Aaron Rodgers responded to rumors that he was potentially boycotting the Super Bowl over the NFL COVID-19 rules by tweeting jokes about the claim.
During his CBS Sports NFL Today podcast, Boomer Esiason shared a text message he received from an unknown source about the Packers QB on Friday.
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The “source” indicated that Rodgers would boycott the Super Bowl because of the NFL’s COVID-19 rules, a rule that asymptomatic players must test.
But it is important to realize that this story has more context.
Esiason and his co-host, Gregg Giannotti, later admitted that they believed the text was a joke.
Giannotti released the clip with that conclusion, seven minutes before Rodgers bragged about the rumor on Twitter.
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Rodgers first tweeted Esaison’s first video reading the source text, using 10 hashtags in his caption, one of which is “#fakenews”.
Shortly afterwards, Packers training quarterback Kurt Benkert joined the interview. Rodgers asked Benkert if he was the source who sent Esaison a message, and Benkert toyed with it, even Benedict Arnold thought.
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Then the backup quarterback Packers Jordan Love joined in and said he was the source. Rodgers also made fun of love.
Rodgers is unvaccinated, as it turned out, when he tested positive for the virus in early November. Packers quarterback was criticized for his earlier statement that he had been “immunized.” Ever since he tested positive, Rodgers has not refrained from commenting on COVID-19 and how the NFL treats it.
Esaison and Giannotti play a dangerous game in sending free information to the world, especially around Aaron Rodgers. Packers QB has been at odds with various publications and members of the media over perceived misinformation about the effect of COVID-19 on his injured toe and his rank for the NFL MVP award based on vaccination status.
The latest gaff from Esaison and Giannotti is another log in the fire for Rodgers.
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Although the Packers have won a number one in the NFC, Rodgers will still play against the Lions on Sunday in the last game of the Packers’ base this year.