'F**king smart': Joe Rogan defends Aaron Rodgers after virus debacle

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Podcast host Joe Rogan (pictured left) speaking during his show and (pictured right) Aaron Rodgers before a NFL game.
UFC and podcast host Joe Rogan (pictured left) has defended Aaron Rodgers (pictured right) after he came under fire for his comments around his immunisation. (Images: Joe Rogan Podcast/Aaron Rodgers)

Podcast host and UFC commentator Joe Rogan has defended maligned NFL quarterback Aaron Rodgers after the drama surrounding his immunisation comments.

The drama around the Green Bay Packers star's vaccination controversy has intensified after Rodgers denied accusations he lied about being vaccinated for Covid-19 after telling reporters he was "immunised".

The veteran quarterback tested positive for coronavirus last week, effectively sidelining him for 10 days and ruling him out of the Packers' recent NFL defeat to Kansas City.

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Rodgers and the Packers have been under fire basically since the moment it was reported Rodgers was out due to Covid-19 protocols.

Rodgers was designated as out early enough that he had to be unvaccinated, even though he had said he was "immunised" before the season, met with reporters without a mask (a protocol violation) and made no attempt to correct the record about his supposed vaccination.

Earlier this week, Rodgers slammed the 'woke mob' for criticising his role in the incident.

But on Tuesday, Rodgers appeared on the Pat McAfee show and said he understood how his comments about his 'immunisation' could have been 'misleading'.

“I realise that I am a role model to a lot of people, and I just want to start off by acknowledging that. I made some comments that people might have felt were misleading,” Rodgers told the hosts.

“To anybody who felt misled by those comments, I take full responsibility for those comments.”

While Rodgers said he underwent homeopathic antibody treatment for months, he came under heavy scrutiny after the NFL star admitted he spoke to Rogan and 12 other friends for health advice.

Joe Rogan reveals chat with Aaron Rodgers

Following his comments, Rogan appeared on his self-titled podcast and Joe Rogan Experience, defended Rodgers for being a “f***ing smart dude”.

He also confirmed, what was reported, that Rodgers had told him he was allergic to some of the vaccines available.

“Here’s the thing about Aaron Rodgers, I can say this now because he’s gone through this whole thing,” Rogan said on the Joe Rogan Experience.

“He’s allergic to one of the main ingredients in the vaccine.

“There’s an ingredient that’s in the capsule. He told me this in confidence.

“People need to know this. He’s not vaccine-hesitant because he’s a conspiracy theorist.”

Rodgers' fiancee, actor Shailene Woodley, also defended him after she hit back in a scathing post on social media, where she used a screenshot of the fake image to explain why it was not the NFL star.

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