NFL QB Aaron Rodgers: League COVID Rules Like “Big Brother Spying” – “Are We Doing this Based on Science?’
During Tuesday’s episode of the Pat McAfee Show, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers touched on the NFL’s COVID-19 policies, asking if certain protocols are “based on science.”
McAfee asked if there have been any efforts by Rodgers and the Packers to “get creative” in an attempt to bond with teammates.
“Well, you can’t really be creative with Big Brother spying on you all the time,” Rodgers responded.
“Oh! Did you hear about the Jets?” McAfee interjected.
Aaron chuckled and answered, “Yeah.”
Earlier this week, a report was published alleging players for the New York Jets complained about security cameras watching them inside their locker room.
According to ESPN, “Jets guard Greg Van Roten said the players’ concern stems from new COVID-19 protocols and whether the league can use security footage to punish them if they’re caught not wearing their masks in the locker room.”
Explaining how COVID protocols have altered the Packers’ season, Rodgers described plexiglass dividers hindering locker room conversations and camaraderie, as well as one-person tables in the lunch room.
“Obviously proponents of all that say it’s necessary to get us to the finish line and through the season,” the star quarterback continued. “I think there’s a lot of questions about, you know, are we doing all this based on science? There are some interesting conversations to be had down the line about all that.”
After a couple Packers players tested positive for coronavirus in the last few weeks, the team’s protocol has been “ramped up” to where they now wear face masks in the weight room, during practice and more.
McAfee noted multiple players have played entire games with the virus and that nobody was infected despite close contact.
He then asked Rodgers if players feel like the league could lighten COVID regulations instead of continuing to ramp them up.
“I’m not saying we need to lighten anything up,” Rodgers replied. “I”m wondering, what is this based on?”
“I think there’s some double standards, you know, you can dap up a guy after the game but you can’t eat at the same lunch table as your teammate,” he added. “You can go down at practice and hit each other and be in close contact but you have to have plexiglass between you and the guy next to you in the locker room.”
Rodgers explained, “Some of those things to me don’t add up. I understand what we’re trying to do, we’re trying to get every game in and stay healthy. But, I think just some of those things… and this is just my own opinion, some of those things don’t make a lot of sense.”
For example, at the beginning of the season, the league said players couldn’t talk to each other after a game.
“What do you mean?” Rodgers asked of the rule. “There’s spit and sweat and all this stuff and we’re playing a game and we hit and we’re tackling — and we can’t go and talk to somebody who we know on another team? Some of it is definitely for the optics of it and some of it is probably based in science.”
Time will tell how the league reacts to COVID-19 in the second half of the NFL season.
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