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Aaron Rodgers has lost friends, allies, millions over his COVID-19 beliefs

Aaron Rodgers hasn't been able to share his opinions on "The Pat McAfee Show" for a few weeks when his weekly appearances ended for the season last month following the controversy with late-night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel.

That doesn't mean the New York Jets quarterback has gone silent. He's gone to another friend and podcast to dive into a bevy of topics: "The Joe Rogan Experience." His episode dropped on Spotify Wednesday.

For over two hours, the four-time NFL MVP, whose positions about current events and conspiracies have been in the open in recent years, and the popular-yet-controversial podcast host provided their takes on the world's problems.

One subject they touched on, not surprisingly, was COVID-19. And Rodgers, again, claimed he won't be quiet about the topic.

For over three years, Rodgers' views on COVID-19 and vaccines have been central to his message when he's not on the football field.

"I’m going to continue talking about this because it’s important to me," Rodgers told Rogan. "I don’t want the memories to be lost. I don’t want what I went through to get brushed over. And also I don’t give a (expletive)."

Rodgers said his opinions about the pandemic have cost him.

"Look at my situation, I lost friends, allies in the media, millions of dollars in sponsorship because I talked about what worked for me in my own beliefs and my own health reasons why I didn’t get vaccinated," Rodgers told Rogan.

What's Rodgers' connection to Rogan and how has he expressed his views about COVID-19 in recent years? Here's a recap and how it weaved into his lengthy chat with Rogan:

Rodgers, of course, first drew a firestorm of attention during the 2021 NFL season for his positions around COVID-19. It dates to when he insinuated he was vaccinated during a Green Bay Packers training camp press conference after he said he was "immunized."

However, his actual vaccination status didn't come to light until his positive diagnosis in November 2021 since there were different thresholds for unvaccinated players in returning to play.

He then went on McAfee's show a few days later and started to unload on the NFL for what he called its "draconian" health and safety protocols that year, "woke culture," revealed that he sent the league a 500-page report on why he should have been considered vaccinated due to his homeopathic treatments, and said there was a witch hunt for unvaccinated players.

In the years since, Rodgers has championed other athletes who have been against the vaccine and recently has been vocal about Dr. Anthony Fauci and Travis Kelce, the Kansas City Chiefs tight end who has advocated for the Pfizer vaccine.

"You stand for something, you stand courageously for what you believe in or the opposite side of that is saying nothing or being a coward," Rodgers said to Rogan. "I wasn’t willing to do that. Say whatever you want about the way I went about doing it."

Rodgers first made public his friendship with Rogan on McAfee's show days after he tested positive for COVID-19 in 2021.

He said Rogan gave him medical recommendations on treatments, which included ivermectin, an anti-parasitic drug that has not been authorized or approved for use in preventing or treating COVID-19 by the FDA. Rodgers again vouched for the drug during his appearance on Rogan's show this week. Rogan has been a critic of COVID vaccines and two years ago 270 doctors called for Spotify to take action against Rogan over narratives his guests had shared about the vaccine.

Nevertheless, Rodgers praised the longform conversations that Rogan has on his podcast. Rogan's podcast is the most-listened to podcast on Spotify the last three years and he recently signed a new multimillion dollar deal. Besides hosting the podcast, Rogan is a longtime UFC commentator and stand-up comedian.

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by Anonymousreply 35February 11, 2024 8:14 PM

Rodgers claimed that people "didn't do critical thinking" during the pandemic and alleged that "as more research comes out, there’s more papers published in very reputable scientific publications that talk about all of the things I was stumping for and talking about." What exact scientific publications he was referring to wasn't clear.

When Rogan referred to Rodgers as a "revered athlete," the Jets QB corrected him and said "less revered now."

Rodgers lost his partnership with a local medical affiliate in Wisconsin in 2021 during the initial COVID controversy backlash. Despite saying he wants to stay out of politics he has essentially endorsed presidential candidate Robert Kennedy Jr. due to their shared viewpoint on the vaccine. Rodgers often invokes the likes of Joe Biden and Donald Trump as well.

The 40-year-old wouldn't change any of it.

"In the end, I believe what I did and what I stand for is a tough position to be in," Rodgers said. "But I think it’s (an) important responsibility to continue to speak up and use my voice to give other people the permission to stand up as well because there’s a lot of people that believe a lot of the things that I believe in that don’t have the opportunity to do it, don’t have the courage to do it, don’t have the platform to do it in.

"I feel like I can speak for some of those people and hold the line to some of those people regardless what crosshairs that puts me in with certain media members."

Rodgers' and Kimmel's long-running feud recently intensified when the Jets quarterback mentioned Kimmel's name on McAfee's show while discussing a soon-to-be-released list of associates of accused sex trafficker and child abuser Jeffrey Epstein.

Rodgers and Rogan ended the podcast addressing that controversy.

"That's a big accusation that I wouldn't make," Rodgers said. He claimed he was taken out of context by the media with his initial statement about Kimmel.

