Green Bay Packers signal-caller Aaron Rodgers is once again speaking out against the “woke mob” after being diagnosed with COVID-19 and being dragged by critics for allegedly misleading people about his unvaccinated status.
“I realize I’m in the crosshairs of the woke mob right now, so before my final nail gets put in my cancel culture casket, I think I’d like to set the record straight on so many of the blatant lies that are out there about myself right now,” Rodgers noted during an interview on the “The Pat McAfee Show.”
The quarterback was asked by a member of th media in August if had been vaccinated, to which he responded that he was “immunized.” Most took that to mean he had been vaccinated but Rodgers tested positive for the virus Wednesday, which is causing him to have to sit out this weekend’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs.
“First of all, I didn’t lie in the initial press conference,” Rodgers told McAfee. “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 at the time, my plan was to say that I had been immunized. It wasn’t some sort of ruse or lie. It was the truth,” he said.
Rodgers noted further that he isn’t an “anti-vaxx flat earther,” but a “critical thinker” and that he believes in “bodily autonomy.”
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“Not to have to acquiesce to some woke culture or crazed group of individuals who say you have to do something,” Rodgers added. “Health is not a one-size-fits-all for everybody.”
The Daily Wire noted further:
Rodgers said that he learned that he has an allergy to an ingredient in the mRNA vaccines and that he was not comfortable taking the Johnson & Johnson vaccine due to some people having bad reactions to the J&J shot.
He decided to go an alternative route and that the NFL was aware of it. He petitioned the NFL to accept his immunization status and was denied.
When the media found out that Rodgers was unvaccinated, they immediately jumped on the fact that Rodgers was not masked during his press conferences with the media.
Rodgers said that he does not believe that he should have to wear a mask in a room of fully vaccinated individuals.
“Some of the rules, to me, are not based in science at all. They’re based purely in trying to out and shame people, like needing to wear a mask at a podium when every person in the room is vaccinated and wearing a mask – makes no sense to me,” said the Packers QB.
“If you got vaccinated to protect yourself from a virus that I don’t have as an unvaccinated individual, then why are you worried about anything I could give you?”
“I have followed every single protocol to a T – minus that one I just mentioned which makes absolutely no sense to me,” he said, before noting that he was around vaccinated teammates when he tested positive and adding that he is the second non-vaccinated player to have done so.
“It’s pretty evident I tested positive being around a vaccinated individual,” Rodgers noted. “That’s the majority of people I spend time with.
“There’s been dozens of individuals that work at the facility that are vaxxed that have tested positive. So, this idea that it’s the pandemic of the unvaccinated is just a total lie,” he said.
Rodgers then discussed his current treatment of his symptoms, explaining that he is following advice of podcast host Joe Rogan.
“I consulted with a now good friend of mine Joe Rogan, after he got COVID, and I’ve been doing a lot of the stuff that he recommended in his podcasts and on the phone to me,” Rodgers added.
“I’m going to have the best immunity possible now based on the 2.5-million-person study from Israel that the people who get Covid and recover, have the most robust immunity,” he said.
“I’m thankful for people like Joe stepping up and using his voice. I’m thankful for my medical squad and I’m thankful for all the love and support I’ve gotten but I’ve been taking monoclonal antibodies, Ivermectin, zinc, vitamin C and DHCQ. And I feel pretty incredible.”
The QB also said that “health should not be political.”
“The problem with this is it is so political,” Rodgers said. “And health should not be political. It shouldn’t be that ‘Trump endorsed Ivermectin and HDQ and so, take that s*** off, it doesn’t work.’ In general, we all should have been a little hesitant,” he explained.
“When Trump in 2020 was championing these vaccines that were coming so quick, what did the left say? And I’m talking about every member of the left. ‘Don’t trust the vaccine. Don’t get the vaccine. You’re gonna die from the vaccine … ’”
“And then what happened? Biden wins and everything flips. Shouldn’t that initially give you a little pause … isn’t this about health and not about politics?” Rodgers asked.
“And to that point, has any member of the health staff this entire time, got up and actually talked about real health? Have they talked about exercise, a healthy diet, eating real food, drinking water, taking vitamins, vitamin D deficiency and what that causes in the body? No. There hasn’t been any of that.”
“I have taken this very seriously,” Rodgers said. “I’m not a COVID denier or any bull**** like that. I just wanted to make the decision that was best for my body. That’s it. I wear my mask when I go out in public. The only time I haven’t worn my mask is when I’m around all vaccinated people. My response to those people would be like, ‘Hey, just so you know, I tested this morning negative, No. 1, and No. 2, you got vaccinated against something that you would be worried about me having, which I just told you I’m negative,'” he noted.
“To me, I can’t make any more sense than that. If I’m in public, I wear a mask. If I’m not, if I’m at my house, I’m not wearing a mask.”