Rodgers is wrong—NFL says league docs never talked to him about vaccine

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The fallout continues for NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers, who threw out COVID-19 vaccine misinformation and nearly every line from the 2021 anti-vaccine playbook during a 45-minute interview on Friday.

Since then, the Green Bay Packers quarterback has lost his position as spokesman for the Wisconsin-based healthcare organization. Previa Health. Insurance giant State Farm has also Significantly cut down on ads that include him. And, now, the NFL is disputing his claim that the league’s doctors provided him with information on the bunk vaccine.


Rodgers—who hasn’t been vaccinated and tested positive for COVID-19 last week—appeared on The Pat McAfee Show Friday afternoon to address the growing scandal surrounding his vaccination status. He also took the opportunity to rail against COVID-19 vaccines, NFL health policies and the “wake up rush”.

The unvaccinated footballer defended his previous public statement that he had been “immunized” against COVID-19, saying the league and his teammates were well aware of his real, unvaccinated condition. In lieu of a vaccine, Rodgers said he did his research and decided to take a homeopathic “long-term protocol that involved several months.” He declined to explain what was included in that protocol.

In explaining why he decided to skip the recommendations of medical professionals and rely on homeopathy and podcaster Joe Rogan, Rodgers claimed he had reason to doubt NFL doctors. Rodgers reported that, after the league denied his request for “vaccinated” status based on his homeopathic protocol, he filed an appeal. The appeal was a “multiweek process”, in which Rodgers – a “critical thinker” – researched more than 500 pages on his own.

In that process, he claimed that he had had “many conversations” with the league. “But one in particular stood out when I knew I wasn’t going to win it,” Rodgers said. “I had a meeting and he said – one of the chief doctors said – ‘It is impossible for a vaccinated person to get COVID or spread COVID.’… Which we now know was completely false. “

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In an emailed statement to NPR on Monday, NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy denied that the league’s doctors had said any such thing or even met with Rodgers. “no it’s not true,” McCarthy wrote. “None of the doctors in the league or joint NFL-NFLPA infectious disease advisors communicated [Rodgers]. If they were, they certainly would never have said that.”

It’s unclear what conversations Rodgers was talking about or who exactly he was with. But, with his distrust of league doctors, he apparently turned to homeopathic pseudoscience and notable podcast hosts.

Upon testing positive for COVID-19 last week, Rodgers said he turned to Rogan about which drugs to take. They crunched the list, which included monoclonal antibodies, zinc and vitamin C. He also listed the antiparasitic drug ivermectin and the antimalaria drug DHCQ (decethyl-hydroxychloroquine). Both drugs are unproven for treating COVID-19 and can have serious side effects. “I feel so unbelievable,” Rodgers said.

Amid unproven and experimental treatments, Rodgers has been accusing and spreading misinformation about highly effective and safe COVID-19 vaccines. He repeated the lie that vaccines can affect fertility—there is no evidence of. Regardless, he also claimed that he couldn’t get the vaccines even if he wanted to. He says he is allergic to the ingredients in mRNA vaccines, although he did not identify those ingredients. He also rejected Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine, citing concerns about blood clots — even though clots are extremely rare and mainly affect women.

In a statement saturday, Previa Health announced that it is breaking up with Rodgers after a nine-year relationship. “Previa Health is committed to protecting our patients, employees, providers and communities amid the COVID-19 pandemic,” the health care company wrote. “This includes encouraging and helping all eligible populations to be vaccinated against COVID-19 to prevent the virus from further affecting lives and livelihoods.” Prevea said it would not provide any additional information about Rodgers.

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