Daily Bread for 11.6.21: Aaron Rodgers’s Rule-Bending

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Saturday in Whitewater will be sunny with a high of 58.  Sunrise is 7:36 AM and sunset 5:40 PM for 10h 03m 25s of daytime.  The moon is a waxing crescent with 3.9% of its visible disk illuminated.

 On this day in 1947, Meet the Press, the longest running television program in history, makes its debut.

Jemele Hill writes Why Aaron Rodgers Felt Free to Mislead People (‘The Packers quarterback correctly assumed that a star like him could get away with bending the NFL’s COVID-19 rules’):

When a reporter asked him in August whether he was vaccinated, Rodgers responded, “Yeah, I’ve been immunized.”

His subsequent comments about the issue were noncommittal. “You know, there’s a lot of conversation around it, around the league, and a lot of guys who have made statements and not made statements, owners who have made statements,” Rodgers said then. “There’s guys on the team that haven’t been vaccinated. I think it’s a personal decision. I’m not going to judge those guys. There are guys that’ve been vaccinated that have contracted COVID. It’s an interesting issue that I think we’re going to see played out the entire season.”

Rodgers’s use of the word immunized instead of vaccinated should have raised more eyebrows than it did at the time. In retrospect, his disingenuous comments hint at a specific kind of self-centeredness; he seemed to believe he was smarter than everyone else in the room.


The NFL is now investigating whether Rodgers violated COVID-19 protocols, but the quarterback and his team should clearly face serious consequences—such as a suspension for Rodgers and a significant fine for the Packers. Besides deterring players from potentially endangering others, the league has to single out those who deliberately make a mockery of such a serious issue. If the league lets Rodgers and the Packers slide, it will prove the quarterback right. He was smart enough to know that the rules didn’t apply to a star as big as him.

Turns out, Danica Patrick is better off; Rodgers is someone else’s headache now.

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