Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers found himself embroiled in controversy this week after testing positive for COVID-19.
As a result of the positive test, it emerged that he had never actually gotten vaccinated – despite many believing that he had. The reason why folks were under the impression that he was vaccinated is because he had previously suggested he was “immunized,” which was obviously misinterpreted as confirmation that he had gotten his shots.
On Friday, Rodgers appeared on Pat McAfee’s radio show and attempted to clear the air.
“First of all, I didn’t lie in the initial press conference,” Rodgers said. “During that time, it was a witch hunt that was going on across the league, where everybody in the media was so concerned about who was vaccinated and who wasn’t and what that meant and who was being selfish and who would talk about it, what it meant if they said it’s a personal decision and they shouldn’t have to disclose their own medical information.
“And at the time, my plan was to say that I have been immunized. It wasn’t some sort of ruse or lie. It was the truth, and I’ll get into the whole immunization in a second. But had there been a follow-up to my statement that I’ve been immunized, I would have responded with this: I would have said, ‘Look, I’m not some sort of anti-vax, flat-Earther. I am somebody who’s a critical thinker.’”
Shortly thereafter, Rodgers’ fiancée Shailene Woodley shared this message as an Instagram story:
“Calm Seas May Bring You Peace, But Storms Are Where You’ll Find Your Power,” the quote read.
Obviously people will interpret what precisely it means on their own.
Larsa Pippen went all out for Halloween. https://t.co/vMOVoVhhyG
— Game 7 (@game7__) October 31, 2021
Woodley and Rodgers’ relationship is a fascinating one. From the weird (and arguably shady) way they got together to the odd method by which they got engaged, it has been one strange turn after another for this duo. This is just par for the course.
Rodgers will now miss at least 10 days no matter what. Even if he records a negative COVID test, the soonest he can return to the field is for his team’s showdown against the Seattle Seahawks on Nov. 14.
A longtime sports reporter, Carlos Garcia has written about some of the biggest and most notable athletic events of the last 5 years. He has been credentialed to cover MLS, NBA and MLB games all over the United States. His work has been published on Fox Sports, Bleacher Report, AOL and the Washington Post.