Sports | August 16, 2021 11:15 am

Ex-Quarterback Jay Cutler Cut From Uber Eats Ad Campaign With NFL Due to Anti-Masking Views

Cutler previously hinted at a possible run for school board in Tennessee over mask mandates

Former Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler stands on the field
Former Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler on the field prior to a game.
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According to one-time Pro Bowl quarterback Jay Cutler, he was cut from an Uber Eats ad campaign with the NFL due to his views on mask requirements in public schools to help stem the coronavirus pandemic.

Cutler, who previously hinted at a possible run for school board in Tennessee over mask mandates, apparently didn’t see eye-to-eye with Uber Eats and the NFL, the latter of which has strongly encouraged its players to get vaccinated and will impose strict penalties this season if there are COVID-19 outbreaks among unvaccinated players.

Uber, which has pledged to give 10 million free rides to vaccination sites, told The New York Post that it prefers to work with individuals who support its work in helping people get vaccinated.

“We are proud of all the work Uber has done over the last year to help get as many people vaccinated as possible. As such, we prefer to partner with those who support that work,” a spokesperson said.

Cutler’s tweet about being cut from the campaign generated messages of support as well as criticism of his views about the importance of wearing masks as the coronavirus continues its resurgence due to the Delta variant.

Following all of the messages, Cutler responded earlier today.

“Appreciate the words of support,” he wrote. “What I don’t understand is the people verbally attacking me. What happened to unity, acceptance and bringing people together? Seems like that isn’t the case unless I agree with you. Get a shot or wear a mask. Your choice. I will make my choice.”

Prior to this incident, Cutler had previously posted to social media about his views on the importance of wearing masks and the science behind doing so.

Some of what he posted was found to be scientifically inaccurate or factually incorrect and, as he was at points in his NFL career, flagged.

A screenshot of a flagged post on Jay Cutler's Instagram
A screenshot of a flagged post on Jay Cutler’s Instagram.

Cutler, who married reality TV star Kristin Cavallari and made appearances on her show Very Cavallari prior to their divorce in 2020, indicated he can handle all the Twitter shade better than he could handle being blitzed in the NFL.

Glad to hear it — because he’s going to keep hearing it.