Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers just sent shockwaves across the National Football League and it was not because of his performance on the field.
The Super Bowl winning quarterback appeared on “The Pat McAfee Show” on Tuesday and tore into the NFL for not allowing players to question science.
He is one of the NFL players who is not vaccinated against COVID and recently was diagnosed with, and overcame it.
The host asked the quarterback if he’s ever wanted to confront “some of these blue check marks that are attacking” him on social media.
“Well most of these people have absolutely no following, and they come after me and they have zero retweets or likes,” he said. “They have less than double-digit likes and retweets so it does zero for me to interact with these people.
“When did Freedom of Speech — when did we lose the ability to respect somebody’s opinion?… My thoughts are just my own opinion on this matter [COVID-19],” the quarterback said.
He said that many of the teams are using some of the same treatments who players who are infected as he used but they do it behind closed doors.
“I do know behind the scenes, this is 100 percent true, there are many teams who are using or recommending a lot of the same treatments that I got for their players,” he said. “There are treatments being talked about behind closed doors, but publicly, I don’t understand why we can’t talk about treatments.”
He also questioned the idea that the science is settled.
“If science can’t be questioned, it’s not science anymore — it’s propaganda,” he said.
“That’s the truth,” he said. “When someone comes out with a scientific study, what do they always say? They say it’s a peer review. What does that mean? It means people in the same field have gone through it, questioned the hypothesis, questioned the research, and looked it up to see if this research stands up. That’s what science is all about.”
“When did science become this blind agreement and not having any debate over what can actually heal people,” he said.
He also took issue with the separation of vaccinated and unvaccinated people.
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“What I don’t understand — it makes no sense to me to continue to spread this narrative that non-vaccinated players are more dangerous or these super-spreaders,” the quarterback said. “I don’t understand why there is still this two-class system that exists in our league.”
“There are not many unvaccinated guys left in the league, but it’s obviously not a pandemic of the unvaccinated. It doesn’t make sense to me we’re still punishing non-vaccinated players,” he said.
McAfee said that Rodgers would likely get attacked on the Internet for what he said in the interview but the quarterback was undeterred.
“That’s fine. I’m sharing my opinion. I’m not a doctor and that’s what people hammer me most about. But I consulted with a number of doctors.
“I’m not some uneducated person that’s throwing stuff out there. You wanna rip on me because I took horse dewormer and whatever else you want to talk about — that’s fine. But I also got better in 48 hours and I had symptoms,” he said.