Cris Collinsworth may be battling with a serious case of memory loss. At least that’s what many were left thinking when he made an off-handed comment on Sunday night, applauding Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers for his honesty amid off-field drama surrounding his vaccine status.
The “Sunday Night Football” analyst made the remark as the Packers faced off against the Chicago Bears.
“He doesn’t care. Have you seen a guy, and in particular this year, be more honest about everything?” Collinsworth said. “You may not agree with everything he says, but we have heard from the beginning of this entire season exactly what he thinks about everything.”
Collinsworth was likely referring to Rodgers’ many conversations with the media regarding a bevy or topics, from his relationship with the Packers organization, to his thoughts on the Covid vaccine, to the status of his injured toe. But what Collinsworth clearly chose to ignore was the time Rodgers lied to everyone by claiming he was “immunized” when asked whether he’d been vaccinated for Covid during the offseason.
Viewers on social media fired back, slamming Collinsworth for his comments. Some even called on him to be fired.
“@NBCSports Cris Collinsworth is an asshole. He should be FIRED NOW! How can a national broadcaster be so blatantly biased????”
Rodgers had previously told reporters in August that he had been “immunized” against the virus, causing many to argue that he had misled the public with his choice of words.
“I understand that people are suffering and that this has been a really difficult time for the last two years on so many people,” Rodgers said during an appearance on “The Pat McAfee Show.”
“I also know how sports can be such a connector and bring people together during times of adversity and I do realize I am a role model to a lot of people and so I just wanted to start out the show by acknowledging that I made some comments that people might have felt were misleading,” he continued. “To anybody that felt misled by those comments, I take full responsibility for those comments.”