Aaron Rodgers won’t be breaking NFL protocol at press conferences anymore.
And he will do that by ducking in-person media.
Instead of doing in-person media with a mask, Rodgers will be fulfilling his obligations over Zoom, according to ESPN’s Rob Demovsky. Continuing to give in-person media without a mask would have resulted in fines for breaching COVID-19 protocol.
Rodgers had been doing just that all year, which accounted for part of the reason his unvaccinated status came as a surprise. The larger part of that was, of course, due to him saying in August he had been “immunized”, which it turned out was a reference not to the vaccine, but to homeopathic remedies.
Rodgers missed last week’s Packers-Chiefs game after testing positive for the virus. He made things worse for himself in an interview with Pat McAfee, blasting the “woke mob” and “cancel culture” for the criticism around his half-truths. He also lost an endorsement deal with Prevea Health.
He’ll be back on Sunday against the Seahawks in a game where Russell Wilson will also return from injury. Seattle, at 3-5, is in much greater need of a win than Green Bay.
Almost as interesting as the game, though, will be Rodgers’ comments afterward. It’ll be the first time he faces assembled media since testing positive.
On the plus side for him, at least, he won’t need to put on a mask.