State Farm maintains ties with Aaron Rodgers after vaccine comments

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State Farm, which has a long-running advertising campaign that prominently features Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, said Monday in a statement to The Washington Post that Rodgers has “been a great ambassador for our company for much of the past decade” but that the company does not agree with “some of his statements” regarding coronavirus vaccines. Nonetheless, the insurance company is not severing ties with Rodgers, whose anti-vaccine comments Friday drew widespread condemnation.

“We don’t support some of the statements that he has made, but we respect his right to have his own personal point of view,” the company said in the statement. “We recognize our customers, employees, agents and brand ambassadors come from all walks of life, with differing viewpoints on many issues. Our mission at State Farm is to support safer, stronger communities. To that end, we encourage vaccinations, but respect everyone’s right to make a choice based on their personal circumstances.”
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State Farm’s media representatives did not answer questions posed to them about Rodgers’s future with the company, or about reports that State Farm significantly reduced the number of commercials featuring Rodgers that ran during sporting events over the weekend.



Rodgers is not vaccinated and tested positive for the coronavirus last week; he missed the Packers’ 13-7 loss at the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday and cannot rejoin the team until at least Saturday, one day before Green Bay’s home game against the Seattle Seahawks.
During an appearance Friday on “The Pat McAfee Show,” Rodgers defended his decision not to be vaccinated with one of the three available shots, claimed he was the victim of the “woke mob,” “cancel culture” and what he described as a “witch hunt” against him, and blasted the NFL’s coronavirus policies as not based on science. He said he had gone through an alternative vaccination process, one that was not approved under coronavirus protocols established for this season by the league and its players’ union, but claimed he wasn’t lying in August when he told reporters that he had been “immunized” from the coronavirus.
The NFL conducted a review of Rodgers’s alternative treatment and determined that there was insufficient scientific data to support his petition. The league and the NFLPA also are reviewing whether Rodgers and the Packers violated any aspects of the coronavirus protocols, which are much stricter for unvaccinated individuals than those who received the vaccine.



Health experts say Rodgers made several incorrect or misleading statements Friday, among them that he had achieved “natural immunity” via his alternative therapy, that the vaccines were ineffective and that the vaccines can cause infertility.
Rodgers has been a State Farm pitchman since 2011, appearing in television commercials that air frequently during sporting events. But according to data collected by Apex Marketing and first reported by the Action Network, the State Farm ads featuring Rodgers represented only 1.5 percent of the commercials aired by the company Sunday through 8 p.m. Eastern time.

Over the previous two Sundays, before his remarks about vaccines, the Rodgers commercials represented 25 percent of all State Farm ads.
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Though it’s unclear how much State Farm pays Rodgers, Forbes wrote in 2018 that Rodgers’s promotional deal with the company is “one of the richest endorsements in the sport.”



On Saturday, Wisconsin health-care provider Prevea Health announced it was ending its partnership with Rodgers, who had been a spokesman for the company since 2012.
“Prevea Health remains deeply committed to protecting its patients, staff, providers and communities amidst the COVID-19 pandemic,” the company said in a statement. “This includes encouraging and helping all eligible populations to become vaccinated against COVID-19 to prevent the virus from further significantly impacting lives and livelihoods.”
Rodgers, one of the most well-compensated NFL players on and off the field, has other promotional agreements besides the one with State Farm, among them Adidas, Bose and TaylorMade golf clubs. None of those companies have yet to comment on Rodgers.

 

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They would be dumb to get rid of him or Mahomies (for another few years that is, once he is out of the league, then they would cut ties).
 

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People will actually not use State Farm because Aaron Rodgers isn't vaxxed.

I suppose on the other hand as many idiots will now use State Farm just because he is their new hero.
 
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I surprised to read this, because in the other thread people were suggesting that State Farm had stopped airing his commercials and were going to drop him.
 

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That this story even exists is hilarious. This is the insanity of present day media that Matt Taibbi rails on. Maybe I'll write the column if he doesn't.
 
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An athlete didn't tell the media and the public the truth about personal medical details that we have no real right or business knowing. And some people are furious. Might even impact their insurance buying decisions...
Get a grip.
Typically people associate a product or service with their spokesperson. If that person is deemed or proven to not be reliable, trustworthy or honest, the product can suffer. Furthermore, if the spokesperson seeks guidance on a infectious diseases from horse trainers and comedians instead of infectious disease experts or qualified Dr's, it might hurt ones credibility and/or likeability. Nothing new.
 

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Kareem Abdul Jabbar on Rodgers:

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Typically people associate a product or service with their spokesperson. If that person is deemed or proven to not be reliable, trustworthy or honest, the product can suffer. Furthermore, if the spokesperson seeks guidance on a infectious diseases from horse trainers and comedians instead of infectious disease experts or qualified Dr's, it might hurt ones credibility and/or likeability. Nothing new.
State Farm doesn’t give a s damn if Aaron is vaxxed or not. All they care about is if it helps sales. Preliminary indications are they don’t think it’s going to help sales.
 

