Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers didn’t beat around the bush when he called out the sports media and entertainment industry, claiming he’s “been cast as the villain” over his stance on COVID vaccines.
During an appearance on “The Pat McAfee Show” on Tuesday, the 39-year-old said his remarks on the shots made him the enemy.
“There’s heroes and villains in sports and entertainment, and I think, because of my stance on COVID and maybe some other things, I’ve been cast as the villain,” Rodgers explained. “Especially the last few years.”
“And so, that is the way that a lot of things I say are often interpreted,” he added, noting that he couldn’t care less how people feel about his comments.
“This woke culture wants to be offended by everything,” the four-time NFL MVP continued. “You just go online and find something you don’t agree with. ‘I’m offended! How could you possibly say that?’ I don’t really care. I don’t care who it’s coming from or who said it.”
Rodgers made headlines last year when he was accused of misleading comments about his vaccination status, saying he was “immunized.” However, it was later revealed that he had not been vaccinated.
He then said the same media criticizing him most likely was being supported by ad revenue from vaccine companies like Pfizer and Moderna.
“And it’s a station that may or may not have in the past been brought to you by Pfizer,” Rodgers said. “Then they gotta make sure that their villain gets cast in the correct light. And whether or not they’re sponsored by Pfizer, Moderna, or Johnson & Johnson, whatever it might be.”
“When you go up against some of those powers that be, put yourself in the crosshairs, they’re going to paint you in a certain way,” he added. “And that’s what the media did to me a couple years ago. That’s fine; that’s their prerogative. … But I think I responded pretty good in those times, and I’m glad I went through that. Anything that comes after that, it’s small potatoes, bro.”