Aaron Rodgers denies allegation he shared Sandy Hook conspiracy theories

New York Jets quarterback Aaron Rodgers said he has “never been of the opinion that the events” surrounding the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School did not take place. Rodgers’ statement comes one day after CNN reported that the quarterback shared debunked conspiracy theories about the shooting not being real.

“As I’m on the record saying in the past, what happened in Sandy Hook was an absolute tragedy,” Rodgers wrote on X, formerly Twitter on Thursday. “I am not and have never been of the opinion that the events did not take place. Again, I hope that we learn from this and other tragedies to identify the signs that will allow us to prevent unnecessary loss of life. My thoughts and prayers continue to remain with the families affected along with the entire Sandy Hook community.”

Quotes by the quarterback shortly after the shooting, from the “Aaron Rodgers Show” on 540 ESPN Milwaukee, resurfaced this week.

“I hope that we can learn from this and learn from the signs more and not ever have something like this happen and keep this on our minds because these are things that affect all of us directly or indirectly and this needs to be something we learn from,” Rodgers said in a clip that was posted to YouTube by Fox6 News Milwaukee on July 11, 2013.

CNN reported that Rodgers, who was reportedly approached by United States presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. about serving as his running mate on an independent ticket, told CNN journalist Pamela Brown in 2013 that the shooting was a government inside job and the media was intentionally ignoring it. According to the report, CNN spoke to another person who shared a similar story, saying that several years ago Rodgers said,  “Sandy Hook never happened … All those children never existed. They were all actors.”

The shooting in Newtown, Conn., at Sandy Hook Elementary took place on Dec. 14, 2012, and resulted in the deaths of 20 children and six adults.

On Wednesday, Pat McAfee shared that Rodgers was in Costa Rica on a trip to use the psychedelic drug ayahuasca this week as news about being a vice presidential candidate broke. Rodgers appeared in a photo shared by Miami Dolphins safety Jordan Poyer on Wednesday via Instagram.

It is not clear whether Rodgers has formally been offered the position. Kennedy told The New York Times he and Rodgers have been talking “pretty continuously” for the past month. Kennedy announced Wednesday that he will announce his running mate on March 26.

Rodgers, 40, has made controversial statements in the past, including implying on “The Pat McAfee Show” that late-night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel’s name would appear in court documents related to convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.

Rodgers previously came under off-the-field scrutiny for comments regarding his COVID-19 vaccination status. Kennedy, 70, has also expressed skepticism regarding the COVID-19 vaccine.

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