The Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has been targeted by the left and by cancel culture over the past week after he tested positive for COVID-19 and it was revealed that he has not been vaccinated. Now, his estranged father Ed Rodgers is speaking out to defend him, saying that he is “proud of” the way his son has approached the vaccines.
“I think he tried to probably treat himself naturally, like a lot of folks do. And there’s a lot of great natural things out there, which help mitigate the virus. So I’m proud of him. I’m proud that he went that route,” Ed told USA Today.
While Ed said that he has not spoken to Aaron since he tested positive, he added that “things are progressing” in their strained relationship.
“The main thing (is) I just support him. I’m proud of him. I trust his judgment and decisions,” Ed said. “I think that’s what I would’ve done.”
Aaron reportedly stopped talking to his family members in 2014 for reasons that are not fully known.
“Fame can change things,” Ed told The New York Times in 2017. “It’s complicated.”
Despite the backlash that he has received for not being vaccinated, Aaron has stood by his actions.
“Some of the rules, to me, are not based in science at all. They’re purely trying to out and shame people, like needing to wear a mask at a podium when every person in the room is vaccinated and wearing a mask — makes no sense to me,” Aaron said last week, according to Fox News. “I have followed every single protocol to a tee, minus the one I just mentioned because it actually makes no sense to me. My daily routine is the routine of an unvaccinated person.”
“I understand that this issue, in general, is very charging to a lot of people because we’re talking about public health. I totally respect that. I made a decision that was in the best interest based on consulting with my doctors,” Aaron said in another interview, according to People Magazine. “I understand that not everybody’s gonna understand that necessarily, but I respect everybody’s opinion.”
“I’m an athlete, I’m not an activist,” he added. “So I’m going to get back to doing what I do best, and that’s playing ball. I shared my opinion. It wasn’t one that was come to frivolously, it involved a lot of study and what I felt like was in my best interest for my body.”
Aaron previously explained that he is allergic to an ingredient in the mRNA vaccines (Pfizer and Moderna), and did not want to receive the Johnson & Johnson vaccine because he “had heard of multiple people who had had adverse events around getting the J&J.”
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