Three starting NFL quarterbacks made headlines this week while simply trying to navigate through the coronavirus hysteria the world is currently forced to endure.
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger, Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Tom Brady and Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers all got attacked online for separate incidents.
First was Rodgers, who dared to speak his mind concerning coronavirus lockdowns, saying it’s “like house arrest.”
During an interview on Friday, Rodgers explained how at first, “I think we all were buying into the idea of quarantine to flatten the curve.”
He continued to say, “I think there are a lot of questions now that it’s more of a house arrest to find a cure with people wondering exactly what that means as far as the future of the country and the freedoms we’re allowed to have at this point.”
While admitting he’s hopeful the NFL season will still take place, Rodgers said the “state of the country” and the “36-plus million people on unemployment right now” are more important.
“We have rising poverty levels to go along with the unemployment, you have suicide hotline is up 8,000 percent,” he stated.
“There’s really a lot of problems going on in the country right now associated with the fear around this pandemic,” Rodgers added, “and I hope that we can use some common sense moving forward and make decisions that are going to be in the best interest of all people moving forward, and I hope that sports is a part of that at some point.”
The “Karens” of the internet who disagree with Rodgers flooded Twitter with angry posts:
@AaronRodgers12 spare me the "house arrest" comment with your $134 million contract…
Better yet, why don't ya go volunteer at American Foods or some of the other meat packing places where people are scared to go back to work? https://t.co/B7nXnby0wR
— Rita (@RitasReel) May 15, 2020
… Your massive platform to encourage people to wear masks, practice social distancing, and avoid packing restaurants, beaches, and parks. That will help more than throwing a football. BTW, I still like watching you play, one of the best ever.
— Jay Patel (@jaypsalespro) May 17, 2020
This fucking guy!👎🤨
CBS Sports: Aaron Rodgers compares coronavirus stay-at-home orders to 'house arrest'.https://t.co/Y8hUYWlgZd
— SWED_44 (@44Swed) May 19, 2020
Because in times of crisis, we should turn to the expert opinions of an NFL quarterback to show us the way. 🙄🙄https://t.co/CYHkGNF0q5
— Andrew Whitley (@AndrewWhitleyVA) May 17, 2020
The legendary Tom Brady is also under fire, but Brady’s “scandal” revolves around health products the quarterback is selling.
Brady announced a new immunity blend supplement on Monday, which would usually be totally normal, but during the coronavirus pandemic many Americans are being attacked for trying to help people build their immune systems.
A Detroit doctor was even raided by federal law enforcement for giving patients Vitamin-C to treat coronavirus.
— Tom Brady (@TomBrady) May 18, 2020
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Over the years I’ve learned how important it is to be proactive and take care of my own body. Eating healthy, staying hydrated and being active in combination with the right supplements have helped me stay at my very best. Today I’m proud to announce the latest from @tb12sports to help us all stay at our best. Protect is our new immunity blend supplement created to help support a healthy immune system. This product was designed to provide exactly what you need to stay healthy, strong and resilient for whatever comes your way.
Critics claim Brady is trying to make money off of COVID-19 fears and that he’s advertising the product as protection from the virus.
However, the CEO of Brady’s company TB12, John Burns, is not backing down, telling Yahoo News, “Now more than ever, it’s important to have daily support for a healthy immune response as our bodies are subject to constant stressors that deplete its resources.”
The internet was extremely triggered that Brady would dare try to help someone who wants to build up their immune system in the midst of a worldwide pandemic.
One woman claiming to be a doctor said Brady’s strong immune system isn’t the reason he’s coronavirus-free, instead crediting his health to his wealth and ability to isolate.
The reason Tom Brady doesn’t have coronavirus isn’t an immune boosting supplement, it’s because he’s obscenely rich and can isolate unlike delivery drivers, cleaners, meat workers, grocery store workers, nurses and doctors. Using this crisis to enrich himself is disgusting. pic.twitter.com/CAQMGG8uxV
— Dr Kate Gregorevic (@DrKGregorevic) May 19, 2020
Oh Tom this is so disappointing. The marketing of this product is clearly playing on people’s fears over Covid and a belief that the immune system just needs a boost to recover from it. If it’s an athlete recovery supplement say that, don’t play up to people’s fears about Covid
— Julia Offord Pearman (@JuliaPearman) May 18, 2020
Tom Brady's personal net worth is reported at $180 million. Gisele Bündchen, his wife's, at $400 million. And yet he's decided to peddle bullshit $45/month supplements in the name of supporting a, "healthy immune response". What a greedy, ignorant, shameless, asshole. pic.twitter.com/mie7N85NCW
— Yoni Freedhoff, MD (@YoniFreedhoff) May 19, 2020
Tom Brady is selling a non-FDA approved, homeopathic medley of vitamins that allegedly will “activate your immune system.” https://t.co/qkaqOhXNOd
— Marcela E. García (@marcela_elisa) May 19, 2020
Lastly, Steelers quarterback “Big” Ben Roethlisberger is being shamed for the heinous crime of getting his hair and beard cut.
After injuring his elbow last year, Ben said he wouldn’t shave his beard or cut his hair until he could throw an NFL quality pass again.
On Monday, the Steelers released a video showing Ben tossing footballs and then getting his hair and beard cut, ending with a teammate saying, “He’s back!”
The beard is trimmed…
— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) May 18, 2020
The viral video was celebrated by Steelers fans, but many internet users were upset that Ben allegedly defied Pennsylvania’s stay-at-home order.
Even Gov. Tom Wolf (D-PA) touched on the “scandal,” saying, “When you go to something like a barbershop and you’re not protected, I don’t care who you are, the chances of that virus actually wreaking havoc on your life increases.”
A lawyer representing the barbershop where Roethlisberger got the haircut responded to the governor by explaining the exchange was a “personal favor” where no money was traded.
“Norman’s Cuttin’ Edge Barber Shop has been closed for business since the governor’s shut-down order, and presently remains closed, in full compliance with the law and state regulations,” the shop’s lawyer said. “Mr. Norman and Mr. Roethlisberger are close personal friends, and Mr. Norman’s use of his free time during closure to provide a haircut to his was a personal favor where no money was received or exchanged.”
Nevertheless, the QB was shamed by the internet:
Roethlisberger has already been suspended by the league.
Getting a haircut when no one else is allowed to is cheating. Plain and simple.
If the NFL has any notion of consistency, he'd be suspended 8 games and the Steelers would have their first round pick taken from them. https://t.co/Z7R2CR7YUM
— Paul Gallant (@GallantSays) May 20, 2020
The barbershop says a lot here. What I got from it is that Ben Roethlisberger got his beard shaved and hair cut for free — while breaking quarantine restrictions:https://t.co/M9shtQznBz
— Jacob Klinger (@Jacob_Klinger_) May 20, 2020
CNN thought the haircut “scandal” was important enough to interview the barber, Carlos Norman, about the situation.
Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger got a haircut, defying lockdown orders — and Pennsylvania’s governor wasn’t happy about it.
— CNN Newsroom (@CNNnewsroom) May 20, 2020
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