- NFL fans cannot believe the amount of money that Aaron Rodgers was fined for COVID protocol violations.
- When compared to fines that CeeDee Lamb received for uniform violations, it’s truly absurd.
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On Tuesday afternoon, the NFL issued fines to the Green Bay Packers, quarterback Aaron Rodgers and receiver Allen Lazard. The punishment stemmed from a review that found the team and its who players did not follow the league’s COVID-19 protocols.
Rodgers and Lazard, both unvaccinated, each attended a Halloween party despite their vaccination status. That is a direct violation of protocols that prohibit unvaccinated players from gathering outside of team facilities in a group of more than three players.
While the Packers did not sanction the party, the NFL found that the organization was aware of the gathering after the fact. Thus, it is being fined for failure to report the violations and failure to discipline its players.
Here is how the fines broke down as result of the violations:
- Green Bay — $300,000
- Aaron Rodgers — $14,650
- Allen Lazard — $14,650
To put that number in context, that is 0.00067 of what the NFL MVP quarterback will earn this season. It is the equivalent of an individual who makes $60,000 in a year being fined $40.20.
Although the fines were discussed and agreed upon by both the league and its player’s association, they are ludicrous when compared to other fines that have been handed out this season.
For example, Cowboys wide receiver CeeDee Lamb (who has not violated health & safety protocols) was fined five times in the first six games. He received multiple fines for having his jersey untucked, and another for the type of socks he was wearing.
The five fines totaled $46,350— more than three times that of Rodgers and Lazard. Amari Cooper’s reaction to Lamb’s fines was hilarious, as they were indeed violations of the rules and he broke them on multiple occasions.
But with that being said, the fact that Lamb has been fined more for his uniform than Rodgers for his health and safety violation is absurd and rules need to change. Regardless of whether Rodgers was in the right or in the wrong, putting various beliefs surrounding the league’s COVID-19 policies aside, it’s a bad look.
Quite a few people had extreme reactions to the disparity in fines. Most people agreed that the subjective
Here is what fans, experts and players both former and current had to say:
CeeDee Lamb was fined $20k for having his jersey untucked last week. Aaron Rodgers was fined $14k for ignoring COVID protocols all season. I get the enforcement rules are different, but it just looks bad and doesn't add up.
— Chris Simms (@CSimmsQB) November 10, 2021
CeeDee Lamb paying a higher fine then Aaron Rodgers pic.twitter.com/IRiVAdDQm5
— Blake Garman (@FrostedBlakes34) November 10, 2021
I'm very interested to know what actuarial equations or statistical metrics the NFL leverages to create their fines structure.
Aaron Rodgers breaking COVID protocol + lying to public
Jerry Jeudy excessive celebration
CeeDee Lamb jersey untucked
— Analytics Capper (@AnalyticsCapper) November 10, 2021
Good thing they fined CeeDee Lamb all that $ for the untucked shirt, I mean if others come in contact with the untucked shirt they may get sick and have to miss games…
— The Dantriloquist (@DanTheSportsFan) November 10, 2021
Aaron Rodgers gets fined $15k for lying for months. CeeDee Lamb gets fined $20k for not tucking in his Jersey. #NFL pic.twitter.com/Dy9HMWtml2
— MrGOODFORD (@MrGoodford) November 10, 2021
The NFL has become a joke very quickly. @_CeeDeeThree gets fined 20K for having his jersey untucked and @AaronRodgers12 gets fined 14K for breaking covid protocols. What is going on!?🤔 @NFL
— Steve (@StevieL34) November 10, 2021
So, CeeDee Lamb got fined more than Aaron Rodgers…just because his jersey was untucked?
Yeah, something's not right with that picture.
— Keith T. (@Da_Taylormaniac) November 10, 2021
The fact that Ceedee Lamb was fined more for an untucked jersey than Aaron Rodgers was for breaking covid protocol for over 2 months is bafflingly hilarious
— 𝐊𝐀𝐍𝐆 (@KangKorp) November 10, 2021