October 3, 2022
NFL fines Aaron Rodgers, Allen Lazard for attending party while unvaccinated
The NFL fined Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and wide receiver Allen Lazard $14,650 each for attending a Halloween party while unvaccinated, the league said Tuesday. Rodgers and Lazard violated NFL and NFL Players Association Covid-19 protocols that prohibit players from gathering outside club facilities in groups of more than three players, a league…

The NFL fined Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and wide receiver Allen Lazard $14,650 each for attending a Halloween party while unvaccinated, the league said Tuesday.

Rodgers and Lazard violated NFL and NFL Players Association Covid-19 protocols that prohibit players from gathering outside club facilities in groups of more than three players, a league spokesman said. According to the protocol’s discipline schedule, the athletes were punished.

The NFL also fined the Packers $300,000 for Covid-19 protocol violations, including their involvement in the party, the league spokesperson said. The league claimed that the Packers knew of the party but did not report it to the NFL.

Rodgers, 37, the Packers’ star quarterback and the NFL’s reigning MVP, who announced last week that he had contracted Covid, has been outspoken about treating the disease with unproven methods. Although he was unable to play against the Kansas City Chiefs last week, he will be back when the Packers face the Seattle Seahawks HTML1.

He was also criticized for claiming he was “immunized” even though he wasn’t vaccinated. In an interview Tuesday on “The Pat McAfee Show” on SiriusXM, Rodgers said he takes “full responsibility” if people felt they had been misled about his vaccination status.

Lazard had been temporarily placed on the team’s Covid-19 reserve list as an unvaccinated close contact of someone who had tested positive, NBC Sports’ ProFootballTalk reported. By November 1, he was back on active roster.

Rodgers did not wear a mask during a recent news conference and would not be fined.

“While the review showed a few isolated instances of Rodgers and Allen Lazard failing to wear a mask in facility, they were substantially compliant otherwise,” NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy told ProFootballTalk. “There was no widespread or systemic mask-wearing violations.”

The NFL informed the Packers and the players that future violations could be met with escalated discipline, including a possible change of the team’s position in the league’s annual draft of the country’s top college players, the league spokesman said.

Lindsey Pipia

Lindsey Pipia is a researcher for NBC News’ newsgathering desk.

Dennis Romero writes for NBC News and is based in Los Angeles.

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