Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers slammed what he is calling a two-class system created to divide the vaccinated and unvaccinated in America.
On his weekly appearance on “The Pat McAfee Show,” Rodgers once again slammed how the NFL has handled COVID-19 as the mild Omicron variant has heavily impacted the locker rooms, as well as society’s apparent unwillingness to discuss treatment options for those who have tested positive for the virus.
“The league has adjusted some of the policies already,” Rodgers said. “What I don’t understand though — it makes no sense to me — is to continue to spread this narrative that non-vaccinated players are either more dangerous or superspreaders. Which obviously has been proven to not be true.”
“I was talking with one of our coaches a couple days ago about two years ago, when the flu hit the league kind of hard. It hit us hard,” Rodgers continued.
“We had over 20 guys I believe that had the flu at one point. During that time, those guys stayed home or stayed away from people. And if they were able to play — if their symptoms receded enough — they played in the game. And those that didn’t stayed away. You were smart about it, and you reported symptoms when you had symptoms, but it seems like this variant is very similar to the flu that we experienced a couple years ago. So why are we still having this two-class system and pushing this narrative … There’s not many unvaccinated guys left in the league…It’s obviously not a pandemic of the unvaxxed.”
Tuesday night, the NFL shortened the isolation time for players who test positive for the virus from 10 days to five, regardless of vaccination status.
However, vaccinated players displaying no symptoms of COVID-19 are now tested less frequently, while unvaccinated players are still required to test on a daily basis.
“Vaccinated people are testing positive, and non-vaccinated people are testing positive too. I don’t understand why there’s still this two-class system. It doesn’t make sense to me. Because we’re still punishing non-vaxxed people when the majority of the teams are mostly vaccinated. One’s that are 100% vaccinated are still having major cases, and it’s across all sports,” Rodgers said.
Rodgers also questioned why COVID-19 treatments are never discussed in society. After testing positive for COVID-19 in November Rodgers revealed that he was unvaccinated and shared his treatment plan with McAfee, which included advice from podcast host Joe Rogan.
“How come in a league where we’re seeing with 51 guys on the [COVID-19] list yesterday, there’s still zero conversation — at least publicly — around treatment options for people that test positive?”
NFL Network reported that 106 players tested positive for COVID-19 the day prior on Monday alone.
Rodgers went on to say that many NFL teams are recommending and using many of the same treatments he used to get rid of the COVID-19 symptoms he experienced.
“If science can’t be questioned it’s not science anymore, it’s propaganda,” Rodgers said.
McAfee asked Rodgers about being attacked for sharing his thoughts on COVID-19, to which Rodgers questioned why we’re no longer allowed to have a “healthy dialogue” anymore.
“When did we lose the ability to respect somebody’s opinion? My thoughts are just my own opinion on this matter,” Rodgers said. “Let’s have a healthy debate.”
“We might not change our thoughts, but we can’t have a healthy dialogue without name-calling and mudslinging?” he added.
Author: Blake Melvin