‘His problem is I’m not vaccinated’: Aaron Rodgers hits back at journalist who refused to vote for him as MVP and branded the Green Bay QB ‘the biggest jerk in the league’ for misleading the public by ‘lying’ about being jabbed and missing a game
Rodgers says Chicago-based journalist Arkush – who holds an MVP vote – is ‘a bum’ who is targeting him because he remains unvaccinated.
The 38-year-old signal caller is favored to win a second consecutive MVP award, but Arkush, executive editor of Pro Football Weekly, is not voting for him because the QB is ‘punishing his team, his organization and the fans’ with his refusal to get injected.
In August, Rodgers cryptically claimed he was ‘immunized,’ leading many fans to assume he had received his COVID-19 vaccinations. However, he neglected to explain that he hadn’t received a vaccine and was actually referring to a doctor-prescribed therapeutic treatment.
Rodgers’s vaccination status was revealed in early November when he tested positive for coronavirus and was subsequently required to quarantine for 10 days — the minimum amount of time an unvaccinated player is asked to quarantine, per league rules at the time (the NFL recently cut the quarantine time down to five days, per CDC guidance).
That week, the Packers lost to the reigning AFC champion Kansas City Chiefs, 13-7.
Arkush’s condemnation has provoked Rodgers into a public response, even though he has never met the Chicago sports broadcaster nor knew about him until his comments were aired.
Making his response to NFL reporter Dov Kleiman, Rodgers said: ‘I think he’s a bum. I think he’s an absolute bum.
‘He doesn’t know me. I don’t know who he is, nobody knew who he was probably until yesterday’s comments.