When a 2-10 football team makes you the butt of the joke, chances are you’ve had a pretty bad week.
That’s the case for reigning NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers, who has dominated the sports pages since testing positive for COVID-19. In the aftermath, the Green Bay Packers’ star quarterback was revealed to be unvaccinated despite making public statements implying the opposite in front of the media this year.
Rodgers attempted to clear the air with a now viral interview on the Pat McAfee Show Friday, spawning a slew of memes with some decidedly questionable pandemic hot takes. Saturday, the Ottawa Redblacks decided to get in on the action, as the team’s communications manager Chris Hofley shared a snap shot of a humorous addition to TD Place’s in-stadium COVID policy reminders.
— Chris Hofley (@chrishofley) November 6, 2021
The jumbotron depiction of a masked up Rodgers is a not-so-subtle nod to the allegations that Rodgers violated the NFL’s mask policy for unvaccinated players, both in press conferences and on the sideline. Like all CFL venues, TD Place has a mandatory vaccination policy and masks must be worn at all times when not actively eating or drinking.
Once named an honorary Canadian by Cabbie Richards, the three-time NFL MVP Rodgers has plenty of previous connections to the Great White North, including preparing for his recent stint as Jeopardy guest host on vacation in Quebec.
Having previously indicated that he follows the CFL careers of former teammates like B.C. Lions quarterback Michael Reilly, it is entirely possible that the Redblacks’ jab gets back to the future hall of famer as he sits out this week — and perhaps longer — recovering from the virus.