The NFL has fined the Green Bay Packers $300,000 for violations of the COVID protocols agreed on by the league and the NFLPA. The league is also fining Aaron Rodgers and Packers wide receiver Allen Lazard $14,650.
The fines stem from a Halloween party Rodgers and Lazard, who is not vaccinated, attended. The NFL/NFLPA protocols state non-vaccinated players may not participate in outside functions where three or more people are present. The team’s fine stems from, while not sanctioning the party, being aware of the event and neither disciplining Rodgers and Lazard for attending nor reporting the incident to the league.
This is the latest development in the ongoing story of how the media has unleashed its full fury on Rodgers for trusting a homeopathic approach to preventing COVID. It didn’t work. However, the media is just as furiously sweeping under the rug news about multiple players in the NFL and other sports who have tested positive for COVID despite being “fully” vaccinated. Of course it is, as such pesky facts go against The Narrative that anyone who refuses to take any of the available COVID vaccines is Typhoid Mary reincarnate. Oh, wait, we keep seeing stories about vaccinated players testing positive? Um … SQUIRREL!
Back to Rodgers. On today’s Pat McAfee Show, he issued a non-apology apology for what he said last week so skillfully worded many mistakenly assumed a politician gave it.
"I acknowledge that I made some comments that people might have felt were misleading.. to anybody who felt misled by those comments I take full responsibility" ~@AaronRodgers12#PatMcAfeeShowLIVE pic.twitter.com/i9F7ojd8w8
— Pat McAfee (@PatMcAfeeShow) November 9, 2021
Meanwhile, Rodgers’ fiancé, Shailene Woodley, is standing by her man with a tenacity that would have made Tammy Wynette proud. On Instagram, she took to task a photo allegedly showing Rodgers out and about in Los Angeles, colorfully stating in no uncertain terms it wasn’t Rodgers in the picture (caution: language).
The entire matter is an exercise in farcical excess. Instead of fining players, shouldn’t the NFL send a bill to whichever pharmaceutical company made whichever vaccine a player took that came down with COVID anyway, asking them to pay 1/17th of the player’s salary for each game they miss? It’ll never happen, but it would make far more sense than screaming at Aaron Rodgers for having the nerve to be the NFL’s boy at the end of the parade of the emperor’s new clothes making all in attendance admit their foolishness at pretending COVID vaccines cover much of anything. If anything at all.