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NFL investigation into Aaron Rodgers

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Feb 9, 2008
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Jarrett Bell for USA TODAY

The NFL (link) began its investigation into Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers yesterday, a person with knowledge of the situation told USA TODAY Sports, to determine whether Rodgers and the Packers had violated COVID-19 protocols. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation.
Rodgers tested positive for COVID on Wednesday, and it was later revealed he had not been vaccinated.
The controversy rose to another level today.
Rodgers, who will miss the Packers’ game Sunday in Kansas City due to a 10-day minimum isolation – maintained during an interview on "The Pat McAfee Show" that an NFL doctor had told him “it would be impossible for a vaccinated person to catch or spread COVID.” Rodgers didn’t identify the doctor who he claimed gave him such information, which is erroneous. Vaccines significantly reduce the risk of contracting or becoming ill from COVID-19, per the CDC. No vaccine is 100% effective, however, and "breakthrough infections" are possible.

The NFL quickly refuted Rodgers' claim, telling Pro Football Talk: "No doctor from the league or the joint NFL-NFLPA infectious disease consultants communicated with the player. If they had, they certainly would have never said anything like that."
Rodgers said Friday he opted for a homeopathic treatment that he apparently believed “immunized” him from the effects of COVID-19.

After Rodgers reported to Packers camp in August and told team doctors of his treatment while seeking an exemption from taking one of the three vaccines (Moderna, Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson), his case was forwarded to the NFL Players Association (NFLPA) and in turn to the infectious disease expert jointly appointed by the NFL and NFLPA, the person told USA TODAY Sports. The disease expert concluded later in August that without data or peer-reviewed research, the treatment that Rodgers underwent was not considered a viable replacement.

Personally, I think the Packers knew he was not vaccinated and did not require him to follow protocols established for unvaccinated players. As such, the team, as well as Rodgers, should face sanctions.
All Rodgers had to do was be honest. Say he elected not to be vaccinated and then follow the regimen prescribed for unvaccinated players, just as being done by Vikings' QB Kirk Cousins.
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