Packers' Aaron Rodgers calls Super Bowl boycott rumor '#fakenews'; was Boomer Esiason duped into reporting it?

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Aaron Rodgers responded to the rumors astir him perchance boycotting the Super Bowl implicit COVID-19 rules successful the NFL by tweeting jokes astir the claim.

On Friday during his CBS Sports NFL Today podcast, Boomer Esiason shared a substance connection helium received from an chartless root regarding the Packers QB.

What did it say?

The "source" indicated Rodgers would boycott the Super Bowl owed to the NFL's COVID-19 rules, specifically the regularisation that asymptomatic players person to test. 

But, it's important to note, determination is much discourse to this story. 

Esiason and his co-host, Gregg Giannotti, aboriginal acknowledged that they believed the substance was a prank.

Giannotti posted the clip with this decision 7 minutes earlier Rodgers went connected a Twitter rant astir the rumor.

MORE: Will off-field COVID vaccination saga interaction voting of Aaron Rodgers for NFL MVP?

Rodgers archetypal retweeted the archetypal video of Esaison speechmaking the source's substance by utilizing 10 hashtags successful his caption, 1 being "#fakenews." 

Packers signifier squad backmost Kurt Benkert added to the speech soon after. Rodgers asked Benkert if helium was the root who messaged Esaison, and Benkert past played on with it, adjacent calling himself Benedict Arnold. 

MORE: Aaron Rodgers responds to NFL MVP elector withholding ballot implicit vaccination status

Then, Packers backup backmost Jordan Love chimed successful and said helium was the source. Rodgers poked amusive astatine Love, too.

Rodgers is unvaccinated, arsenic it was made wide erstwhile helium tested affirmative for the microorganism successful aboriginal November. The Packers backmost was criticized for his earlier connection that helium was "immunized." Since helium tested positive, Rodgers has not held backmost astir his comments regarding COVID-19 and however the NFL handles it.

Esaison and Giannotti are playing a unsafe crippled successful airing loosely sourced accusation to the world, particularly surrounding Aaron Rodgers. The Packers QB has been astatine likelihood with assorted publications and media members implicit perceived misinformation surrounding the impact COVID-19 had connected his injured toe and his worthiness for the NFL MVP award based connected vaccination status.

The latest gaff by Esaison and Giannotti is different log connected the occurrence for Rodgers.

MORE: Timeline of Aaron Rodger's vaccine play from 'immunized' to 'COVID toe'

Although the Packers earned the No. 1 effect successful the NFC, Rodgers volition inactive commencement connected Sunday vs. the Lions successful the Packers' past regular play crippled this year.

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