Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers isn’t thrilled about the way California’s liberal politicians are running his home state.
“State’s going to s— but I’m hanging on,” he told Bill Maher in an upcoming episode of his podcast “Club Random.”
The Packers star blasted the state for strict lockdown and masking measures during the pandemic, which he believes harmed the local economy. “I grew up in a small town, very little cases up in Chico, California but all the small businesses? F—ing gone,” Rodgers detailed.
He also spoke out against a controversial new bill that aims to punish physicians who promote COVID-19 misinformation. “Based on whose standard of misinformation?” The quarterback questioned.
Rodgers, who staunchly remains unvaccinated, recently spoke to Spotify podcaster Joe Rogan about how the NFL treated players who refused to get the jab during the height of pandemic measures.
“There was a lot of public shaming that was attempted to coerce people to get vaccinated because not only are you wearing a yellow wristband, you’re the only ones wearing masks,” he said.
“There were clearly two classes of players at the facility – there was the unvaccinated and the vaccinated who had full privileges,” Rodgers went on.
“They tested once every two weeks. They had full privileges. On the road, they could go out to dinner on the road, they could go to a concert in town, they could go to a comedy show that was in town, they could be at any place they wanted to.”
The 2022 MVP told Maher that people should have bodily autonomy from the government, likening mandated vaccinations to abortion rights. “I think there’s a lot of people that believe that you should have your own decision-making on your own medical decisions,” Rodgers explained.
The veteran quarterback said that he has “an issue with the hypocrisy in society,” but after the reversal of Roe v. Wade, he doesn’t “believe the government should have any control over what we do with our bodies.”
“As much as I might lean more pro life, I don’t want the government to tell me I can’t smoke a cigar, I can’t have a drink of alcohol, I can’t choose my own medical decisions,” he continued.
“And if I’m a woman, don’t f–king tell me what to do. Like whether or not I agree with what you decide to do, who cares?” Rodger’s concluded. “And the government should not have a decision that infringes upon my own personal freedoms.”