NFL Fines Green Bay Packers $300,000 While Aaron Rodgers and Allen Lazard Pay Almost Nothing

Published 11/10/2021, 3:49 AM EST
SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 19: Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers looks on from the sidelines in the first half against the San Francisco 49ers during the NFC Championship game at Levi’s Stadium on January 19, 2020 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)


The NFL world came to a standstill when Aaron Rodgers tested positive for COVID-19. Just days ahead of the positive test, Rodgers shared images of his Halloween costume, and several players attended a party. Not only were they without masks, something Green Bay Packers has mandated, they openly flouted many restrictions.

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Aaron Rodgers and Green Bay Packers fined for COVID violations

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Because of these violations, the NFL has imposed some insanely heavy fines on Green Bay Packers. Every player at the party also received a fine, from Aaron Rodgers to Allen Lazard and more. Not only was the party an obvious violation, but the Packers failed to report the incident to the NFL as well.

Because of this, the NFL levied a $300,000 fine on Green Bay Packers. Aaron Rodgers and Allen Lazard shelled out $14,650 for the COVID violations they committed. What has shocked many people is that the franchise bore the brunt of the punishment, even though Aaron Rodgers was the one who started the fire.

Rodgers tested positive, which became global news after he revealed his vaccination status. He then added more fuel to the fire with his comments on the Pat McAfee Show. A regular guest on the podcast; Rodgers spoke about taking advice from Joe Rogan, the former UFC analyst. Not only is Rogan a controversial figure in combat sports, but even in mainstream news because of his comments about COVID-19.

Is it a fine or a joke?

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Rodgers welcomed the backlash and even blasted those who wanted him ‘canceled’. He attacked ‘woke culture’ and then revealed he was allergic to certain ingredients in the vaccinations. The long, dragged out situation saw a rather comforting end for the Packers’ star QB. Fourteen grand is a tiny amount in comparison with the fine imposed on the Packers.

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Should Rodgers take more accountability for his actions? Will the Packers have their own way to dole out punishment to players who flout COVID restrictions? For Packers fans, they already got violated by watching Jordan Love fail against Kansas City Chiefs. If not the franchise, their fans definitely do not deserve this treatment.

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Nathan Fulgado

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Nathan Fulgado is an NFL author at EssentiallySports. Having published close to 1000 professional wrestling articles, Nathan is currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier's College. He has previously worked at Free Press Journal as a local journalist.

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