The NFL introduced fines for each Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers this week after the quarterback violated COVID-19 protocols, and lots of people round league reportedly really feel the punishment didn’t match the crime.
Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports was instructed by sources that NFL executives, together with some throughout the league workplace, have been sad that the disciplinary motion towards Rodgers and the Packers was not more harsh. Rodgers was fined $14,650 and the Packers have been fined $300,000.
“Everyone’s reaction was pretty much the same. It’s a joke,” one high-ranking group official instructed La Canfora. “It’s the league taking care of (Packers team president) Mark Murphy. It’s not really a surprise, but it’s total BS.”
Even some throughout the league workplace reportedly believed Rodgers and the Packers obtained preferential therapy. At least one coach agreed.
“You think they would let us off like that if (that team’s quarterback) did that?” the coach requested. “No (expletive) way.”
The problem for a lot of is that Rodgers admitted violated COVID protocols on a number of events by not sporting a masks. However, since he was not disciplined earlier than, he was not handled as a repeat offender. The NFL instructed Rodgers and the Packers that future violations might end in harsher punishment and potentially the loss of a draft pick.
The public discovered final week that Rodgers was unvaccinated regardless of giving off the general public notion that he was vaccinated. A deceptive reply the quarterback gave to a query in August about his vaccination standing led to the assumption that he was vaccinated (more here). He additionally misled folks about his vaccination standing by not sporting masks in a number of conditions, corresponding to in press conferences, which have been violations of the league’s protocol for gamers who haven’t obtained the COVID-19 vaccine.