Aaron Rodgers cites Martin Luther King Jr. to defend criticism of NFL protocols

Aaron Rodgers made his very first public remarks Friday on the “Pat McAfee Show” after checking favorable for COVID-19, and the Green Bay Packers quarterback did not keep back on his ideas concerning the vaccine and his belief in “bodily autonomy.”

Throughout his look, Rodgers priced quote Martin Luther King Jr. in an effort to validate his criticism of the league’s procedures for unvaccinated gamers and of the COVID-19 vaccine itself. Unvaccinated gamers are needed to use a mask inside group centers.

“There have been conversations with it,” Rodgers stated when inquired about interaction with the NFL over not using a mask throughout media schedule.. “I would add this to the mix as an aside, but the great MLK said you have a moral obligation to object to unjust rules and rules that make no sense.”

Rodgers will not play Sunday and will not be permitted at the group center for the next 10 days, according to NFL procedures, which were worked out with the NFLPA.

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“In my opinion, it makes no sense for me, I test every single day,” Rodgers continued.

In “Letter from a Birmingham Jail,” King composed: “One has not only a legal but a moral responsibility to obey just laws. Conversely, one has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws. I would agree with St. Augustine that ‘an unjust law is no law at all.'”

In 1963, King and practically 50 other civil liberties activists were jailed after leading a presentation in Birmingham, Alabama, to accentuate the mistreatment and bigotry experienced by Black Americans throughout partition.

Later on in the letter, King shares that he hopes readers have the ability to see that he is not promoting for defiance, however concentrating on the determination to accept charge.

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“One who breaks an unjust law must do so openly, lovingly and with a willingness to accept penalty.” composed King. “I submit that an individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for the law.”

Sportsnet host Donovan Bennett echoed the sensations of lots of on social networks. “Comparing himself to MLK’s letter from a Birmingham jail is offensive and out of touch,” Bennett composed on Twitter. “MLK was fighting for equal rights. Rodgers is fighting for privilege.”

Contact Analis Bailey at aabailey@usatoday.com or on Twitter @analisbailey.

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