Do Individual Players have Rights?

Posted On Friday, 28 January 2022 23:49

Obviously, the media surrounding Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ stance on his personal decision to not get the COVID-19 vaccine to inoculate him from the virus that is raging our country is of great concern to the National Football League as well as the effect it has on the rest of our country. As a member of an organization (Green Bay Packers) does a single individual have that right to not participate? Does his individual decision affect his teammates?

As you ponder the situation with Rodgers also consider the case of Novak Djokovic, arguably the best male tennis player in the world. Djokovic, a Serbian professional tennis player was recently denied entry into Australia to play the 2022 Australian Open and was deported from Australia after losing an appeal against visa cancellation. He was denied an opportunity to seek his tenth trophy which would break his own record as well as his 21st victory from all major championships. The fans could care less that he has not been vaccinated (an Australian mandate) as they just want to see this champion play.

“Rules are rules,” said the Australian administrator. Since you witnessed Rodgers quarterbacking the Packers yesterday, either he complied with the vaccination mandate, or maybe the NFL decided he needed to play – not sure where this ended up.

Regardless, the issue here is, do individual rights supersede those of the organization’s rules?

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