Aaron Rodgers Calls Out California Lawmakers, COVID Mandates

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is speaking out against his home state of California, especially the COVID restrictions which caused businesses to shut down.

After coming under fire for refusing to get vaccinated for COVID last year, Rodgers has apparently decided to continue standing up for his beliefs — this time taking aim at the leadership of California during an appearance on left-wing comedian Bill Maher’s “Club Random” podcast.

“State’s going to s— but I’m hanging on,” the quarterback told Maher, according to reporting by SFGate.

The lockdowns even affected small towns including Rodgers’ hometown of Chico, California, he said — noting that all the small businesses are now “gone.”

Rodgers blasted AB 2098 in California, which — once signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) — will punish doctors who spread so-called misinformation about COVID.

When Maher informed Rodgers about the bill, the quarterback responded by asking: “based on whose standard of misinformation?” His question has been echoed by many critics of the legislation, who are concerned that the definitions of “misinformation” and “disinformation” are broad, not to mention the fact that punishing individuals for their speech is a violation of the First Amendment.

The star quarterback then spoke out in opposition to any laws affecting bodily autonomy, both from the left and the right — including vaccines and abortions.

“I think there’s a lot of people that believe that you should have your own decision-making on your own medical decisions,” he said. “My thing is I have an issue with the hypocrisy in society in general. And I know you do as well. But abortion has been a hot topic, especially after Roe v. Wade got overturned and sent back to the states, or whatever. I don’t believe the government should have any control over what we do with our bodies.”

Rodgers went on to note that he does not consider himself a conservative. Though he does lean toward being pro-life in his personal beliefs on abortion, he is strongly against the government getting involved.

“I don’t want the government to tell me I can’t smoke a cigar, I can’t have a drink of alcohol, I can’t choose my own medical decisions,” the quarterback said. “And if I’m a woman, don’t f***ing tell me what to do. Like whether or not I agree with what you decide to do, who cares? And the government should not have a decision that infringes upon my own personal freedoms.”

Listen to Rodger’s interview on Maher’s podcast here.

In the summer of 2021, Rodgers attempted to evade the question of his COVID vaccination status by simply telling a reporter that he had been ‘immunized,’ but it was later revealed that he had not received his vaccine and was thus subject to NFL protocols.

During that supposed scandal, the quarterback stated that he is not an “anti-vax, flat-earther,” instead referring to himself as a “critical thinker” who chooses to base his decisions about vaccines on science. Rodgers was eventually placed on a 10-day quarantine and forced to sit out one game during the season.

Rodgers ‘cleared the air’ about the vaccine controversy during an appearance on comedian Joe Rogan’s podcast: