Having beforehand introduced again in August that he was “immunized,” Rodgers went on to say on Friday that he was “within the crosshairs of the woke mob proper now” over his vaccination standing and that the media was on a “witch hunt” to seek out out which gamers have been vaccinated.
In his absence, second-year quarterback Jordan Love will face the Chiefs.
“What a shock, what a shock that that is the man we thought was so sensible and well-read and it seems that he does not even have the braveness or the heart to say he wasn’t vaccinated, in all probability as a result of he was terrified of that ‘woke mob.'”
Rodgers mentioned he didn’t get vaccinated as a result of he has an allergy to an ingredient within the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines and was scared in regards to the potential unintended effects from the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
In an interview with CNN, NFL Insider Ian Rapoport mentioned Rodgers has been following NFL Covid-19 pointers for unvaccinated gamers which require each day testing even on off days and the carrying of protecting masks indoors.
Nonetheless, Rapoport says the NFL will examine how strictly the protocols have been applied as a result of Rodgers has been noticed not carrying a masks throughout some indoor press conferences with reporters at Lambeau Subject. Unvaccinated gamers are required to put on masks at their membership facility and whereas touring.
“He has, in his phrases, been ‘immunized’ which is he is sought a holistic or homeopathic remedy — very costly remedy — to attempt to increase his antibody ranges after which went to the NFL and the NFLPA (Gamers Affiliation) and their joint docs to get what is actually an exemption,” Rapoport mentioned.
“He tried to get them to say: ‘OK, due to the place your antibody ranges are, you might be allowed to say that you’re vaccinated.’ The NFL, the NFLPA and joint docs didn’t permit that so he was formally dominated to be unvaccinated. That’s the actuality, that’s the reason Aaron Rodgers, regardless of kind of main the general public to imagine that he’s vaccinated, his official standing is that he didn’t obtain the Covid-19 vaccination.”
NFL Covid-19 protocols state vaccinated gamers who check constructive and stay asymptomatic are eligible to return after testing unfavorable twice in a 24-hour span. Unvaccinated gamers are required to quarantine for 10 days after which check unfavorable to return.
What fines may Rodgers face?
The NFL mentioned it’s reviewing the scenario. A league spokesperson instructed CNN in a press release: “The first accountability for enforcement of the Covid Protocols inside Membership services rests with every Membership.
“Failure to correctly implement the protocols has resulted in self-discipline being assessed in opposition to particular person Golf equipment up to now. The league is conscious of the present scenario in Inexperienced Bay and can be reviewing with the Packers.”
The fines an unvaccinated participant can face for breaching Covid-19 protocols will be steep.
Gathering exterior of the staff facility or staff journey in teams of greater than three gamers can lead to a fantastic of $14,650.
Participating in in-person conferences, practices and coaching actions exterior of staff services with different gamers or employees can be punishable by a $14,650 fantastic.
Attending an indoor nightclub, an indoor bar — the bar and nightclub each should have greater than 10 folks — a home gathering of greater than 15 folks, an indoor live performance or one other sporting occasion — except the participant is seated in a separated seating part, similar to a collection or proprietor’s field, is carrying PPE, and there are not more than 10 folks in that separate seating part — all with out carrying protecting gear or masks, are punishable with a $14,650 fantastic.
Refusal to undergo testing ends in a $50,000 fantastic, whereas repeat offenders of any protocols can be subjected to “elevated self-discipline,” the NFL explains.
Brennan added: “(Rodgers) could possibly be fined by the Nationwide Soccer League, but it surely’s a bit slap on the wrist. He is also suspended. The percentages are that it will likely be extra the Packers which are checked out and get some type of a fantastic. My guess is it will likely be a fantastic.”
What subsequent for the Packers?
With Rodgers in Covid-19 protocols and unable to play in Sunday’s conflict in opposition to the Chiefs, the accountability falls to Like to handle the staff’s offense.
Filling in for the NFL’s reigning MVP isn’t any imply feat. However doing so in your first NFL common season begin is much more tough.
Love, who will make his first profession common season begin in a raucous Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas Metropolis, has solely performed briefly since being drafted within the first spherical final yr.
He did not characteristic within the 2020 season, however performed within the fourth quarter of the Packers’ Week 1 blowout loss to the New Orleans Saints.
With a season below his belt and severe time spent on the apply fields, Love has earned the respect of the veterans in his locker room.
“You could possibly see him getting comfy and extra assured every day and actually getting an understanding of the offense.”
And Love can have rather a lot driving on his shoulders come Sunday, because the Packers look to win their eighth straight recreation to stay atop the NFC standings.
However it will likely be a baptism of fireside for the 23-year-old: dealing with famous person QB Patrick Mahomes and his Chiefs as they give the impression of being to win their second straight recreation within the hopes of resurrecting their season.