Irving had a tough start to life in Brooklyn after arriving from the Celtics. Boston fans expected him to stay for the long haul but he jumped ship to “the Big Apple.” Then he succumbed to injury for most of his first season and missed key games in the second. Fans hoped that they would see the best of him in his third year alongside teammates James Harden and Kevin Durant.
Unfortunately, it didn’t go the way they thought. That’s because Irving refused a vaccination to play. According to New York State law, all athletes based in the region had to receive vaccinations to play. Visiting sports stars were an exception. Irving refused and played hardball with the franchise (via Fox News). It left them in a tight spot because they were without one of their best players.
Rodgers was a popular and unproblematic figure for the longest time. Even if NFL fans didn’t like the Packers, they still thought that the QB was a decent man. However, perceptions changed in 2021 when he demanded a trade from Green Bay. This was despite their roster enjoying an enhanced strength in depth. In the end, he agreed to stay until the end of the season.
But the drama didn’t end. NFL rules mandated athletes to receive vaccines. When asked if he had his, Rodgers said that he was “immunized” against the disease. It emerged that he used this choice of words for a reason. Instead of taking the vaccine like the majority of other people, he sought alternative treatments (via N.Y. Times). Needless to say, he fell ill and missed a key game for the Packers.