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Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers has revealed how he began explaining his vaccination status, leading to the famous August 2021 press conference where he told the media he had been “immunized.”
When asked by reporters at training camp last August if he had received the COVID-19 shot, Rodgers described himself as “immunized.”
Reporters did not follow up and simply assumed that he had been given a vaccine, even though Rodgers had simply received a therapeutic treatment prescribed by a doctor.
Rodgers’ vaccination status emerged in November 2021 when he tested positive for coronavirus and was subsequently quarantined for 10 days — the minimum time an unvaccinated player is asked to go into quarantine, under NFL rules.
What followed was a public beating from the awake crowd and numerous media and political figures, including Terry Bradshaw and Howard Stern, among others.
During an appearance on the podcast The Joe Rogan, Rodgers explained how he intended to present his status to the media.
Some would suggest that Rodgers deliberately misled the media, while others will argue that this is a purely subjective and flawed claim.
Aaron Rodgers joined Joe Rogan for a three-hour interview explaining his version of events surrounding the confession that he had been “immunized” rather than “vaccinated”
The NFL was aware of Rodgers’ status given the waiver he had applied for — and was ultimately denied — for.
“So I was ready for this question all the time and had thought about how I wanted to answer it and I’d come to the conclusion that I’m going to say, I’ve been vaccinated,” Rodgers told Rogan on his podcast of the same name.
“And if there’s a follow-up, talk about my trial, but I thought there’s a possibility that I say I’ve been vaccinated, maybe they’ll understand what that means.
“Maybe not, maybe they’re following it up. They didn’t follow up. So, then I go the season that they think, some of them, that I was vaccinated, right, because the only follow-up they asked was basically they asked me to reprimand my teammates, like, ‘Say what you against your teammates’ not vaccinated?
Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers face an uncertain 2022 season with no star receiver Davante Adams traded to the Las Vegas Raiders during the off-season
“What kind of example do you think you’re saying your teammates haven’t been vaccinated?” I said ‘hey, it’s everyone’s own decision with their body.’
Rodgers was denounced by large sections of the media for suggesting that his decision was selfish and hindered the Packers franchise.
However, the reigning back-to-back MVP revealed that those within the organization were fully aware of his status and situation, including an appeal for vaccine waiver at the competition.
Rodgers’ appeal to the league dates back to early August 2021, according to the Packers’ No. 12.
“There’s a lot of talk about putting my teammates at risk, and you know, I lied to my teammates and my team from the first day I returned, which was probably July 25, 2021,” said Rodgers.
“They knew where I was, everyone knew. In addition, I would appeal to the NFL. Because I said, look, here are my health problems. Here is the protocol I went through.
“Here’s the research behind him, she gave 500 pages of research, from a bunch of people putting together case-review studies on homeopathy, and immunizations and safety therein, and then its efficacy.”
“And then I had a conversation with the league and the league said, ‘This is the moment when I knew that my profession was definitely not going to happen.
‘Because they said ‘it is not possible for a vaccinated player to contract or transmit COVID if he has been vaccinated’.
“And I said, ‘You must be kidding me, because I showed up and five people, non-players, five fully vaccinated people are out with COVID. So what are you talking about?’
And he said, ‘You’re a conspiracy theorist,’ oh, boy. And I said, ‘No, I just think I’m a realist. I’m just looking at the facts here.’
In the wake of the first scandal last year, Rodgers explained why he refused the vaccine.
“I’m allergic to an ingredient in the mRNA vaccines,” he said on the… Pat McAfee Show. ‘I have found a long-term vaccination protocol to protect myself and I am very proud of the research that has been done on it.’
“I strongly believe in the autonomy of the body and the ability to make choices for your body—not having to acquiesce in a waking culture or disturbed group of individuals telling you to do something.”
Joe Rogan has criticized the vaccine, mandates and lockdowns, but insisted in April 2021 that he is “not an antivax person.”
“I said I believe they are safe and I encourage a lot of people to take them,” Rogan continued his podcast.
‘My parents have been vaccinated. I just said I don’t think you need it if you’re a young, healthy person.’