Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has recently been the target of media scrutiny following his COVID-19 vaccination status being released. Despite claiming in August that he had been immunized when directly asked if he received a vaccination, the NFL star was outed as an unvaccinated player when he tested positive with the virus earlier this week.
Rather than receiving the typical Moderna or Pfizer vaccine, the quarterback opted to go a “homeopathic” route, which isn’t regarded as a legitimate form of vaccination according to the NFL. However, Rodgers has argued that just because he didn’t receive an orthodox means of immunization, doesn’t mean he lied.
“I believe strongly in bodily autonomy and the ability to make choices for your body, not to have to acquiesce to some woke culture or crazed group of individuals who say you have to do something,” he went on to explain, defending his argument. “Health is not a one-size-fits-all for everybody and for me it involved a lot of study in the offseason.”
Aaron Rodgers says he didn’t lie during press conference.
“First of all, I didn’t lie in the initial press conference,” the NFL star stated firmly during an appearance on The Pat McAfee Show, He then explained, “During that time, it was a witch hunt that was going on across the league, where everybody in the media was so concerned about who was vaccinated and who wasn’t and what that meant and who was being selfish and who would talk about it, what it meant if they said it’s a personal decision and they shouldn’t have to disclose their own medical information.”
“And at the time, my plan was to say that I have been immunized. It wasn’t some sort of ruse or lie,” he continued. “It was the truth, and I’ll get into the whole immunization in a second. But had there been a follow-up to my statement that I’ve been immunized, I would have responded with this: I would have said, ‘Look, I’m not some sort of anti-vax, flat-Earther. I am somebody who’s a critical thinker.'”
After sharing his stance and making his rebuttal, Rodgers noted that his decision was his personal decision and that he should have autonomy over choices. He elaborated and shared, “You know, my desire to immunize myself was what was best for my body, and that’s why this is so important to me. My medical team advised me that the danger of an adverse event [to a vaccine] was greater than the risk of getting COVID and recovering. So I made a decision that was in the best interest of my body.”
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