Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers took a hit at the NFL for his COVID-19 safety protocols on Wednesday, calling them a double standard partially attributed to “optics” on goal.
During an appearance on “The Pat McAfee Show,” Rodgers shared his thoughts on the new rules that he says take away from him being “creative” in building camaraderie.
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“You can’t really be creative with Big Brother spying on you,” Rodgers said of NFL watch teams to make sure proper security measures are followed. “I think there are a lot of questions about, are we doing all of this based on science? And everything is necessary? There are some interesting conversations to be had all along the line about this.
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Rodgers has been asked about several cases in the NFL where players have tested negative despite playing entire games with teammates who have tested positive – the most recent being Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.
“I’m just wondering, ‘What is this based on?’ I just think there are double standards, ”he said. “You can dab a guy after the game, but you can’t eat at the same lunch table as a teammate. You can go downstairs to practice, hit yourself and be in close contact, but you have to have some plexiglass between you and the guy next to you in the locker room. Some of these things, for me, don’t match.
He continued, “Part is definitely for the optics. Some of it is probably based on science. ”
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The NFL administered 42,978 tests between November 1 and 7. Of these, 15 players and 41 staff have tested positive. A total of 78 players and 140 staff have tested positive since testing began on August 1.