Both Antonio Brown and Aaron Rodgers were misleading about their COVID-19 vaccination status, but only one of them got suspended by the NFL.
On Thursday, the huge news came down that the NFL — in a joint statement with the league’s Players Association — announced Brown would be suspended three games after he and two others “misrepresented their vaccination status under the NFL-NFLPA COVID-19 Protocols.”
The NFL and NFLPA conducted a joint review into all three after Brown’s former personal chef alleged the wide receiver was using a fake vaccine card, which he made have allegedly gotten from a player on the Bucs.
Thursday’s news prompted some questions online as to why Aaron Rodgers only received a fine.
Rodgers in August told reporters he was “immunized” against COVID-19, which everyone assumed he meant that he got vaccinated. But when he tested positive ahead of a Week 9 tilt against the Kansas City Chiefs, it was revealed that he actually was unvaccinated and had to be out 10 days, which meant he would miss that big game.
The Green Bay Packers were fined $300,000 for violations of the NFL-NFLPA protocols and the quarterback as well as wide receiver Allen Lazard both were fined $14,650 for attending a team Halloween party.
According to Peter King of NBC Sports, the league did not suspend Rodgers because the Packers were aware he was not vaccinated, and he wore a mask when at team facilities.