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Opinion Why defend Mr. Rodgers’s anti-vaccination stance

Quarterback Aaron Rogers of the Green Bay Packers on Oct. 28 in Glendale, Ariz.
Quarterback Aaron Rogers of the Green Bay Packers on Oct. 28 in Glendale, Ariz. (Jeff Lewis/AP)

I was shocked by Sally Jenkins’s Nov. 4 Sports column, “QB dodged the shot but cannot dodge the lie.”  Ms. Jenkins wrote about Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers that “Everyone should respect his decision to try homeopathy over a coronavirus vaccine.”

Why would she suggest that unproven remedies are an alternative to science and a choice that we should respect?

She wrote, “There are plenty of defensible reasons not to” get the coronavirus vaccine. Other than some health reasons for which the vaccine might be contraindicated — which Mr. Rodgers probably does not have and which he was not claiming — what is a defensible reason when you are in daily body-to-body contact with teammates and others?

Ms. Jenkins correctly called out Mr. Rodgers’s deceit, but she boosted the nefarious cause of the anti-vaxxers.

Howard Shapiro, Bethesda

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