Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers wants to set the record straight about his recent toe injury, dismissing claims that he had a condition known as “COVID toe.”
Rodgers told reporters he had a fractured toe and demanded an apology from The Wall Street Journal, which published a story claiming that his toe injury was a medical condition brought on by his recent COVID-19 diagnosis.
The Journal story, Aaron Rodgers Doesn’t Just Have Any Toe Injury. He Has COVID Toe, cited remarks Rodgers made in an appearance on The Pat McAfee Show on Tuesday, wherein he joked with the host, saying that he “didn’t have any lingering effects other than COVID toe.”
The quarterback said he was disappointed in the media’s coverage of his flippant remarks.
During a Zoom news conference, Rodgers said he expected an apology from the Journal, adding he did “get a kick out of reading that article.”
“I’m glad you asked just so I could show you the lesions of my foot here, so if I have enough room on this camera, let me see if I can,” Rodgers said, lifting his left foot to the camera. “Oh, there’s no lesions whatsoever. Oh, what a surprise.”
“That’s actually called disinformation when you perpetuate false information about an individual. I have a fractured toe,” Rodgers added.