Rodgers said he would have no problem having a conversation with Kimmel in-person.

by Anonymousreply 1February 9, 2024 8:28 PM


by Anonymousreply 2February 9, 2024 8:39 PM

The closet kills.

by Anonymousreply 3February 9, 2024 8:40 PM

Is Kevin one of those “friends”?

by Anonymousreply 4February 9, 2024 8:41 PM

I feel sorry for him. He might be in the closet but at least he was not afraid to speak his mind. A lot if the other closet cases in Hollywood (like most of the marvel actors) are pro-vax, pro-democrat, solely because they know that if they don't spread leftwing propaganda, they will lose their a-list status. Aaron therefore has balls.

by Anonymousreply 5February 9, 2024 8:42 PM

Hi Aaron at R5!

Welcome to Datalounge.

by Anonymousreply 6February 9, 2024 8:45 PM

r5, fuck off back to wherever trolls come from.

by Anonymousreply 7February 9, 2024 8:45 PM

I don't care what this fading himbo thinks or says. His days in the sun are almost over. Bye.

by Anonymousreply 8February 9, 2024 8:46 PM

What a faggot!

by Anonymousreply 9February 9, 2024 8:47 PM

I smell a political career in his near future.

I wonder if MAGATS would vote for him?

by Anonymousreply 10February 9, 2024 8:49 PM

Has he been sodomized?

by Anonymousreply 11February 9, 2024 8:50 PM

Who wants to listen to ANYONE talk for 2 hours, let alone this nutjob.

by Anonymousreply 12February 9, 2024 8:51 PM

I think Aaron is a top, R11.

Especially if he was in a relationship with that nelly queen Kevin Lanflisi.

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by Anonymousreply 13February 9, 2024 8:53 PM

R5 is one of those rightwing, self-loathing gays who thinks that science is crap, democrats are all evil, Joe Rogan is a genius, and that gays deserve no rights because, well, yes, he feels he has enough and doesn't care if anyone else has anything.

by Anonymousreply 14February 9, 2024 8:53 PM

Play stupid games, win stupid prizes.

by Anonymousreply 15February 9, 2024 8:54 PM

Ivermectin was proven to be bullshit but he thinks he knows more than doctors and scientists

And what is "woke" about believing in vaccines?

by Anonymousreply 16February 9, 2024 8:57 PM

How many tops did he lose?

by Anonymousreply 17February 9, 2024 8:58 PM

[quote] Play stupid games, win stupid prizes.

Is that a dig at Jeopardy?

by Anonymousreply 18February 9, 2024 9:01 PM

Idiot closet case

by Anonymousreply 19February 9, 2024 9:05 PM

r5 is also:

*Is Datalounge on its deathbed?*

[quote]I became a right winger after I saw what the left did to Europe: Inviting gay-killing muslims.

by Anonymousreply 20February 9, 2024 9:16 PM

His teammates couldn't stand him. That's telling.

by Anonymousreply 21February 9, 2024 9:24 PM

It's fine to not always accept at face value what your government or scientists or subject matter experts tell you. But if you decide to do so, you should be able to then conduct your own research and analysis objectively and come to a common sense conclusion based on critical thinking using valid science backed evidence. Coming up with or parroting conspiracy theory talking points and voicing them publicly is the very antithesis of thinking for yourself. You have then devolved to only become part of a contrarian echo chamber. Personally people who fall for this shit are either delusional or are on the path of mental decline.

by Anonymousreply 22February 9, 2024 9:35 PM

wacko is as wacko does. Maybe he can pal around with John Rocker.

by Anonymousreply 23February 9, 2024 9:43 PM

Putting his loss into perspective that would be like someone with $20,000 in the bank losing $200.

by Anonymousreply 24February 9, 2024 10:20 PM

Aaron is an attractive hunk. So manly despite being gay. Admit it. Some of y'all want a republican-acting hubby like that 💋

by Anonymousreply 25February 9, 2024 11:06 PM

I ate some clay and horse dewormer and it cleared up that Covid!

by Anonymousreply 26February 9, 2024 11:23 PM

Hi Kevin Lanflisi at R25!

Is your gaping hole still throbbing, thinking of Aaron's cock penetrating you?

Self loathing WHORE!

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by Anonymousreply 27February 10, 2024 12:18 AM

R24 true. The “millions he’s lost” has not and will never make any material difference in his life. And it’s so unbecoming when any person (athlete, actor, etc) in his position whines like such a bitch.

by Anonymousreply 28February 10, 2024 12:46 AM

The Rodgers/Lanflisi romance timeline.


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by Anonymousreply 29February 10, 2024 2:30 AM

Anyone who considered taking Ivermectin is an idiot.

by Anonymousreply 30February 10, 2024 7:03 PM

R27 Aaron has a cute smile

by Anonymousreply 31February 10, 2024 9:07 PM

Is he circumcised?

by Anonymousreply 32February 11, 2024 8:00 PM

Don’t you have homework or chores to do R32?

by Anonymousreply 33February 11, 2024 8:07 PM

Please. Lanflisi got married to a woman. He’d have zero room to talk about being closeted.

by Anonymousreply 34February 11, 2024 8:12 PM

I’m sure Kev was paid handsomely to shut his trap and to create a sham marriage.

They were just bros being bros.

by Anonymousreply 35February 11, 2024 8:14 PM
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