Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers made his first public comments Friday after testing positive for COVID-19. Rodgers made his usual appearance on the Pat McAfee show, where he spoke about the "woke mob" and "cancel culture" while trying to defend his actions.

McAfee thanked Rodgers for coming on the program, and gave Rodgers an open floor to start the discussion. Rodgers began by blaming the "woke mob" for coming at him.

"I realize I'm in the crosshairs of the woke mob right now," Rodgers said. "So before my final nail gets put in my cancel culture casket, I think I would like to set the record straight on so many of the blatant lies that are out there about myself."

Rodgers then shifted responsibility to the media, saying reporters were "on a witch hunt" to identify which players were vaccinated. He also blamed reporters at the press conference where Rodgers said he was "immunized." Rodgers said if any reporter asked a follow-up question, Rodgers would have explained he's "not an anti-vax flat earther," but that he's a "critical thinker." 

Rodgers claimed he did plenty of research on the vaccines, but said he was allergic to something in both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. He then said he was scared off by some of the side effects that came with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

After ruling out those options, Rodgers said he underwent an extensive treatment at home after talking to "medical professionals." Rodgers did not go into detail on that treatment plan. 

Once he reported, Rodgers asked the Packers to "accept my immunization status as under their vaccination protocol." Rodgers said he didn't believe the league's protocols were based on science, and was instituted to shame players to get a COVID-19 vaccine. The league informed Rodgers he was considered unvaccinated.

Rodgers said he started to feel sick Tuesday night and tested positive Wednesday. He said he "didn't feel great" Thursday, but feels better Friday. 

Rodgers continued to speak uninterrupted. He invoked "my body, my choice," thanked Joe Rogan for giving Rodgers advice and quoted Martin Luther King Jr.

Rodgers: "The great MLK said, 'You have a moral obligation to object to unjust rules and rules that make no sense.'"

— Matt Schneidman (@mattschneidman) November 5, 2021

Since Rodgers is unvaccinated, he must miss 10 days under NFL protocol. He will not be available to play when the Packers take on the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 9. Jordan Love will start at quarterback with Rodgers out. 

This story will be updated.


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