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Rodgers admits ‘misleading’ people about his COVID-19 vaccine status

January 22, 2017; Atlanta, GA, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, 12, warms up ahead of the 2017 NFC Championship Game against the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome. Mandatory credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Nov 9 (Reuters) – Three-time National Football League (NFL) MVP Aaron Rodgers admitted on Tuesday that he had misled people about his COVID-19 vaccination status after previously insisting he had not lied about whether he had been vaccinated against the virus.

The unvaccinated Green Bay Packers quarterback tested positive for COVID-19 last week and was widely criticized for telling reporters in August that he had been “immunized” when asked if he had been vaccinated.

Days after he tested positive, the former Super Bowl champion defiantly told “The Pat McAfee Show” that he wasn’t lying, but returned to the program on Tuesday to clarify his comments.

“I have shared an opinion that is polarizing, I understand it and I have misled a number of people about my status, for which I take full responsibility,” Rodgers said.

Rodgers, who was forced to sit out the Packers’ loss on Sunday to the Kansas City Chiefs on the COVID-19/reserve list, was dropped by sponsor Prevea Health this weekend.

His comments last week sparked outrage from across the sports world, with basketball Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar accusing him of harming professional sports. read more

“I have to stay true to who I am,” said Rodgers. “I stand by the things I’ve said and I have a lot of empathy for people who have been through the worst of this pandemic, which has affected us all in different ways.”

Rodgers faces potential fines for violating competition protocol related to the novel coronavirus, including not wearing a mask at press conferences, which is mandatory for all unvaccinated players. He will not be suspended.

“People are entitled to their opinion, even if it is an opinion that is unfavorable to me,” said Rodgers, who expects to return to the team facility on Saturday.

The NFL distributed updated COVID-19 protocols to clubs on Tuesday, developed by medical personnel from both the league and the NFL Players Association.

Under the rules outlined, fully vaccinated players and coaches must undergo a “re-entry” test after three or more days off. The document also reiterated that unvaccinated players must wear masks indoors.

Reporting by Amy Tennery in New York, editing by Pritha Sarkar

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