Aaron Rodgers says he takes “full responsibility” for misleading comments about vaccination status

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NFL star Aaron Rodgers mentioned Tuesday that he takes “full responsibility” for his misleading comments about his vaccination status. The Green Bay Packers quarterback revealed final week that he has not been vaccinated towards COVID-19 and has confronted heavy criticism for saying in August that he was “immunized.”

“I shared an opinion that is polarizing, I get it. I misled some people about my status, which I take full responsibility of those comments,” he mentioned Tuesday on the “The Pat McAfee Show,” the place he first disclosed his vaccination status final week. “But in the end, I have to stay true to who I am and what I’m about. And I stand behind the things that I said.” 

“I shared an opinion that is polarizing I get it. I misled people about my status which I take full responsibility of.. I’m gonna continue to try & be the best version of me moving forward” [email protected]#PatMcAfeeShowLIVE pic.twitter.com/UbyKh7XekO

— Pat McAfee (@PatMcAfeeShow) November 9, 2021

When requested at a press convention in August if he had been vaccinated, Rodgers replied that he had been “immunized.” But after contracting COVID-19 final week, he instructed McAfee he had not been vaccinated, however had as a substitute undergone a homeopathic “immunization protocol” supervised by a medical staff.  

In the explosive interview with McAfee, Rodgers mentioned he was not an anti-vaxxer, however claimed he was allergic to an ingredient within the CDC-approved MRNA vaccines. He additionally mentioned he had spoken to podcaster Joe Rogan and had taken the anti-parasite drug ivermectin, which the CDC has repeatedly opposed as a COVID-19 remedy. 

He additionally lashed out on the media and the NFL, calling some COVID protocols “draconian.” 

“I believe strongly in bodily autonomy, and the ability to make choices for your body, not to have to acquiesce to some woke culture where a crazed group of individuals who say you have to do something,” he mentioned final week. “Health is not a one-size-fits-all.”

Aaron Rodgers on October 28, 2021.

Rick Scuteri / AP

Though he didn’t retract these statements in his Tuesday interview, he did say that he doesn’t need his vaccination status to turn into a political assertion. 

“I’m an athlete, not an activist,” he mentioned. “So I’m going to get back to doing what I do best, and that’s playing ball.” 

After testing constructive for COVID-19 final Wednesday, Rodgers sat out final Sunday’s recreation towards the Kansas City Chiefs. He is anticipated to return this weekend to face the Seattle Seahawks. 

The NFL final Wednesday mentioned in a press release that “the primary responsibility for enforcement of the COVID protocols within club facilities rests with each club. Failure to properly enforce the protocols has resulted in discipline being assessed against individual clubs in the past. The league is aware of the current situation in Green Bay and will be reviewing the matter with the Packers.”

According to NFL Network’s Ian Rappaport, Rodgers and the Packers could possibly be fined for violating the league’s COVID-19 protocols — which require masks in sure conditions for unvaccinated gamers and limits the variety of unvaccinated personnel who can collect indoors — however the three-time MVP is not going to be going through a suspension.

Zoe Christen Jones contributed reporting. 

Victoria Albert

Victoria Albert is a News Editor at CBS News. Reach her at [email protected]