Aaron Rodgers Says He’s Lost Millions of Dollars Due to His COVID-19 Stance
Aaron Rodgers has made headlines both on and off the football field in recent years. The New York Jets quarterback has been vocal about his decision to not get COVID-19 vaccines since the NFL started enforcing rules on the immunizations three years ago. The decision not to stay quiet, he says, has cost him quite a bit, but he doesn’t regret it.
Rodgers opened up about his decision to speak out in a Feb. 7 appearance on The Joe Rogan Experience. “I’m going to continue talking about this because it’s important to me,” Rodgers told host Joe 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 f–k.”
While Rodgers believes he kept his integrity, he admitted that he lost a lot too in the process. “Look at my situation,” he said. “I lost friends, allies in the media, [and] 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 in recent years has been making weekly appearances on The Pat McAfee Show, but he’s currently not stopping by the show after a public spat with late-night host Jimmy Kimmel last month. After Rodgers alleged without evidence that Kimmel might have ties to Jeffrey Epstein, Kimmel fired back and threatened legal action. McAfee hasn’t had Rodgers back on his show since the incident. He also had to miss games and later admitted he misled the media about his vaccination status.
Meanwhile, Rodgers’ torn Achilles recovery continues after he returned to the Jets practice field late in the season last year, just two months after suffering the injury in his first game with the Jets.