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In a few weeks, this story is old news as Rodgers and the Packers are making a playoff push.
 

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I guess all these really discerning insurance consumers will just have to go with Flo and Progressive.
Someone you can really trust...
Somebody should probably get Flo on the record regarding her vaccination status...
 
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If you can't trust Limu the Emu when it comes to your insurance spokeperson...who can you trust?

Mayhem? No...that guy is crazy. Definitely not vaccinated...
 
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Rogers was one of many millions of people that probably latched on to bad information about the vaccine.

It's not the bad information that bothers me, it's the lying about it and then smugly acting like you're smarter than CDC scientists because you listen to the male version of Gwyneth Paltrow. Rodgers got caught in a lie and now is acting like a spoiled child who got caught with his hand in the cookie jar and won't admit it. I've always thought Rodgers was a diva, now I think he's a piece of shit.
 

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It's not the bad information that bothers me, it's the lying about it and then smugly acting like you're smarter than CDC scientists because you listen to the male version of Gwyneth Paltrow. Rodgers got caught in a lie and now is acting like a spoiled child who got caught with his hand in the cookie jar and won't admit it. I've always thought Rodgers was a diva, now I think he's a piece of shit.
That’s the other thing for Rodgers. First he admits he is stupid and then compounds the issue and demonstrates he is a douche.

nice work destroying your personal brand
 

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An athlete didn't tell the media and the public the truth about personal medical details that we have no real right or business knowing. And some people are furious. Might even impact their insurance buying decisions...
Get a grip.
Can you be more ignorant? He lied about everything including numerous lies about what supposedly his employer(the NFL) told him regarding the virus. Lied about whether he was vaccinated. All because his inflated ego doesn't think he should be criticized for anything.

I could give two shits about whether he's vaccinated or not. His choice. Lying and not following numerous protocols and then coming out with more lies because that damn media called him out on it is the issue.

Other players aren't vaccinated and getting the virus but they have the guts to be honest about their reasons and be open about it or not say anything but follow the protocols. Not near the story.
 

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His team and the NFL knew his status. Don't pretend they didn't know if he'd turned in a legit vaccine card or not. They let him bend the rules because they wanted to avoid that battle in an already contentious relationship.
He gave a misleading answer, because he wanted to avoid this very thing we're seeing now. He didn't want to litigate his personal decision in the public realm.
If he hadn't caught Covid, it would have worked. Would have never been an issue.
 

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His team and the NFL knew his status. Don't pretend they didn't know if he'd turned in a legit vaccine card or not.
He gave a misleading answer, because he wanted to avoid this very thing we're seeing now. He didn't want to litigate his personal decision in the public realm.
If he hadn't have caught Covid, it would have worked. Would have never been an issue.

If that turns out to be true be prepared for the largest team fine in the history of the NFL.

And the friggin' point is that he DID get Covid, and needlessly exposed countless others to it because of his hubris. F**k Aaron Rodgers. If I was commissioner I'd suspend him for the rest of the pandemic.
 
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He could have caught Covid if he had been vaccinated. There is no way to say that his vaccination decision would, or would not have resulted in the same outcome we are seeing now.
Sure, less likely. But, we are seeing breakthrough cases in the NFL. So, it cannot be said that Rodgers would not have Covid if he'd been vaccinated.
 

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He could have caught Covid if he had been vaccinated. There is no way to say that his vaccination decision would, or would not have resulted in the same outcome we are seeing now.
Sure, less likely. But, we are seeing breakthrough cases in the NFL. So, it cannot be said that Rodgers would not have Covid if he'd been vaccinated.

Again, not the point. He knew he wasn't vaccinated and flaunted all the protocols.
 
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He could have caught Covid if he had been vaccinated. There is no way to say that his vaccination decision would, or would not have resulted in the same outcome we are seeing now.
Sure, less likely. But, we are seeing breakthrough cases in the NFL. So, it cannot be said that Rodgers would not have Covid if he'd been vaccinated.
You continue to miss the point. Don't lie about it. make your choice and follow what the protocols are. He made his choice. Felt like he didn't have to follow any protocols. Your personal feelings on the protocols don't matter. Neither do his. He had the option to stay home if he didn't like them.
 

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He could have caught Covid if he had been vaccinated. There is no way to say that his vaccination decision would, or would not have resulted in the same outcome we are seeing now.
Sure, less likely. But, we are seeing breakthrough cases in the NFL. So, it cannot be said that Rodgers would not have Covid if he'd been vaccinated.
And if Rodgers had been vaxxed and still caught Covid people would have said, bad break.

now the just say, stupid douche