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Green Bay star Aaron Rodgers blames ‘wake crowd’ for targeting him over vaccine status

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers claims he has been targeted by the “awake crowd” and a “witch hunt” in the media for not being vaccinated after testing positive for COVID-19 earlier this week, saying that he’s fighting his infection with ivermectin on the advice of podcaster Joe Rogan.

Rodgers, who will miss Sunday’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs, appeared on the Pat McAfee show Friday to speak publicly for the first time since his positive test.

“I realize I’m in the crosshairs of the waking crowd right now,” Rodgers said. “So before I put my last nail in my cancel culture box, I think I want to set the record straight on so many of the blatant lies out there about myself.”

The reigning NFL MVP has been criticized for suggesting he was vaccinated in August. When asked if he’d gotten the shot at the time, Rodgers said, “yes, I’ve been immunized,” leading him to think he’d been vaccinated.

On Friday, Rodgers told McAfee that he would have cleared up any confusion if the reporters had asked follow-up questions. Rodgers said he allegedly told the media he’s not a “no anti-vax flat earther” — a possible reference to unvaccinated Nets security guard Kyrie Irving — and that he’s instead a “critical thinker.”

Rodgers’ vaccination status became clear this week when it was revealed that he will not be with the Packers for 10 days – the minimum time an unvaccinated player is asked to go into quarantine after testing positive, according to league rules. NFL Network also reported that he is not vaccinated.

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers claims he has been targeted by the “awake crowd” for not being vaccinated after testing positive for COVID-19 earlier this week, and says he is fighting his infection with ivermectin on advice from podcaster Joe Rogan

Rodgers (center), who will miss Sunday's game against the Kansas City Chiefs, appeared on the Pat McAfee (left) show Friday to speak publicly for the first time since his positive test

Rodgers (center), who will miss Sunday’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs, appeared on the Pat McAfee (left) show Friday to speak publicly for the first time since his positive test

On the advice of podcaster Joe Rogan (pictured), Rodgers takes Ivermectin to treat COVID

On the advice of podcaster Joe Rogan (pictured), Rodgers takes Ivermectin to treat COVID

As Rodgers told McAfee, he didn’t get the COVID-19 vaccine because of an allergy, but declared himself immunized due to a treatment prescribed to him by his doctor.

“I’m allergic to an ingredient in the mRNA vaccines,” Rodgers said. ‘I have found a long-term vaccination protocol to protect myself and I am very proud of the research that has been done on it.’

According to an NFL Network report, Rodgers received homeopathic treatment to boost his antibody levels and asked the NFL to review his status. The league noted that there is no such waiver, and ruled that Rodgers had not been vaccinated, subjecting him to stricter pandemic protocols.

Rodgers confirmed that report on Friday, saying he had asked the team to “accept my vaccination status as per their vaccination protocol,” but the league declined.

Rodgers borrowed the phrase “my body, my choice” from pro-choice lawyers, arguing that health is not “one size fits all.”

“I strongly believe in the body’s autonomy and the ability to make choices for your body — not to acquiesce to some waking culture or insane group of individuals telling you to do something,” he said.

Rodgers and the Packers are 7-1 on the year

Rodgers and the Packers are 7-1 on the year

The 37-year-old also said he thinks the public has not critically considered the vaccine’s effects.

“The vaccines certainly offer some protection, but there’s a lot we don’t know about them,” he said, adding that natural immunity has a lot to offer.

“If you’ve got Covid and recovered from it, that’s the best immunity boost you can have.”

Rodgers’ claim is not supported by research from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which found that the vaccination protects people better from COVID-19 infection than antibodies against previous infections. One study found that unvaccinated patients who were hospitalized were five times more likely to get COVID-19 than those who had been vaccinated in the past three to six months.

He also invoked the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to illustrate its stance against vaccine mandates.

“As an aside, the great MLK said, ‘You have a moral duty to object to unjust rules and rules that make no sense,'” Rodgers said. ‘I don’t think it makes any sense. I test every day. Every day.’

Rodgers said he started feeling stuck on Tuesday and is only just starting to feel better after not feeling “great” on Thursday.

To treat his infection, Rodgers said he is relying on the advice of Rogan, who was among the leading skeptics of the COVID-19 vaccine in America.

“I consulted a good friend of mine, Joe Rogan, and I’ve done many of the things he recommended in his podcast,” Rodgers said.

Rodgers said he was given monoclonal antibodies and taken ivermectin — a drug used to make animals work in its veterinary form that has not been proven to treat COVID-19. The FDA has not approved the drug for use in preventing or treating coronavirus in humans and has warned patients against taking veterinary ivermectin.

Due to competition protocols, Rodgers will not be allowed to return to the team before November 13, and possibly later. Unvaccinated players who test positive for COVID-19 must be off the team for a minimum of 10 days and must be asymptomatic before returning.

The Packers will host the Seattle Seahawks a day later on November 14.

NFL players are only encouraged to get the vaccine, while all Tier 1 and 2 personnel, including coaches, must get the shot.

The protocols for unvaccinated players will remain largely the same as for everyone else during the 2020 season. The difference now, since the release of several vaccines, is that players who have received the injections are free from certain testing, distance and mask protocols.

However, unvaccinated players are required to distance themselves, wear masks and undergo daily tests.

“It’s going to be interesting to see how things work in the future,” Rodgers said in August. “Obviously there can be problems with vaccinated people testing only every few weeks and then testing unvaccinated every day.”

The Packers (7-1) have a seven-game winning streak and are on par with the Rams and Cardinals for the best record in the NFL.

The protocols for unvaccinated players will remain largely the same as for everyone else during the 2020 season. The difference now, since the release of several vaccines, is that players who have received the injections are free from certain testing, distance and mask protocols.  However, unvaccinated players are required to distance themselves, wear masks and undergo daily tests

The protocols for unvaccinated players will remain largely the same as for everyone else during the 2020 season. The difference now, since the release of several vaccines, is that players who have received the injections are free from certain testing, distance and mask protocols. However, unvaccinated players are required to distance themselves, wear masks and undergo daily tests

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