GREEN BAY, Wisconsin (WFRV) — The NFL’s assessment of the Green Bay Packers COVID-19 protocols has been completed and leads to fines, multiple outlets reported Tuesday evening.
ESPN reported that the Packers have been fined $300,000 for infractions, while quarterback Aaron Rodgers and wide receiver Allen Lazard will each be fined $14,650.
Rodgers tested positive for COVID-19 last week and was placed on the COVID-19/reserve list. He was unable to play in Sunday’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs.
In an interview Tuesday on “The Pat McAfee Show” on YouTube and SiriusXM, Rodgers defended his choice not to get vaccinated, but apologized for misleading people about his vaccination status.
“I shared an opinion that is polarizing,” Rodgers said. “I get it. And I misled some people about my status, for which I take full responsibility, those comments. But in the end I have to stay true to who I am and what I stand for. I stand behind the things I’ve said .”
When asked about his vaccination status at an August 26 press conference, Rodgers responded by saying, “Yes, I’ve been immunized.”
Rodgers had said Friday that he was seeking alternative treatments to the NFL-approved vaccinations because he is allergic to an ingredient in the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines. He did not specify the ingredient.
The three-time NFL MVP said he didn’t want the Johnson & Johnson vaccine after hearing from multiple people who had had negative reactions to it. Rodgers also said he was concerned about possible fertility problems from getting any of these three vaccines. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say there is no evidence that COVID-19 vaccines cause fertility problems in men or women and that vaccinations are recommended for people who want children.
The COVID-19 vaccines approved in the US have been tested on tens of thousands of people and have proven to be both safe and effective in dramatically reducing the risk of serious illness and death. Serious side effects are extremely rare – and any risk is much lower than the risks associated with COVID-19.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.