Packers

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The Green Bay Packers are facing scrutiny from the NFL over whether they followed league COVID protocols in light of Aaron Rodgers’ positive test.

Rodgers will miss this week’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs, as his positive test came with the revelation that he is unvaccinated. Rodgers had underwent some sort of “alternate treatment” during the offseason but the NFL did not recognize him as a vaccinated player.

As an unvaccinated player, Rodgers would have been subject to stricter protocols, and it would have been the Packers’ responsibility to enforce them. Rodgers was observed on the sidelines during the preseason not wearing a mask, which would constitute a protocol breach. The NFL said in a statement Wednesday that the league would be reviewing whether the Packers have appropriately followed and enforced those protocols.

The NFL could come down fairly hard on Rodgers and the Packers if it finds multiple protocol violations. One organization actually lost draft picks last season due to repeated violations. Green Bay could be in line for a similar punishment if the league were to find similar repeated violations.

Aaron Rodgers asked NFL to count his ‘alternate treatment’ as vaccination

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Aaron Rodgers is out for a minimum of 10 days after he tested positive for COVID-19, as the Green Bay Packers star has not been vaccinated against the virus. If he had his way, however, Rodgers would have been treated as vaccinated even without getting the shot.

According to ESPN’s Rob Demovsky, Rodgers petitioned the NFL during the offseason to count him as vaccinated after he underwent an “alternate treatment.” Rodgers reportedly had a lengthy back and forth with the league before his request was ultimately denied.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Network said on “The Pat McAfee Show” Wednesday that Rodgers underwent a “homeopathic or holistic immunization treatment.” He was hopeful that treatment would be enough for the NFL to grant him vaccinated status. It was not. Here’s more from Rapoport:

A reporter asked Rodgers in August if he is vaccinated, to which the 37-year-old responded that he is “immunized.” While the reporter was obviously asking about the COVID-19 vaccine, he did not specify. Most people took Rodgers’ response to mean he had received the COVID-19 vaccine, but he obviously did not. You can see a video of the exchange here.

Rodgers will miss Sunday’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs. He is not eligible to return until Saturday, Nov. 13, which means he may have to sit out when the Packers take on the Seattle Seahawks in Week 10 as well.

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

Is Aaron Rodgers vaccinated? QB may have misled about vaccination status

Aaron Rodgers

Aaron Rodgers will not be eligible to play in Sunday’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs, as the Green Bay Packers star has tested positive for COVID-19. According to one report, he would have had a chance at being cleared if he were vaccinated.

Rodgers has not gotten the COVID-19 vaccine, according to Mike Garafolo and Ian Rapoport of NFL Media. Unvaccinated players are automatically out for 10 days if they test positive. Vaccinated players are eligible to return if they have two negative tests 24 hours apart and are not experiencing symptoms.

Rodgers was asked over the summer whether he was vaccinated. He never made 100 percent clear whether he was, only opting to say he was “immunized” and that he wouldn’t judge those who are not vaccinated.

“I’m not going to judge those guys,” Rodgers said at the time. “There’s guys that have been vaccinated that have contracted COVID, so it’s an interesting issue that I think we’re going to see played out the entire season.”

It’s worth noting that the reporter did not specifically ask if Rodgers has been vaccinated against COVID-19. The question was whether Rodgers has been vaccinated, and he said “I’ve been immunized.” Here’s a video of the exchange:

According to reports, Rodgers underwent some sort of holistic immunization treatment during the offseason. He petitioned the NFL to grant him vaccinated status because of the treatment, but the request was denied.

Some players have chosen to remain private about their vaccination status, and you can understand why. There are many people with strong opinions about the COVID-19 vaccine. Those who choose not to get vaccinated have been shamed by the sports media, on social networks and elsewhere. The topic is very polarizing, and many athletes have chosen to steer clear of it.

Rodgers recently spoke out against what he called “woke cancel culture.” You can listen to his thoughts on that topic here.

Nevertheless, a positive test on Wednesday means Rodgers will not be eligible to return until Saturday, Nov. 13 at the earliest. If he isn’t cleared by then, he will also be in danger of missing Green Bay’s Week 10 game against the Seattle Seahawks.

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

Aaron Rodgers will not face Chiefs after positive COVID-19 test

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The Green Bay Packers have been dealing with some COVID-19 issues over the past two weeks, and the impact will be even more drastic for them in Week 9.

Aaron Rodgers has tested positive for COVID-19 and will not play against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports. Jordan Love will start in his place.

That is obviously terrible news for both the Packers and NFL fans. Rodgers and Patrick Mahomes are two of the biggest draws in sports, which is why their Week 9 showdown was one of the most highly anticipated matchups of the season.

Rodgers is not vaccinated, despite some confusion over his vaccination status before the season. That means he will miss a minimum of 10 days per NFL protocols.

The Packers were without top wide receivers Davante Adams and Allen Lazard last week after both landed on the reserve/COVID-19 list. They still managed to pull off a 24-21 upset win over the Arizona Cardinals, but obviously they face an even bigger challenge this week without Rodgers.

Rodgers has played at an MVP-caliber level again this season. He has 1,894 yards with 17 touchdowns and just three interceptions — two of which came in Green Bay’s blowout loss in their season opener. Love, whom the Packers drafted in the first round last year, will make his first career NFL start on Sunday.