'There was a lot of public shaming': Aaron Rodgers opens up about 'immunization' controversy on Joe Rogan podcast

'There was a lot of public shaming': Aaron Rodgers opens up about 'immunization' controversy on Joe Rogan podcast
Aaron Rodgers said on Joe Rogan podcast, 'There was clearly two classes of players at the facility – the unvaccinated and the vaccinated who had full privileges' (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images and 'The Joe Rogan Experience' screenshot)

Aaron Rodgers, whose refusal to take Covid-19 vaccine made national headlines last year, revealed that the NFL discriminated against unvaccinated players. The quarterback for the Green Bay Packers appeared on "The Joe Rogan Experience" and admitted that the phrasing “immunized” was intentionally misleading.

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During the interview with Joe Rogan, the Packers’ quarterback and Rogan talked about the ‘vaccine misinformation’ propaganda ran by the mainstream media. Rodgers asserted that he is allergic to polyethylene glycol also known as PEG, which is a core ingredient of most of the Coronavirus vaccines including Pfizer and Moderna Covid-19 vaccines. Rodgers said he didn’t take mRNA Covid vaccines last season as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended that people allergic to PEG not take the mRNA vaccines. However, he also passed on Johnson & Johnson vaccine because of the blood clotting issues.

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Rodgers also revealed that the league discriminated against the unvaccinated players and gave vaccinated players special privileges. He said he was forced to wear a mask all the time whereas vaccinated players were allowed to roam around without a mask. "There was a lot of public shaming that was attempted to coerce people to get vaccinated because not only are you wearing a yellow wristband, you're the only ones wearing masks," Rodgers noted.

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Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers smiles as he walks off the field after their game against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on December 19, 2021 in Baltimore, Maryland.
Aaron Rodgers (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

"There was clearly two classes of players at the facility – there was the unvaccinated and the vaccinated who had full privileges," he told Rogan. "They tested once every two weeks. They had full privileges. On the road, they could go out to dinner on the road, they could go to a concert in town, they could go to a comedy show that was it was in town, they could be at any place they wanted to."

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Further, in the episode, Rodgers stated that players in the bubble had zero opportunity to work out. He said unvaccinated NFL players had a "very low percentage not just of keeping a job but even getting a job." "Look how righteous our league is, we have 95% compliance with the vaccine," Rodgers mocked the NFL. “If you don’t, we’re going to send a stooge to your team to show you graphs of your vaccination percentage of your team compared to the rest of the league, which actually happened."

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During the pandemic, the vaccine became a necessity and the media was behind the players asking them about their vaccination status. To dodge the questions from the media last year, Rodgers used the term ‘immunized’ which he now revealed was misleading initially. “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,” Rodgers said.

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“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.”

At about 39 minutes of the podcast, Rodgers made another mind-boggling confession that he played an NFL game with the Packers while on painkillers, Percocet specifically.

“It was more for pain management, so I wasn’t taking any high dosage, but stupid, ultimately, Rodgers said. “Here’s the thing: I had knee issues for a long time, and you take anti-inflammatories. You’re taking anti-inflammatories, they all come with a warning: If you take this more than a few weeks, you’ve gotta get your blood tested because it can do damage to your liver. There are so many things you can take now, anti-inflammatory things, that are natural, that don’t cause damage to your body.”

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