Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan wanted to get a message out when he called out Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson on Tuesday.
Jackson is reportedly unvaccinated. That news came out when the Ravens placed the superstar quarterback on the COVID list.
Gov. Larry Hogan encouraged the Ravens quarterback to get vaccinated.
“Lamar’s gotta get (vaccinated),” Hogan said, via Phil Yacuboski of WBAL News Radio. “With the rules the NFL put down, I can’t imagine a team wanting to forfeit a game or lose a chance at the playoffs and none of the players getting paid because someone won’t get a vaccine.”
Last month, the NFL sent out a memo warning teams that they could forfeit a game due to a COVID-19 outbreak among non-vaccinated players, and players on both teams wouldn’t get paid that week.
Jackson has now tested positive two times in eight months. He was infected with COVID-19 last Thanksgiving.
Jackson must quarantine for 10 days because he is unvaccinated, according to NFL rules. He is expected to return by the end of this week.
In June, Jackson declined to answer whether he was vaccinated.
“Well, just like everyone in society, it’s their decision –- keeping that to themselves,” Jackson said. “But I feel we do a great job here of taking the vaccine and staying away from COVID-19, following the right preparation for that and staying away from the outside -– the people that are attracting it -– and we’ve just got to keep it going. I haven’t been hearing about any breakouts, like last year -– the previous year before this one -– with all the stuff that was going on, people catching it left and right. I haven’t been hearing about it, so I feel like this year, it’s been doing great. Everyone has been doing a great job at it -– just keep going.”