In the midst of a severe covid19 outbreak that has resulted in a global lockdown in phases and resulted in deaths of more than a million in United States alone and billions and trillions worldwide, one personality who stood against the test of time and patience was Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. In a recent interview on the “Pat McAfee Show,” he addressed the controversy regarding him not getting vaccinated yet calling himself immunised from covid19 after he was tested positive for the same.
“I am somebody who’s a critical thinker,” he said. “I believe strongly in bodily autonomy and the ability to make choices for your body.” He denied allegations of him being a so-called “anti-vaxxer”, and added that he is not in denial of the corona outbreak that has claimed lives of more than million all over the US but at the same time clarified that he has been tested daily per NFL protocol but has simply got caught “in the cross hairs of the woke mob right now.”
He believed he got it from one of his fellow teammates but has chosen to leave the identity and whereabouts of that particular person or any details of where or when he could have been exposed. The three-time MVP claimed that after conducting extensive research about the vaccines he had found that he was allergic to two of the components in both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines and so has sought out alternative modes for immunisation. According to reports he consulted with friend Joe Rogan and mentioned ivermectin, a medicine that is generally used to treat threadworms, roundworms and other parasites. The medicine has not even been approved by the FDA for battling covid19.
In the wake of such controversy, an entire troop of A-listed Hollywood celebrities has called Rodgers out on his double faced attitude towards a serious medical issue that needs immediate acceptance, awareness and treatment. American football player, Terry Bradshaw said while at the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, for NFL Sunday, “It would be nice if he came to the Naval Academy and learned how to be honest.” He went on to say that being immunised against the disease was not the same as getting vaccinated; Ivermectin was essentially a cattle dewormer and lying about being vaccinated when in reality he has been tested positive and to jeopardize the lives of his fellow mates was an extremely downtrodden move.
Mike Fisher, husband of singer Carrie Underwood, however has come out in support of Rodgers saying he completely believed in people’s freedom to put whatever they want in their body and the freedom of conscience. He added that as per scientific research till date the vaccinated spread Covid at basically the same rate as the unvaccinated and the NFL and the other leagues were choosing to punish unvaccinated players ignoring science.
Comedian Jimmy Kimmel did not hold back words when it came to criticising Aaron Rodgers and calling him out on his ‘immunisation’ card. “Aaron is a Karen, that’s the fact of the matter,” the late-night host said during his November 4 show. “Honestly, the only thing worse than not getting vaccinated when you’re in close contact with other people is letting them think you’re vaccinated when you’re not. It’s basically the COVID equivalent of ‘the condom fell off.’”
Under such trying times, it really feels like negligence and even arrogance on part of such a star player to put lives of other players and his teammates at risk by turning his face to vaccination since there isn’t “enough science” to vouch for its success rate.