Report: Aaron Rodgers slams President Biden in ESPN interview
Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has garnered a lot of attention for his on-court play this season as he led his team to a 13-4 record and the NFC’s top playoff seed. But he has also made several headlines off the court due to his COVID-19 vaccination status and his stance on the matter.
Via a riveting report on Rodgers by ESPN’s Kevin Van Valkenburg on Friday, Rodgers made waves again, this time taking aim at President Joe Biden.
Rodgers, during a 28-minute phone call with Van Valkenburg, covered several topics including his experience on the ManningCast, his relationship with Joe Rogan, his frequent appearances on The Pat McAfee Show and, of course, football. But it was a few lines about the Commander-in-Chief that elicited the most reactions among readers.
According to TMZ, it was revealed that Biden told a Packers fan he wanted Rodgers to get the shot while visiting Kentucky after a week of deadly tornadoes in December.
Rodgers reportedly got wind of the incident and wasn’t happy. In the ESPN report, he criticized Biden for classifying the pandemic as an “unvaccinated pandemic,” which the president said during an official statement from the White House on Sept. 9. He also expressed his distrust of the CDC and commented on Biden’s public speaking ability. .
The quote, via ESPN, includes an editor’s note on a CDC study regarding the effectiveness of the vaccine:
“In December, he was upset when President Joe Biden, while touring tornado-ravaged towns in Kentucky, joked with a woman wearing a Packers jacket that she should tell Rodgers to to get vaccinated.
“When the President of the United States says, ‘It’s an unvaccinated pandemic,’ it’s because he and his constituents, who I don’t know how there are if you look at any of his public speaking attempts, but I guess he got 81 million votes,” Rodgers said Thursday. “But when you say things like that, and then you have the CDC, who, how do they trust yourself but then they come out and talk about 75% of COVID deaths have at least four comorbidities and you still have this fake White House set saying it’s the unvaccinated pandemic, that doesn’t not help the conversation.
(Editor’s note: The CDC study found that in a group of 1.2 million people who were fully vaccinated between December 2020 and October 2021, 36 of them had a death associated with COVID-19 – and that of these 36 people, 28 or about 78% had at least four of the eight risk factors.)
Rodgers has come under intense scrutiny this season, and this interview likely won’t do much to change that. That said, it hasn’t affected his game much. Rodgers is considered by most the favorite to win the league MVP award for the second season in a row.
The timing of the interview is also interesting, given that the Packers will face the 49ers in just over 24 hours. Much of the conversation leading up to the game may, again, not be about the game itself.
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