Outspoken NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Terry Bradshaw did not hold back in his all-out blitz on Green Bay star Aaron Rodgers for lying about his vaccination status.
During a pregame broadcast of Fox NFL Sunday from the Naval Academy in Annapolis, the Pittsburgh Steelers legend-turned-broadcaster called out the prevaricating Packer, who was forced to sit out the game against the Kansas City Chiefs following a positive COVID test.
The unvaccinated quarterback had been playing all season for the first-place Packers after misleadingly claiming he was ‘immunized.’
‘It would have been nice if he had just come to the Naval Academy and learned how to be honest,’ Bradshaw said, drawing cheers from the crowd of sailors in attendance. ‘Learn not to lie, because that’s what you did, Aaron. You lied to everyone.’
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‘Learn not to lie, because that’s what you did, Aaron. You lied to everyone,’ Bradshaw said during a pregame broadcast of Fox NFL Sunday
Bradshaw shared some harsh advice to Aaron Rodgers, (pictured) who missed the Packers’ game after it was revealed he tested positive for COVID and is unvaccinated
Rodgers admitted on Friday that he was using the anti-parasite drug Ivermectin to treat his COVID infection on the advise of podcaster Joe Rogan.
‘I understand ‘immunized.’ What you were doing was taking stuff that would keep you from getting COVID-19. You got COVID-19. Ivermectin is a cattle dewormer. Sorry, folks, that’s what it is,’ Bradshaw continued, spouting his own misconception of the controversial drug.
‘We are a divided nation politically. We are a divided nation on the COVID-19, whether or not to take the vaccine. And unfortunately, we’ve got players that pretty much think only about themselves. And I’m extremely disappointed in the actions of Aaron Rodgers,’ Bradshaw added.
Rodgers is likely to face fines but not suspension if he is found to have violated COVID protocols as the NFL continues its investigation by conducting interviews with Green Bay Packers personnel, the NFL Network reported.
The star quarterback came under fire after he appeared on the Pat McAfee show on Friday to speak publicly for the first time since his positive test.
He revealed he received a ‘homeopathic treatment’ from his personal doctor to avoid NFL vaccine requirements – despite misleading claims that he was ‘immunized’ in August.
On Saturday, Rodgers was dropped by Prevea Health after a nine-year partnership after he defended taking alternative treatment instead of getting vaccinated.
Rodgers was reportedly ‘furious’ that it was leaked that he was unvaccinated after he tested positive for COVID-19.
The star quarterback came under fire after he appeared on the Pat McAfee show on Friday to speak publicly for the first time since his positive test
The SNL episode featured Cecily Strong as Judge Jeanine interviewing Davidson – who portrayed Rodgers – in the fictional Fox News’ ‘Justice with Judge Jeanine’ segment
He said he was ‘immunized’ in August and repeatedly did not wear a mask in settings in which they would be appropriate, according to NBC.
It later emerged that Rodgers had received a homeopathic treatment from his personal doctor and sought an exemption on this grounds to the NFL’s vaccination rules which was rejected, according to the NFL Network. The NFL denied his exemption.
Rodgers chose his words carefully when speaking about the vaccine at training camp back in August. Instead of saying he was ‘vaccinated,’ Rodgers said he was ‘immunized,’ which some presumed to mean that he had received the injection.
However, Rodgers may have meant that he had COVID-19 antibodies from a previous infection.
‘You know, there’s a lot of conversation around it, around the league, and a lot of guys who have made statements and not made statements, owners who have made statements,’ Rodgers said when asked about the vaccine in August. ‘There’s guys on the team that haven’t been vaccinated. I think it’s a personal decision. I’m not going to judge those guys. There are guys that’ve been vaccinated that have contracted COVID. It’s an interesting issue that I think we’re going to see played out the entire season.’
NFL players are only encouraged to get the vaccine, while all Tier 1 and 2 personnel, which includes coaches, are required to get the injection.
The protocols for unvaccinated players remain largely the same as they were for everyone during the 2020 season. The difference now, since the release of several vaccines, is that players who have gotten the injections are free from certain testing, distancing, and mask protocols.
Unvaccinated players, however, need to distance, wear masks, and get daily tests.
‘It’s going to be interesting to see how things work moving forward,’ Rodgers said in August. ‘Obviously there could be some issues with vaccinated people only testing every couple weeks and then non-vaccinated testing every day.’
On Saturday, Rodgers was mocked by SNL star Pete Davidson during the show’s cold open.
The SNL episode featured Cecily Strong as Judge Jeanine interviewing Davidson – who portrayed Rodgers – in the fictional Fox News’ ‘Justice with Judge Jeanine’ segment.
‘Suddenly the woke mob is coming after me. It’s gotten so bad, State Farm called and they’re not giving me the Aaron Rodgers break,’ Davidson says in character, in a reference to Rodgers commercial partnership with the insurer, which could now be under threat.
In the skit, Strong’s take on Pirro continues: ‘You said you didn’t get the vaccine because it might make you sterile, which is so insane, I’m jealous I didn’t say it.’
Davidson then replies that Rodgers record is ‘7-1. Meaning of the 8 people I have infected, seven are fine.’
‘Wow! Call this guy the bottom of the Snapple cap because she’s got facts,’ Strong says before continuing to ‘interview’ another guest in the parody segment.