In Rodgers’s newest interview — properly, extra like a staged look with questions spoon-fed by the host, Pat McAfee, a former N.F.L. punter — he trotted out a half-baked apology and claimed to take full accountability for what he had mentioned the week earlier than. He additionally mentioned he stood by his place on vaccines.
It’s not clear he actually understands the ripple-effect injury brought on by a sports activities star of his magnitude sowing doubt. Physicians are those coping with this calamity in real-time, and a lot of their work today facilities on convincing the reluctant that there’s one software obtainable to assist curb the mass unfold of Covid — the vaccine.
“If I can establish a rapport, I might be able to get some science, some actual facts in front of the patient,” Dr. Martin mentioned. “But Aaron Rodgers is someone everybody knows, and he’s someone whose views are listened to. So now when I’m in front of that reluctant patient, they have these conflicting things that they’ve heard. And that’s not making this any easier.”
Is it doable to have sympathy for Rodgers and different athletes suggesting doubt concerning the vaccines? (Thinking of you, Kyrie Irving.) Well, positive. For all their fame, they’re like the remainder of us, making an attempt to make sense of a horrific state of affairs. Everyone is doing this whereas going through tsunamis of knowledge.
We are all prone to being duped.
So, sure, for all of the injury their vaccine-doubting views can deliver, we are able to additionally spare some compassion — at the least a contact, whereas additionally holding toes to the hearth and anticipating sports activities stars to consider greater than themselves in the course of the worst pandemic in a century. With fame and the sway it brings comes that accountability.
Dr. Martin agrees.
“I’m more than willing to give him a tour of an emergency room, talk to him, and answer his questions,” he informed me. Hopefully, Rodgers would pay attention, despite the fact that the physician is a Minnesota Vikings fan.