Fallout continues for NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers, who tossed out a smorgasbord of COVID-19 vaccine misinformation and practically each line from the 2021 anti-vaccine playbook in the midst of a single 45-minute interview Friday.
Since then, the Inexperienced Bay Packers’ quarterback has misplaced his place as a spokesperson for Wisconsin-based healthcare group Prevea Health. Insurance coverage large State Farm has additionally considerably reduce on advertisements that embody him. And, now, the NFL is disputing his declare that league medical doctors supplied him with bunk vaccine info.
Rodgers—who’s unvaccinated and examined optimistic for COVID-19 final week—appeared on the The Pat McAfee Present Friday afternoon to handle the rising scandal round his vaccination standing. He additionally took the chance to rail in opposition to COVID-19 vaccines, NFL well being insurance policies, and the “woke mob.”
The unvaccinated footballer defended his earlier public assertion that he was “immunized” in opposition to COVID-19, saying that the league and his teammates had been effectively conscious of his precise, unvaccinated standing. In lieu of a vaccine, Rodgers mentioned he did his personal analysis and determined to take a homeopathic “long-term protocol that concerned a number of months.” He declined to explain what that protocol concerned.
In explaining why he determined to shun the suggestions of medical professionals and rely as an alternative on homeopathy and podcaster Joe Rogan, Rodgers claimed he had cause to doubt the NFL’s medical doctors. Rodgers recounted that, after the league rejected his request for a “vaccinated” standing based mostly on his homeopathic protocol, he filed an enchantment. The enchantment was a “multiweek course of,” wherein Rodgers—a “crucial thinker”—collected over 500 pages of analysis on his personal.
In that course of, he claimed he had “many conversations” with the league. “However one specifically stood out once I knew I used to be not going to win this,” Rodgers mentioned. “I had a gathering they usually mentioned—one of many essential docs mentioned—’it’s not possible for a vaccinated individual to get COVID or unfold COVID.’… which we all know now that that info was completely false.”
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In an emailed assertion to NPR Monday, NFL spokesperson Brian McCarthy denied that league medical doctors mentioned any such factor or had even met with Rodgers. “No, it is not true,” McCarthy wrote. “No physician from the league or the joint NFL-NFLPA infectious illness consultants communicated with [Rodgers]. If that they had, they actually would have by no means mentioned something like that.”
It is unclear what conversations Rodgers was speaking about or who he might have truly had them with. However, along with his mistrust of league medical doctors, he apparently turned to homeopathic pseudoscience and the notable podcast host.
Upon testing optimistic for COVID-19 final week, Rodgers mentioned he turned to Rogan for what medicine to take. He rattled off the listing, which included monoclonal antibodies, zinc, and vitamin C. He additionally listed the antiparasitic drug ivermectin and the antimalaria drug dHCQ (desethyl-hydroxychloroquine). Each medicine are unproven for treating COVID-19 and may have critical unwanted side effects. “I really feel fairly unimaginable,” Rodgers reported.
Amid touting unproven and experimental therapies, Rodgers forged aspersions and unfold misinformation on extremely efficient and protected COVID-19 vaccines. He repeated the falsehood that the vaccines can have an effect on fertility—there isn’t any proof of that. Regardless, he additionally claimed he merely could not take the vaccines even when he needed to. He says he’s allergic to components within the mRNA vaccines, although he did not establish these components. He additionally declined the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, citing issues about blood clots—despite the fact that clots are extraordinarily uncommon and primarily have an effect on girls.
In a statement Saturday, Prevea Well being introduced that it was chopping ties with Rodgers after a nine-year relationship. “Prevea Well being stays deeply dedicated to defending its sufferers, workers, suppliers and communities amidst the COVID-19 pandemic,” the well being care firm wrote. “This contains encouraging and serving to all eligible populations to turn into vaccinated in opposition to COVID-19 to stop the virus from additional considerably impacting lives and livelihoods.” Prevea added that it will not present any extra info on the subject.