During Tuesday’s episode of the Pat McAfee ShowGreen Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers referred to the NFL’s COVID-19 policies, asking if certain protocols are “science-based.”
McAfee asked if there had been efforts by Rodgers and the Packers to “get creative” in an effort to bond with his teammates.
“Well, you can’t really be creative with Big Brother spying on you all the time,” Rodgers replied.
“Oh! Have you heard of the Jets?” McAfee said.
Aaron laughed and replied, “Yeah.”
Earlier this week, a report was released that New York Jets players complained about security cameras monitoring them in their locker room.
According to ESPN, “Jets goalie Greg Van Roten said players’ concern stems from new COVID-19 protocols and whether the league can use security footage to punish them if they are caught failing wear their mask in the changing rooms.
Explaining how COVID protocols have altered the Packers’ season, Rodgers described plexiglass dividers hampering conversations and camaraderie in the locker room, as well as single tables in the dining room.
“Obviously, the supporters of all of this are saying that it is necessary to get us to the finish line and throughout the season,” continued the star quarterback. “I think there are a lot of questions about, you know, are we doing this all science-based?” There are some interesting conversations to be had all along the line about this.
After a few Packers players tested positive for the coronavirus in recent weeks, the team’s protocol was “sped up” until they now wear face masks in the weight room, during l training and more.
McAfee noted that several players had played entire games with the virus and that no one had been infected despite close contact.
He then asked Rodgers if players felt the league could ease COVID regulations instead of continuing to raise them.
“I’m not saying we have to lighten up anything,” Rodgers replied. “I wonder, what is this based on?”
“I think there’s a double standard, you know you can dap a guy after the game, but you can’t eat at the same table as your teammate,” he added. “You can go down to practice and hit each other and be in close contact, but you have to have plexiglass between you and the guy next to you in the locker room.
Rodgers explained, “Some of these things for me don’t fit. I understand what we’re trying to do, we’re trying to get every game involved and to stay healthy. But, I’m just thinking about some of these things … and it’s just my own opinion, some of these things don’t make a whole lot of sense.
For example, at the start of the season, the league said players cannot talk to each other after a game.
“What do you mean?” Rodgers asked for the rule. “There’s spit and sweat and all that and we play a game and we hit and we tackle – and we can’t go talk to someone we know on another team?” Part is definitely for optics and part is probably based on science.
Time will tell how the league reacts to COVID-19 in the second half of the NFL season.
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