A member of the Detroit Lions was fined $30,000 for a tweet that included slurs against Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. The NFL is cracking down on social media use as it relates to players and teams. In this piece, I’ll talk about how the league’s tough stance has some fans up in arms.,
Getty Aaron Rodgers is scheduled to rejoin the Packers in time for their game against Seattle on November 14.
Takeo Spikes, a former San Francisco 49ers linebacker, was known for his vicious hits throughout his 15-year NFL career. Spikes, now a football commentator, is still slamming quarterbacks with his words rather than his pads.
On Thursday, November 11, Spikes appeared on CBS Sports Radio’s DA Show and chastised Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers for the circumstances surrounding Rodgers’ positive COVID-19 test. Many people feel Rodgers lied to the public when he said he was “immunized” rather than vaccinated in August, and when he didn’t follow all of the processes that unvaccinated athletes must follow if they aren’t.
This, along with the fact that Rodgers had been fined $14,650 by the league, prompted Spikes to go on a verbal blitz. To put that number in perspective, Dallas Cowboys WR CeeDee Lamb was fined $20,000 the same week as Rodger for wearing an untucked jersey.
“When the news broke and you found out he lied, I was like, ‘Well, that’s a level of arrogance and privilege,’” Spikes said on The DA Show. “If he keeps doing it and they keep letting him get away with it, then it’s like, ‘Why should I protest when it’s going to fall on deaf ears?’ And I’m sure there’s been a lot of chatter about Rodgers receiving special treatment and such. Personally, I believe it was incorrect.”
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Rodgers was ruled out of Week 9’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs on November 7 after testing positive for COVID-19 a few days before. The Packers were defeated 13-7 by the Chiefs. Rodgers is likely to play against Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, November 14.
And, with a 7-2 record, the Packers are still in the driver’s seat for the NFC’s top spot. Since the news broke, however, not all of the dust has cleared.
Rodgers appeared on The Pat McAfee Show on November 5 after testing positive, saying he was “in the crosshairs of the woke mob” and wanted to share his side of the story “before my last nail was placed in my cancel culture coffin.”
Rodgers also said that he sought alternative therapies instead of the NFL-recommended immunizations because he is allergic to a component in the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines, but he did not identify which component.
Rodgers returned to the broadcast four days later, on November 9, to say that he didn’t mean to mislead anyone about his vaccination status.
“I made certain things that some people may have misconstrued,” Rodgers remarked. “I accept full responsibility for those words, and I apologize to anybody who was misled by them.”
The NFL ended its investigation of the Packers’ COVID-19 guidelines on November 9 and found many infractions of league regulations, according to ESPN’s Rob Demovsky. For a combination of two protocol infractions, the league penalized the team $300,000. Rodgers and wide receiver Allen Lazard were both fined $14,650.
According to a league insider, Demovsky’s piece focused on the details of the offenses. Rodgers and Lazard were punished for attending a Halloween party the weekend before the star quarterback tested positive for COVID-19, breaking the regulation that forbids unvaccinated athletes from congregating in groups of more than three outside the facility. Rodgers was fined by the Packers for not wearing a mask during his press conferences and for failing to declare his and Lazard’s participation at the party.
Following Rodgers’ remarks on The McAfee Show, Wisconsin-based Prevea Health announced the termination of its nine-year collaboration with the veteran quarterback.
Rodgers’ lie was “very irresponsible,” according to Spikes.
GettyWhen it came to Aaron Rodgers, Takeo Spikes, now a media figure, didn’t mince words.
Time will tell whether the Packers can keep clicking on the field.
Spikes stated on The DA Show that he doesn’t believe the Packers will have any problems or distractions on the field as long as Rodgers doesn’t divide the locker room.
Nonetheless, the former 49ers linebacker from 2008 to 2010 said that now that Rodgers has been caught in what looks to be a falsehood, he will view him differently.
“Just to come out and sit up there and lay in the beginning to take the heat off of yourself and to take the heat and attention away from a really serious situation,” Spikes said. “I have no idea what occurred day in and day out when you were in that locker room. But I think it was a huge mistake by Rodgers. I’m also a great admirer of his work. But it made me look at him in a strange manner… He was very reckless in the extent to which he lied, particularly during these trying circumstances.”
According to CBS Sports, the Packers are 3.5-point favorites against the Seahawks.
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