As Aaron Rodgers struggles to figure out his future in the NFL and the media calls him a “playoff loser,” a narcissistic “diva,” and one of America’s most notorious COVID vaccine opponents, he’s probably not looking for advice or solace. from his family.
That’s because Rodgers, 38, is still estranged from his parents, who live in Chico, according to a lengthy ESPN profile of Rodgers that was released last week ahead of the Green Bay Packers’ stunning 10-13 loss to San Francisco. 49ers in their playoffs. game on Saturday. Rogers “did not speak to his parents or two brothers for several years for reasons he refused to disclose,” according to ESPN.
The long-known rift between Rogers and his parents, Ed and Darla Rogers, and his brothers Jordan and Luke, continues. The source of the feud has always been a mystery, as have the reasons why it persists — even though Rogers and his chiropractic father have common ground in their skepticism about COVID-19 vaccines and mandates, according to ESPN.
In his active Twitter feed, chiropractor Ed Rogers shares messages from politicians and other prominent figures in the anti-vaccine movement, such as Charlie Kirk and Candice Owens, and often refers to “liberal brainwashed idiots” who “destroy their organs” by taking the vaccine. ESPN reports.
And while Ed Rogers and Aaron are reportedly not on speaking terms, the father showed support for his famous son in early November, after his son came under fire for testing positive for COVID-19, allegedly for lying about his vaccine status, violating NFL safety. . protocols and rants on The Pat McAfee Show about all the reasons why he refused to be vaccinated, predicting that he would fall victim to the “wake-up crowd” and “cancellation culture.” Ed Rogers retweeted:
RT this if you think Aaron Rodgers @AaronRogers12 vaccination status is his business, and only his.
— Hodgetwins (@hodgetwins) November 5, 2021
Ed Rogers also shares his son’s admiration for podcaster Joe Rogan. Earlier this month, Ed Rogers retweeted a post promoting Rogan’s lengthy interview with cardiologist Peter McCullough. According to Health Feedback, during an interview with Rogan, McCullough “made several inaccurate, misleading, and/or unsubstantiated statements about the COVID-19 pandemic and COVID-19 vaccines.”
Ed Rogers may have expressed his appreciation for Rogan, but his son’s admission of seeking COVID treatment advice from a podcaster has made him the butt of countless social media jokes and memes. Rogers bragged to McAfee that he spoke to his “good friend” Rogan about using ivermectin to treat COVID. The drug is given to both humans and horses to treat parasites, but the Food and Drug Administration has said it is not an effective treatment for the coronavirus. Even McAfee tried her best not to laugh when Rogers mentioned Rogan’s name.
Aaron Rogers says he is taking Joe Rogan’s advice on how to deal with COVID-19 and is also taking Ivermectin.
Get ready for media heads to explode. pic.twitter.com/DXjGJrwif6
— David Hookstead (@dhookstead) November 5, 2021
Rogers’ feud with his family was made public in the spring of 2016 by Jordan Rogers while he was a contestant on The Bachelorette. While wooing JoJo Fletcher, Jordan Rogers revealed that he is close to his older brother Luke, but that Aaron Rogers is estranged from the rest of the family.
Aaron Rogers was conspicuously absent when Fletcher traveled to Chico to meet the Rogers family during the hometown dating episode of the dating reality show. Jordan Rogers, who is still engaged to Fletcher, tried to explain why.
“He just chose this way of life. I chose to stay close to my family, parents and brother. [Luke],” Jordan Rogers said on the show.
Luke Rogers added: “It hurts both of us not to have that kind of relationship (with Aaron) – we miss our brother. I believe God will come full circle and everything will come back to us as a family.”
This week, a source close to Rogers told People magazine that he and Jordan “have started to talk a bit” as they try to patch up their years-long split, although the source also said “there are still differences between the two.”
An ESPN story said that Rodgers began to move away from what he considered his family’s “dogmatic religious views” while studying and playing football at Butte Community College before moving on to UC Berkeley to play for the Golden Bears. .
“Ultimately, rules and regulations and binary systems don’t really sit well with me,” Rogers said in a 2020 podcast with his then-girlfriend Danica Patrick, discussing how he came to consider himself spiritual rather than religious. “Some people just need structure and tradition. It works for them. I have no problem with this. It just doesn’t resonate with me.”
But it’s also been reported that Rodgers began to drift away from his family after he led the Packers to Super Bowl victory in 2011 and then after he started dating movie and TV star Olivia Munn in 2014. Some reports said that Jordan Rodgers and the rest of the family were jealous of Aaron’s fame and success in the NFL. Other reports stated that Mann did not get along well with his family.
But the rift continued after he and Mann split in April 2017. Friction seemed to intensify after Ed Rogers spoke of the feud in a New York Times interview earlier that year.
“Fame can change a lot,” Ed Rogers said at the time.
Aaron Rodgers suggested that he spoke to his parents in late 2018, two weeks after Jordan accused him of being a bad son because he failed to check on their mother when a devastating campfire destroyed Paradise. a city in the foothills of the Sierra next to Chico. . Rogers revealed that he recently saw his parents when they visited him in Green Bay to watch and play, and to celebrate his 35th birthday.
With this report of a possible thaw in Rogers’ relationship with his parents, Mann expressed his joy in an interview with TMZ. Her comments suggested that she was never the reason Rogers kept his distance from his family. “Oh my God! Well, if that’s true, it’s amazing. It’s long overdue,” she said.
By the spring of 2021, after Rogers announced his engagement to fellow film and TV star Shailene Woodley, the feud appeared to be back on track, according to Us Weekly. Rogers broke the news of his engagement in February 2021, when he was named NFL MVP for the third time, but a source told Us Weekly in April that it was unclear if the Rogers family would receive a wedding invitation.
“Aaron is still thinking about which family members to invite. This is something that puts a lot of pressure on him,” the source said, referring to the “tense” situation in the family. “It will definitely be a special day and it would be wrong of him not to invite his family, but everyone knows about their strained relationship and knows that (these) problems cannot be solved overnight.”
In July, Woodley told Entertainment Tonight that there was “no wedding planning” because she and Rogers were “in no rush” to get married.
This story has been updated.