Uber Eats cut Jay Cutler from an ad deal after the former NFL quarterback questioned masking children in school, a spokeswoman for the company confirmed to The Federalist.
Cutler, who played on the Chicago Bears for eight seasons, took to Twitter to note Uber rescinded his offer, saying his “views weren’t aligned” with the company on mask mandates.
“Lost a commercial with Uber eats partnering with the NFL,” Cutler said. “Was going to film in LA, ‘views aren’t aligned.’ Guess they don’t like future School board members. Frees up my weekend.”
Lost a commercial with Uber eats partnering with the NFL. Was going to film in LA, "views aren't aligned." Guess they don't like future School board members. Frees up my weekend.
— Jay Cutler (@JayHasTweets) August 13, 2021
A few days before this admission, Cutler voiced his support for protests in Williams County, Tennessee against school mask mandates.
“Let’s be clear,” Cutler tweeted on Aug. 10. “No one wants to go to a school board meeting. So this speaks volumes.”
Let’s be clear. No one wants to go to a school board meeting. So this speaks volumes. https://t.co/MzeLKhdWor
— Jay Cutler (@JayHasTweets) August 11, 2021
According to the data aggregation site Burbio, half of the nation’s public schools are not requiring masks to return to school this fall. Centers for Disease Control data has long showed that children are at less risk from catching or transmitting COVID-19 than they are from car crashes, drowning, and pneumonia.
Amid schools across the country still pushing mandates and other coronavirus restrictions, on August 12 Cutler tweeted he was “doing school board research” for a potential “2024 campaign.”
In a statement sent to The Federalist, a spokeswoman for Uber Eats claimed that Cutler, 38, is not the proper candidate for its ad campaign work.
“We are proud of all the work Uber has done over the last year to help get as many people vaccinated as possible,” an Uber spokeswoman said. “As such, we prefer to partner with those who support that work.”
When asked in a follow-up who will replace the former quarterback, Uber did not respond. Cutler did not respond to The Federalist’s subsequent request for comment.