Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has been critical of NBA players who are not getting the Covid-19 vaccine, and now he called out Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers for his recent comments about the whole vaccine situation.
Kareem didn't hold back on his criticism
If you've been following the situation surrounding Aaron Rodgers, you are aware he received a lot of backlashes but at the same time a lot of support from people who think the same way. Rodgers tested positive for COVID-19 last week; however, it was revealed that he was not actually vaccinated at all. Back in August, when he was asked if he was vaccinated, Rodgers briefly responded with, "Yeah, I've been immunized."
It's safe to say Kareem is having none of his recent explanations, and in a recent Substack newsletter, he said the following:
"The pandemic has revealed several athletes who abuse their position and responsibility, not just to the public, but to other professional athletes' livelihood .That latest egregious abuser is Green Bay quarterback and three-time MVP Aaron Rodgers who directly and deliberately lied to fans and the public when he assured everyone he was 'immunized,' knowing that word would be interpreted as his being vaccinated."
Rodgers recently made a guest appearance on The Pat McAfee Show, where he shared more details on his reasons behind not getting the vaccine and why he actually made that decision. The problem lies with the whole situation is that he broke NFL and NFLPA rules for not wearing the mask, which is a requirement for unvaccinated players.
"He wasn't vaccinated. And he got COVID-19. And he went maskless during in-person press conferences, which not only violated NFL rules but put everyone else's health at risk. "Instead of consulting immunologists, he consulted anti-vaxxer and podcast host Joe Rogan, who also contracted the virus."
Comparing Rodgers to Kyrie
Kareem even went that far as to insult Rodger's intellect and compared him to Kyrie Irving, who hasn't played a single game this season because he also decided not to get the vaccine. Kareem said he respects Irving a bit more because at least he was honest about his decision, unlike Rodgers, who deceived the public and the entire NFL.
"Rodgers complained that the 'cancel culture' was coming for him, but his own words cancel him as a liar and a bad thinker," he wrote. "If he had a principled objection to the vaccine, he could have chosen not to play, like Kyrie Irving, who at least is honest. What really sacked his whining stance was his refusal to wear a mask during interviews to protect others from sickness and death."