Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, sidelined by Covid-19, admitted on Tuesday that he has “misled some people” regarding his vaccination status.
In an explosive interview last week on “The Pat McAfee Show” on Sirius XM, Rodgers confirmed that he is not vaccinated; claimed he is allergic to vaccines and has taken ivermectin; said he is the victim of a “wake mob”; and acknowledged that he has sought Covid-19 advice from podcaster Joe Rogan.
“I made some comments that people may have thought were misleading and to anyone who felt misled by those comments, I take full responsibility for those comments,” Rodgers told “The Pat McAfee Show” on Tuesday.
Later in the interview, the 37-year-old reigning NFL MVP admitted that he had made misleading statements.
“I shared an opinion that is polarizing, I get it,” Rodgers said. “And I misled some people about my status, which I take full responsibility for, those comments.”
However, the sidelined QB has not shied away from comments that now threaten his lucrative endorsement deals.
“But in the end I have to stay true to who I am and what I stand for and stand behind the things I’ve said,” Rodgers told the sports talk show. “And I have a lot of empathy for people who have been through the worst of this pandemic.”
Rodgers could be back on the field on Sunday when the Packers face the Seattle Seahawks.
“I’m excited to be feeling better, I’m excited to move forward and hopefully get back to my team and do what I do best which is ball games,” said Rodgers.
“It was hard to get rid of it. I’ve clearly been dealing with the Covid and I feel happy and grateful on the other side that I still have something to look forward to this weekend.”
Before the season, Rodgers was asked if he had been vaccinated and he replied in the affirmative, saying he had been “immunized”.
After it was revealed last week that Rodgers had not been vaccinated and may not have followed NFL protocols for unvaccinated players, he was roundly criticized and even called a liar.
“Because that’s what you did, Aaron. You lied to everyone,” Hall of Fame quarterback Terry Bradshaw told pregame viewers on Fox on Sunday.
The NFL is investigating whether the quarterback or team has violated Covid-19 protocols.
In his interview last week, Rodger . saids called the memory of Martin Luther King Jr. and claimed that the slain civil rights leader would agree that he had a “moral obligation to object to unjust rules and rules that make no sense”.
According to a running count by NBC News, nearly 760,000 Americans have died from Covid-19.