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Joe Rogan defends Aaron Rodgers: ‘He’s a smart f—ing dude’

Podcaster Joe Rogan defended Green Bay Packers star quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who has been hit with a barrage of criticism after it was revealed he lied about his vaccination status following a positive coronavirus test. 

“He’s not vaccine-hesitant because he’s like a conspiracy theorist,” Rogan said on his podcast. “He’s literally following the [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s] recommendations on their website. He’s not a dummy. He’s a f—ing smart dude.”

Rodgers, after testing positive for the virus last week, said he has an allergy to an ingredient in the mRNA vaccines produced by Pfizer and Moderna and had consulted with Rogan about how to best protect himself from getting seriously ill.

Rogan sparked backlash after he said that following his own coronavirus diagnosis he had taken Z-Pak, prednisolone and ivermectin, which has been approved for use in humans for some conditions but is not recommended for the treatment of COVID-19.  

“Give them the goddamn monoclonal antibodies when they get sick,” Rogan said of NFL players who contract coronavirus. “And they get better quick, and then they have antibodies like you do, which makes you more resilient to the virus in the future.”

Rodgers, who was forced to sit out Green Bay’s loss to the Kansas City Chiefs over the weekend because of his diagnosis, pushed back on the widespread criticism he received, with many pointing out that earlier in the season he said he was “immunized” after being asked directly by a reporter if he had been vaccinated. Rodgers said he is not an “anti-vax flat-earther” but a “critical thinker” who’s become the subject of “a witch hunt.”

Rogan argued that “people are only looking at combating coronavirus one way … you gotta get vaccinated.” 

“Maybe we should look at, we should expand treatment. Maybe we should look at all these other treatments and what’s the most effective,” he said. “Monoclonal antibodies is insanely effective.” 

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