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Aaron Rodgers claims people are rooting against Packers because of his vaccine status, tries hard to be ‘shameless myself’

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Aaron Rodgers claims people are rooting against Packers because of his vaccine status, tries hard to be ‘shameless myself’

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Even despite massive public backlash, Aaron Rodgers said his outspoken nature isn’t likely to change any time soon.

Appearing weekly on “The Pat McAfee Show,” Rodgers defended his comments in a recent ESPN story where he was described as being “unapologetically himself.”

In Rodgers’ case, that involved exposing “this fake White House,” as well as spreading misinformation about vaccines and COVID-19 and claiming he was being censored and silenced despite an interview with the “world leader in sport”.

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“There were parts of answers that weren’t whole like the answer about the president and some of the answers were cut down, of course, but I stand by what I said in that interview,” Rodgers said. “Most of us are what we strive to be – we strive to be ourselves and to be authentic. There are parts of us that kinda die inside. when he has to act or play a role or not be ourselves.”

He then addressed the situation from the summer when he made his now infamous ‘immune’ comment regarding his vaccination status and said if there had been a follow up question he would have expanded on it.

It was Rodgers’ way of answering a question he considered unavoidable and even called it a ‘witch hunt’, while claiming he was on the right side of these issues and that’s everyone. which will change air and play the nobility. card by acknowledging that he was preparing to be in the crosshairs in the event of a follow-up.

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“I really felt like at some point I was going to have to talk about it. I was interested to see how it would start and there was a witch hunt for sure. Who gets vaccinated, who isn’t, who can we be ashamed of the COVID change narrative, you’re going to see a lot of people backtracking and changing the story and revising what happened.

But Rodgers felt that some of the policies imposed by the league were all part of a larger NFL effort to forgo real safety and simply shame unvaccinated players and increase the league’s vaccination count.

“It was my contention and it still is today, that some of the policies imposed by the league on the unvaccinated had nothing to do with health and were more a matter of shame than anything else.” , did he declare.

Elsewhere in the interview, Rodgers went on to say that politics is “a sham” and that he doesn’t want to be an activist or a politicized person, although he takes on both roles and discusses topics. policies.

He also took the spotlight away from himself and said the problem wasn’t so much with his comments as it was with everyone else.

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“This issue is so politicized and so triggering for people that it’s hard to hear the words of dissenting opinion if you’re living your life in an echo chamber filled with confirmation bias. I don’t want my opinions empower anti-vaxxers and trigger vax people… I want to be someone who has an opinion and is open to hearing both sides because that’s what we need most in this country. “

Rodgers finally admitted that what he’s said this season and his vaccine status has been polarizing and divisive, but that wasn’t his intention.

Due to his vaccine status, or lack thereof, Rodgers said he felt people were rooting for him in the Packers’ 13-10 loss to San Francisco in Saturday’s NFC Divisional Round game. .

“There were a ton of people who tuned in, who opposed us for one reason and one reason only – it was because of my vaccination status and they wanted to see us lose so they could continue. “, did he declare.

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