Aaron Rodgers, Allen Lazard, Green Bay Packers fined over COVID-19 protocol violations

There is continued fallout over Aaron Rodgers’ COVID-19 vaccination status.

Rodgers, receiver Allen Lazard and the Green Bay Packers have been fined by the NFL for not following the league’s COVID-19 protocols, CNN reported.

The rules were agreed upon by both the NFL and the players’ union, The New York Times reported.

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The team was fined $300,000, and Rodgers and Lazard were each fined $14,650, CNN reported.

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The NFL said Rodgers and Lazard attended a Halloween party while being unvaccinated.

The NFL states that unvaccinated players cannot gather outside of a team’s facilities in a group of more than three players.

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Rodgers did not wear a mask when speaking with reporters, which also goes against the rules, the Times reported.

Green Bay didn’t approve the party, and was only made aware of it after the event. The fine was a result of the team not reporting the violation to the NFL and not punishing the two players, CNN reported.

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If the team violates more rules, the Packers could face harsher penalties, such as the loss of draft picks, the Times reported.

News of the fine came a week after Rodgers said he had tested positive for COVID-19 and said that he had not been vaccinated against the illness, the Times reported. He is currently serving a 10-day isolation period. If he is cleared in time, he could play Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks.