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Aaron Rodgers calls out California Governor Gavin Newsom

Aaron Rodgers

Aaron Rodgers has been openly critical of some coronavirus restrictions since the pandemic was declared last year, and the Green Bay Packers quarterback took another swipe at California Governor Gavin Newsom recently.

Rodgers was interviewed for an Instagram video for Zenith Watches last week when he mentioned how he has been trying to help small businesses that have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The former NFL MVP recently donated $1 million to businesses in and around his hometown of Chico, Calif. He mentioned the California lockdowns when speaking about that during the Zenith Watches interview.

“You know, we’re just trying to do our part and as we ease back into the training stuff in my professional life, I just want to make sure where I’m from and the area I’ve called home in the past are doing OK. … And California has really been hit hard by COVID and by the rules that the governor has put in place as well,” Rodgers said, as transcribed by Carlos Garcia of Blaze Media.

This isn’t the first time Rodgers has taken aim at Newsom and other government officials. He previously made a sizable donation to “The Barstool Fund,” which was started by Barstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy to help struggling small businesses. Rodgers praised Portnoy during one of his routine appearances on “The Pat McAfee Show” and ripped government officials for their hypocrisy.

“I mean, they put these rules in place … they’re not even following their own rules. How many people have gotten caught?” Rodgers asked. “(They say) don’t travel, don’t leave the state. Oh, here’s so-and-so on a vacation. Oh, here’s so-and-so at a salon. Don’t eat out at a restaurant unless you’re wearing a mask and separate. Oh, here’s a picture of the governor of California violating those rules. Oh, public schools are closed but I can send my kids to a private school in person. It’s like, I mean, for us to count on the government to help us out is becoming a joke at this point.”

Rodgers said early in the pandemic that he is not in favor of stay-at-home orders. Newsom was the first governor last year to order a full lockdown for his state, and many others followed suit.

Rodgers was also critical of the NFL last year for some of the league’s coronavirus protocols.

H/T Outkick

California governor Gavin Newsom weighs in on possible Pac-12 restart

Gavin Newsom

The Big Ten’s decision to resume play in October leaves the Pac-12 as the only major conference without a plan to play games this fall.

Earlier Wednesday after the Big Ten decision became official, Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott released a statement that said, in part, resuming the season was impossible due to state regulations in place in California and Oregon.

Later in the day, California Gov. Gavin Newsom seemingly disputed Scott’s statement, saying that there was nothing at the state level to stop the Pac-12 from returning to action.

Local guidelines apply here too, but it’s clear that pressure is ramping up on the Pac-12 to figure something out. That’s especially true when you consider how overwhelming the Big Ten vote was. Scott is making it clear, for now, that nothing is changing.

California governor Gavin Newsom doubts NFL season will start on time with fans

President Donald Trump wants to see the NFL season start on time with fans in the stands, but that desire is already getting pushback from a key state authority.

Trump said on a conference call with league commissioners Saturday that he believes the NFL should start its season on time in September, and hopes to have fans back in stadiums by that point. California governor Gavin Newsom, however, said he does not expect that to happen in his state, citing issues in Asia reopening businesses and sporting events.

Local authorities will have the final say on large events like this. We still don’t know where things will stand in late summer, but Trump’s belief about the NFL is clearly premature based on these comments. It’s no wonder that some analysts think that football season won’t go ahead as scheduled with comments like this.