Aaron Rodgers stated early on during the country-wide lockdown that he would not lecture people about not going to work or staying at home, because he lives in a mansion and there are people out there truly struggling to make it without income coming in.
He has somewhat changed his stance weeks later, but in support of those people who want their lives back.
The Green Bay Packers quarterback blasted what he called “house arrest” on Friday, saying that the country needs to get back to work since so many people are suffering with unemployment and depression.
Rodgers was asked whether he believed that professional and college sports should return.
“For many of us–and I’ve seen a lot of comments on this and obviously my story coming back from Peru before the country kind of went into a lockdown–I think we all were buying into the idea of quarantine to flatten the curve and I think there are a lot of questions now that it’s more of a house arrest to find a cure with people wondering exactly what that means as far as the future of the country and the freedoms we’re allowed to have at this point,” Rodgers answered.
Rodgers discussed the devastating impact that the country’s months-long lockdown has had.
“I’m very hopeful that we can have a [football] season,” he said. “I think the important think to think about, though, which is more important than that is the state of the country and the fact that we have 36-plus million people on unemployment right now, we have rising poverty levels to go along with the unemployment, you have suicide hotline is up 8,000 percent. There’s really a lot of problems going on in the country right now associated with the fear around this pandemic and I hope that we can use some common sense moving forward and make decisions that are going to be in the best interest of all people moving forward, and I hope that sports is a part of that at some point.”
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