UFC Chief Criticizes Travis Kelce for Endorsing Questionable Product

Dana White Challenges Travis Kelce's Vaccine Advocacy Publicly.

by Nouman Rasool
UFC Chief Criticizes Travis Kelce for Endorsing Questionable Product
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In a surprising turn of events, the world of sports has witnessed an unexpected crossover between the UFC and the NFL. UFC President Dana White, following in the footsteps of Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, has openly criticized Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce for his association with pharmaceutical giant Pfizer and his advocacy for Covid-19 vaccination.

Travis Kelce, known for his dynamic presence on the field, recently appeared in a Pfizer commercial advocating for Covid-19 vaccination. This move has not only brought him into the limelight but also attracted scrutiny and criticism from notable figures in the sports world.

Earlier, Aaron Rodgers, during his appearance on The Pat McAfee Show, humorously nicknamed Kelce 'Mr. Pfizer', mocking his endorsement of the vaccine.

White's Blunt Critique

The controversy further escalated when Dana White, on the Full Send Podcast, expressed his disapproval of Kelce's promotion of the Covid-19 vaccine.

White, known for his blunt opinions, questioned the necessity of the vaccine, dubbing it as 'garbage' He said, "I don't know why you would promote that garbage. It's like people that are still wearing masks. You're basically just telling everybody 'Hey, I'm nuts.'

" Supporting White's stance, controversial UFC welterweight fighter Colby Covington also voiced his criticism of Kelce. Speaking on the PBD podcast, Covington lambasted Kelce for his lucrative endorsement deals, including his association with Pfizer.

He questioned the rationale behind getting vaccinated, especially when it comes to taking two shots simultaneously, a practice endorsed by the CDC. The debate took a humorous turn when Rodgers proposed a televised debate with Kelce regarding their differing views on the vaccine.

Responding lightheartedly, Kelce embraced the nickname 'Mr. Pfizer' and reiterated his support for vaccination, stating that his decision was based on ensuring safety for himself, his family, and those around him. Interestingly, Kelce also made a tongue-in-cheek reference to the Johnson & Johnson family, alluding to New York Jets owner Woody Johnson's connection to the Johnson & Johnson pharmaceutical company.

Despite the divergent opinions and the playful jabs, there seems to be no real animosity between Rodgers and Kelce. This unexpected intersection of opinions among sports celebrities highlights the continued impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on various aspects of life, including the world of professional sports.

As figures like Kelce and White voice their views, they not only influence public opinion but also reflect the diverse perspectives that continue to surround the topic of Covid-19 vaccination.

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