NBA Legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Trashed Aaron Rodgers For ‘Damaging Professional Sports’ And Calls Him A Liar

Published 08/10/2022, 11:00 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JUNE 01: Aaron Rodgers takes part in the Bleacher Report Hot Seat Press Conference prior to Capital One’s The Match VI – Brady & Rodgers v Allen & Mahomes at Wynn Golf Club on June 01, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images for The Match)

Aaron Rodgers once again became the center of attention last season when he got COVID. Rodgers throughout the season had claimed that he was immunized, and people thought he was vaccinated. Unfortunately, Rodgers wasn’t vaccinated and sought a different treatment.

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When he got COVID, everyone got to know that he wasn’t vaccinated, and he was criticized by almost everyone. One of his biggest critics was NBA Legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. The six-time NBA champion claimed that Rodgers damaged professional sports and was a liar. His main focus was that Rodgers had set a bad example for the kids that idolized him.

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Aaron Rodgers is one of the most popular NFL players. Rodgers lying about his vaccination status had set a bad example for the league. Due to it, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was very upset with Rodgers.

In an article, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar wrote, “What’s especially bothersome is that Aaron Rodgers didn’t just lie and threaten the health of those around him, he also damaged professional sports.” He added, “Rodgers’ ignorance regarding the science of immunology brings back to life the old stereotype of the big dumb jock. His utter lack of even the most basic knowledge and logic is shocking… Rodgers complained that the “cancel culture” was coming for him, but his own words cancel him as a liar and a bad thinker.”

Aaron Rodgers is quite often, if not always, heavily criticized for anything he does. Lying about his vaccination status was certainly a huge thing. According to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Rodgers had put the lives of others in danger as well. Like Kyrie Irving, the QB could have also made his stance clear about the vaccine, and it would have been better.

Aaron Rodgers has a huge season ahead

Aaron Rodgers would like to leave everything behind that happened last season. He has a chance to redeem himself. Continuous playoff failures have put a stain on his resume, and he would like to alter it.

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Without Davante Adams, the task has gotten much tougher. However, that will only help Rodgers’ case for greatness. If he can lead the Packers to a successful season again, it would be a great accomplishment.

Oct 28, 2021; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) reacts during the during the second half against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports| Courtesy: Reuters

Moreover, he would like to avoid all the off-field distractions. Rodgers is always himself no matter where he is, and that sometimes draws more attention to him. Due to it, he needs to be at his best every time he is on the field, or his critics will jump right into it.

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Abhimanyu Chaudhary

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Abhimanyu Chaudhary is an NFL author at EssentiallySports. He has been a life-long fan of the Los Angeles Lakers and Liverpool FC. But when it comes to the NFL, you can always see him rooting for his favorite superstar Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs.

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