Aaron Rodgers, quarterback for the Green Bay Packers, is ending a partnership with Wisconsin-based health care organization Prevea Health after nine years, the two parties said in a joint statement issued by the company Saturday.
It comes a day after the footballer told the “Pat McAfee Show” he is unvaccinated and that he thinks the NFL rules regarding COVID-19 and vaccines “are not based in science at all.”
The joint announcement reads: “Prevea Health and Aaron Rodgers have made the decision to end their partnership effective Nov. 6, 2021.
“Aaron has been a partner of Prevea Health, serving as a spokesperson and supporting the health care organization’s health and wellness initiatives throughout Wisconsin, since 2012.
“Prevea Health remains deeply committed to protecting its patients, staff, providers, and communities amidst the COVID-19 pandemic,” the statement continues. “This includes encouraging and helping all eligible populations to become vaccinated against COVID-19 to prevent the virus from further significantly impacting lives and livelihoods.”
Rodgers, the three-time NFL’s Most Valuable Player, tested positive earlier in the week for COVID-19, the disease caused by the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus.
He told former NFL punter Pat McAfee and former Green Bay Packers teammate A.J. Hawk in the interview on Friday that he remains unvaccinated.
Rodgers, 37, explained he was allergic to an ingredient in mRNA vaccines, which prevents him from taking the Pfizer or Moderna shots. He said he doesn’t want to receive the Johnson & Johnson vaccine either, citing a temporary pause in April on the vaccine for clotting issues.
The quarterback described the strict NFL rules for unvaccinated players, including daily testing including on off days, saying that the rules are to “out and shame [unvaccinated] people.” Rodgers noted that he has been tested over 300 times before testing positive for COVID-19 this week.
He also expressed disappointment in the media for how he is being treated, saying that media outlets are orchestrating a “witch hunt” to find out which players are unvaccinated.
The Packers player said he asked podcaster Joe Rogan, who recovered from COVID-19 earlier this year, for advice on alternative protocols to treat the disease.