Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has found some controversy again.
And it was entirely self-created.
Rodgers recently appeared on the hugely popular Joe Rogan Experiment podcast and he made some admissions that will likely be talked about for days.
The future Hall of Fame quarterback told Rogan that he had planned to tell reporters that he had been immunized for COVID-19 last season despite not receiving the vaccine.
Rodgers didn’t lie. He just didn’t tell the whole truth.
No one thought any different about the Packers quarterback’s vaccination status until later in the season when he tested positive for COVID-19 and had to miss a game against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Aaron Rodgers went on the Joe Rogan podcast.— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) August 28, 2022
Rodgers explained how he purposely tricked the media by saying he was "Immunized."
"I had come to the conclusion that I was going to say, ‘I’ve been immunized’."
"I thought there was a possibility that… they didn’t follow up.” pic.twitter.com/x6LXma0xmQ
That part of the interview isn’t that shocking. I think most folks assumed Rodgers knew what he was doing by using the word “immunized”.
The part of the interview that will likely raise some eyebrows is Rodgers admitting that he’s played while taking Percocet.
“The pain management, especially with our sport, is fascinating to see how things are ‘treated’,” said Rodgers. “I use quotations on treated because, up until probably a decade ago, it was easily accessible to get Oxy, Percocet, Vicodin, whatever you wanted.”
“It was more for pain management, so I wasn’t taking any high dosage, but stupid, ultimately,” added Rodgers. “Here’s the thing: I had knee issues for a long time, and you take anti-inflammatories.”
Among other things, Aaron Rodgers said that he’s played games on Percocet before, which he later admitted was a bad idea.pic.twitter.com/qRXPUqpGok— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) August 28, 2022
I’m pretty sure I have a good idea of at least one game that Rodgers could’ve played while on painkillers.
This man Aaron Rodgers must’ve taken the strongest pain pills during halftime. He was absolutely geeked out of his mind during the post game interview 😂😂 pic.twitter.com/SEMLhBMike— Jake Rogers (@JMRogers14) September 10, 2018
Rodgers is no stranger to controversy. He’s unabashedly himself — whether you like it or not — and I’m sure he won’t have any issues navigating this latest news story.
In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if Rodgers already knew the answers he was planning to give to reporters before making the comments to Rogan.
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