After Repeated Covid Violations, NFL Fines Aaron Rodgers 0.065% of His Salary

Aaron Rodgers and Adam Thielen
Dec 23, 2019; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) talks with Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen (19) following a game at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Ah, the NFL. They’ll hit guys with tough penalties for taunting because NFL athletes are role models. Meanwhile, one the of the game’s very best players lies several times and then defies the rules for several months; the NFL fines Aaron Rodgers a mere $14,650.

Here is how PFT breaks it down:

Rodgers repeatedly violated COVID protocols by not wearing a mask during press conferences in the facility; the NFL now admits that. But the league claims the Packers should have been enforcing the protocols, and the league refuses to regard multiple violations as “repeat” violations. The Packers never fined Rodgers for the violations, and it presumably won’t do it now. As one source put it on Tuesday night, “That’s bullshit.” If, for example, someone engages in shoplifting twice a week every week for eight weeks, the person has committed 16 violations of the shoplifting laws. There should be 16 penalties.

Let’s continue down the path that Florio laid out for us. Imagine, for the sake of argument, that Everson Griffen gets an unnecessary roughness penalty on Rodgers in the first quarter of the upcoming Packers game. He then goes on to put dirty hits on Rodgers, say, a dozen more times. Should Griffen get a flag for each hit?

Yesterday, I wrote about the NFL investigation on Aaron Rodgers and what they may do in terms of fines or some other form of league discipline:

As we all know, star quarterbacks get different treatment from the NFL. We see it every week when a mid-tier QB gets clobbered late without a yellow flag soaring through the air. We see it the week after when a defender high-fives Tom Brady too hard, resulting in an unnecessary roughness penalty and possible suspension. Who knows how the NFL will address this issue with Rodgers, one of the greatest players to step onto the football field.

We now know that the preferential treatment extends to off-field violations.

According to Over the Cap, Rodgers will get $22,364,706 in actual cash this season (which is different from his cap hit). My wife, the math wizard in the family, crunched the numbers. A $14,650 fine is a mere 0.065% of his salary this season. Less than 0.1%, folks. Not 1%, less than 0.1%.

Let’s add some context to these numbers. Let’s say John from Minnesota makes $50,000 a year selling Vikings memorabilia. John, though, can sometimes be a moron. He repeatedly parks in spots where he isn’t allowed to park. He does this for multiple months, repeatedly defying the laws in Minnesota. The state decides to fine him. If they settled on 0.065% of his salary, John would need to pay $32.50.

After all that, Aaron Rodgers was fined $14,650 by the NFL. That’s the equivalent of paying thirty-two and a half dollars for someone with a $50,000 salary. I hasten to add that these numbers don’t even consider the other sources of income for Rodgers, such as his sponsorship deals.

Folks, you can’t make this stuff up.