The NFL is notoriously reactive, not proactive. The enforcement, or lack thereof, of the league’s COVID protocols becomes the latest example of this reality.

Consider the Aaron Rodgers situation. The league knew that he wasn’t vaccinated, and the league knew that he was repeatedly violating protocol by showing up for indoor press conferences without a mask. And the league did nothing. If Rodgers hadn’t tested positive 16 days ago, he’d still be showing up for indoor press conferences without a mask, and his protocol violations arising from unauthorized parties and gatherings would be happening without incident.

Now that the long-simmer suspicions regarding fake vaccination cards have reached full boil, the NFL will take action, because it has to. Still, the NFL knew or should have known that players potentially supplied fake vaccination cards. It’s too easy to forge one. It’s also extremely easy to prove that a card is fake.