While appearing on the Joe Rogan Show, Aaron Rodgers admitted that he purposefully obscured his vaccine status by calling himself “immunized.”
Aaron Rodgers is trying to spin his vaccination explanations like he spins balls on the field. He’s just not as good at the former task as he is at the latter.
The Packers quarterback appeared on The Joe Rogan Experience and tried to justify his handling of the COVID-19 vaccination question.
It started with a claim that he is allergic to polyethylene glycol, or PEG, a component in the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines.
Then it moved on to Rodgers admitting that he effectively lied to the media by calling himself “immunized.”
Aaron Rodgers admits to misleading media on purpose on immunization
“They were doing this, I called it a witch hunt, where they were asking every single player ‘are you vaccinated?’ You know, they were asking a bunch of big quarterbacks and some guys were saying, ‘it’s personal’ or whatever. They didn’t want to talk about their status and it almost guaranteed you weren’t vaccinated, right? So then they were getting ripped,” Rodgers said. “And some guys said, ‘yes, I’m vaccinated’ then they’d try to get them to say shit about their teammates who weren’t vaccinated — call their teammates out.
“So I’d been ready the entire time for this question and had thought about how I wanted to answer it. I had come to the conclusion that I was going to say, ‘I’ve been immunized’ and if there was a follow-up, then talk about my process. But I thought there was a possibility that, I say I’m immunized, maybe they understand what that means, maybe they don’t, maybe they follow up. They didn’t follow up.”
But wait, there’s more.
“But I knew at some point that, if I contracted COVID or if word got out, because it’s the NFL and there’s leaks everywhere, it was possible I’d have to answer the questions. And then, sure enough, I contract COVID at the beginning of November/end of October and that’s when the shitstorm hit because now I’m a liar and endangering the community and my teammates, all these people. The attempted takedown of me and, you know, my word and my integrity began.”
So basically, Rodgers knew he’d have to answer questions about his vaccination status and he wasn’t willing to own up to his status, so he lied even though he knew the truth would eventually come out and he’d have to face the music anyways. But he wants to blame the media for questioning his integrity.
This all begs the question, why didn’t Rodgers just explain his situation from the beginning?
He deliberately misled people about being immunized instead of calmly explaining, as he did to Rogan, that he wasn’t getting vaccinated because of an allergy. He could have used his platform to promote the alternative immunization process he felt so confident in. He could have drawn attention to the difficulties of those who have allergies to vaccine ingredients.
Instead, he obscured and stayed silent.
It wouldn’t have been that hard to simply say, “I’m allergic to polyethylene glycol, which is in the mRNA vaccines, and the Johnson & Johnson vaccine was pulled. Therefore I’m not getting the vaccine.”
He didn’t do that, which is why the heat came down on him so hard.
Now, Rodgers’ explanations ring as hollow as those of baseball players who claim they ended up with a banned substance in their drug test because of a fungal cream. That’s his fault. Not the media’s.
Say what you will about Kirk Cousins and others, but at least they had the guts to stand behind their vaccine decisions.