Aaron Rodgers pulled off his portrayal of John Wick on Halloween, but the costume could cause additional stress amid his COVID-19 controversy.
Rodgers attended a team-up Halloween party last week, where he was seen in photos and video without a mask as he rubbed shoulders with other Packers players, including tight end Marcedes Lewis.
It’s unclear which players and how many attended the Halloween party that came after the Packers’ 24-21 win over the Cardinals last Thursday.
The NFL is investigating whether the Packers applied the league’s COVID-19 protocols after the unvaccinated quarterback tested positive for the coronavirus and was seen repeatedly exposed.
Since the reigning NFL MVP is considered unvaccinated by league standards, he will be missing at least 10 days. That will force Rodgers to miss a renowned clash against Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs on Sunday, when replacement Jordan Love gets his first career debut. He could return in Week 10, when Green Bay plays host to the Seahawks.Rodgers also arrived at indoor press conferences at the Green Bay facility without wearing a mask. This is a violation of NFL protocols for unvaccinated players, who are required to wear masks at all times on team premises, and cannot meet in groups of more than three players.
While on the road, unvaccinated players are prohibited from assembling, visiting, or mingling with people outside of the traveling party once they have arrived in game town.Unvaccinated players are subject to fines if they violate COVID protocols. Repeat offenders could be suspended.
Details regarding the protocols Rodgers followed remain to be seen, as well as whether the Packers relaxed their approach to enforcing protocols with the quarterback.
Rodgers is also under fire for charges of misleading reporters when he said in August he was “immune”.
Over the summer, during his resistance with the Packers, Rodgers reportedly received alternative “homeopathic treatment” from his personal physician to increase his antibody level.
When he allegedly approached the NFL to review treatment, hoping to be cleared as a vaccinated player, the league and the NFLPA determined he was not vaccinated – meaning the league has since known some time that Rodgers has not been vaccinated.