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The train of piling on Aaron Rodgers has not yet left the station.
Famed radio host Howard Stern and late-night television's Jimmy Kimmel both directed ire at Rodgers during their Monday programs, one day after NFL pregame show panelists also voiced their disappointment in the Green Bay Packers quarterback's decision to withhold his vaccination status and his subsequent spread of vaccine misinformation Friday after he was diagnosed with COVID-19.
"If there was decency in this world, I would throw this guy out of the football league so fast," Stern said. "What he did to his fellow teammates … this (expletive) guy, they should throw him out of the league so fast.
"This (expletive) guy … I know the guy’s a real good football player, that’s why they put up with his (expletive)."
Rodgers told reporters in August he was immunized against COVID-19. What he meant, however, is that he received homeopathic treatments and also touted the drug ivermectin. According to the Food and Drug Administration, ivermectin is used to treat parasites and scabies and "has not been approved as a treatment for any sort of viral infection," or been proven to treat COVID-19. He also said he consulted with his "now-friend" Joe Rogan, a comedian/podcaster who has broadcasted vaccine hesitance.
Howard Stern absolutely unleashes on Aaron Rodgers, and it’s brutal. pic.twitter.com/Xgut5SOdFV
— Mike Sington (@MikeSington) November 8, 2021
"Come on dude, really? That whole (expletive) game, 'Yeah, I have the antibodies.' First of all, I don’t know where these guys get their information from," Stern said. " ... He said he got his information from Joe Rogan. You got doctors who study in medical school. I don’t know what’s happened to this country.
"I don’t know why he’s wasting his time on football. He’s such a great researcher, he should go into the medical field. I say the next time this (expletive) head gets injured on the field, they should bring Joe Rogan in to fix the bones. They should have (Rogan) treat (Rodgers)."
This was the most amusing part of Howard Stern’s lengthy rant on Aaron Rodgers this morning. pic.twitter.com/7IP8JuV7WT
— Jimmy Traina (@JimmyTraina) November 8, 2021
Later Monday, Kimmel referred to Rodgers as a "whacked Packer" and criticized Rodgers' assertions that those who have the vaccine are still contracting COVID-19 and dying. The Centers for Disease Prevention and Control conducted a study recently of more than 600,000 COVID-19 cases from 13 states and found that unvaccinated people were 4.5 times more likely to get infected, 10 times more likely to be hospitalized and 11 times more likely to die compared to their vaccinated counterparts.
"And if parachutes are so great, how come 11 people died skydiving last year?" Kimmel joked. "The fact of the matter is the risk of dying from (coronavirus) is 11 times higher if you aren’t vaccinated. This is a dumb conversation."
Kimmel also blasted Rodgers' ivermectin affinity.
"Here’s the thing I don’t get: you won’t take the vaccine, but you will take ivermectin?" Kimmel wondered before attacking the quarterback's game-show credentials.
"How does someone who almost hosted Jeopardy come up with 40 incorrect responses in a row?" he said.
Kimmel then pointed to Rodgers’ invocation of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who said individuals have no moral obligation to follow unjust laws.
“But you didn’t object -- you pretended you were vaccinated and snuck around,” Kimmel said. “Always a good move for a white millionaire to half-quote Dr. Martin Luther King, by the way.
“He’s claiming he’s getting canceled. The Packers scored only seven points without him (Sunday) – he’s not getting canceled.”
Kimmel finished his barrage by saying for those comparing Rodgers to Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving, who is also anti-vaccine, “at least (Irving is) honest.”
“He’s not Kyrie Irving,” Kimmel said. “He’s Bernie Madoff.”
Contributing: Tom Schad, USA TODAY
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