After starring in an unhinged interview on The Pat McAfee Show where he destroyed the public good will he had accrued over the course of his 17-year career, Aaron Rodgers has found an unlikely ally in his crusade against the COVID-19 vaccine.
Rodgers, the reigning NFL MVP, was placed on the league’s COVID-19 list on Wednesday, after testing positive for the virus. It was revealed shortly after that the Packers quarterback never received a valid set of vaccine doses. Rather, Rodgers received homeopathic treatment from his personal physician, which he erroneously believed would render him immunized against the virus.
The interview was widely scrutinized and Rodgers was soundly roasted for his dangerous and incorrect beliefs about COVID-19. However, the mockery wasn’t unanimous in the sports world as former Ottawa Senators forward and Nashville Predators captain Mike Fisher presented an impassioned defense of Rodgers’ views on his Instagram page on Sunday.
Fisher — who, outside of select parts of Canada is best known as the husband of country music superstar Carrie Underwood — wrote that the NHL and NFL are “ignoring the science” and believes that vaccine requirements are about demanding control over people’s lives — as opposed to the actual global scientific consensus that vaccines are the only effective way to reach an end to the pandemic.
During the interview with McAfee, Rodgers went completely off the rails, revealing in short order that he took Ivermectin — a controversial medication used to treat parasite infestations, which isn’t effective against COVID-19, made a false parable to a woman’s right to an abortion by invoking the pro-bodily autonomy slogan “my body, my choice,” said he doesn’t wear his mask around vaccinated people — which wouldn’t be an issue were he vaccinated — and finally, compared himself to civil rights leader Martin Luther King.
It’s not as if Aaron Rodgers and Mike Fisher are the first people who come to mind when you’d want to make an informed scientific decision, but if these guys want to declare their objection to the vaccine that it’s about having control over their lives, then I’ll certainly invoke my right to roast the living hell out of them — particularly Rodgers, as he still very much exists in the public eye as opposed to his newfound pal.
Rodgers invoked his right to be viewed, at best, as a staunch contrarian without a cause, and at worst, an ignorant, insulated celebrity with actively dangerous views about the still ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
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