December 23, 2019; Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) talks to Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen (19) after a game at US Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports
Ah, the NFL. Boys will be hit hard for scoffing because NFL athletes are role models. Meanwhile, one of the best players in the game lies several times and then defies the rules for several months; the NFL fined Aaron Rodgers just $ 14,650.
Here is how PFT breaks it down:
Rodgers repeatedly violated COVID protocols by not wearing a mask during on-site press conferences; the NFL now admits it. But the league claims the Packers should have enforced the protocols, and the league refuses to consider multiple violations as “repeat” violations. The Packers never fined Rodgers for the violations, and presumably won’t now. As one source said Tuesday night, “That sucks.” If, for example, someone steals twice a week every week for eight weeks, the person has committed 16 violations of theft laws. There should be 16 penalties.
Let us continue on the path that Florio traced for us. Imagine, for the sake of argument, that Everson Griffen receives an unnecessary roughness penalty on Rodgers in the first quarter of the next Packers game. Then he goes on to give Rodgers dirty punches, say, a dozen more times. Should Griffen get a flag for every hit?
Yesterday, I wrote about the NFL investigation into Aaron Rodgers and what they can do in terms of fines or some other form of league discipline:
As we all know, star quarterbacks are treated differently than the NFL. We see it every week when a mid-level quarterback takes a late beating without a yellow flag flying through the air. We see it the following week when a defender high-fives Tom Brady too hard, resulting in an unnecessary rudeness penalty and possible suspension. Who knows how the NFL will tackle this problem with Rodgers, one of the best players to ever walk on the football field.
We now know that preferential treatment extends to offenses off the field.
According to About the cap, Rodgers will receive $ 22,364,706 in actual cash this season (which is different from his salary cap hit). My wife, the family’s math wizard, did math. A $ 14,650 fine is just 0.065% of your salary this season. Less than 0.1%, folks. Not 1%, less than 0.1%.
Let’s add some context to these numbers. Let’s say John from Minnesota makes $ 50,000 a year selling Vikings memorabilia. John, however, can be an idiot at times. You repeatedly park in places where you are not allowed to park. He does so for several months, repeatedly defying Minnesota laws. The state decides to fine him. If they decided on 0.065% of his salary, John would have to pay $ 32.50.
After all that, Aaron Rodgers was fined $ 14,650 by the NFL. That’s the equivalent of paying thirty-two and a half dollars for someone with a salary of $ 50,000. I hasten to add that these numbers don’t even consider Rodgers’ other sources of income, such as his endorsement deals.
Friends, you cannot make these things up.