Aaron Rodgers says he “ironed things out” with Nick Barnett

Green Bay Packers team photogate is the annoying story that won’t die.  It multiplies.

On Sunday, quarterback Aaron Rodgers and coach Mike McCarthy tried to put the issue behind them after Rodgers helped re-ignite the controversy by criticizing his teammates Saturday.

Rodgers reached out to Barnett Saturday using an old technological device called a telephone.  It’s believed you can Tweet from a telephone, but Rodgers actually called Barnett to speak to him directly.

“I initiated the conversation,” Rodgers told ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio.   “We ironed things out. I didn’t think there needed to be an apology on either side.

“I reminded him I was the one who went to the third floor and lobbied to have everyone in the team photo. I realize people are going to want to talk about this at the Super Bowl, but everything is cool.”

Packers coach Mike McCarthy seemed exasperated that he’s still talking about the issue.  He didn’t understand why Rodgers was critical of players working out away from the team yesterday.

“I don’t share that viewpoint. Once again, it’s a non-issue. Frankly, we’re really ready to get to Dallas. Everybody is,” McCarthy said.

The Packers head coach didn’t think it was necessary to get involved any further.

“No. We’re all grown men,” McCarthy said.  “Sometimes little things turn into big things, and that’s one of the messages that you share throughout the season, and that’s a clear case of it.

34 responses to “Aaron Rodgers says he “ironed things out” with Nick Barnett

  1. a baseball game is 5 minutes of action packed into 3 hours and yet somehow more interesting than these stories.

  2. Getting ready for the SB and they cant stay out of the media. While we dont hear a peep from the Steelers. Wonder who will come out and be ready to play???

  3. We’re moving forward, moving ahead, moving upward in an extremely exciting and positive fashion. Why does PFT keep staring at this little issue? I mean, take a picture, it’ll last lon… uh, never mind that last bit.

  4. The media continue to dance around this controversy like a bad reenactment of the Raji endzone celebration, when the issue at large is oh so obvious:

    Left end Ryan Pickett, 340 pounds.
    Nose tackle B.J. Raji, 337 pounds.
    Right end Howard Green, 340 pounds.

    No way can the entire team fit in the same picture.

  5. @clayswife: Exactly. I went to a baseball game and a twitter fight broke out!

    I would still agree with MyCarthy’s earlier comment, that if this is the biggest issue they have to face before the Superbowl, then they’re probably in a pretty good place. Not like say…losing your probowl center. Just sayin’…

  6. Twitter is just the continuing dumbing down of America.

    That said, Barnett is gone, and not just because he doesn’t know how to communicate properly.

    He simply is too small too play outside in 3-4. And as we saw, he’s easily replaced.

    Hawk stays. Barnett goes.

    Green Bay has 7 picks, plus probably a 3rd or 4th for losing Kampman. The deepest roster in the NFC will get even deeper.

  7. Great news, now go iron things out with lady with breast cancer that you ignored in the airport.

    Ask Big Ben what the backlash feels like when you treat fans like a-holes.

  8. PFT wants to know if ARodg has mended fences with all the cancer patients he ignores at airports around the country.

  9. Twitter is the most self-indulgent narcissistic activity a person could engage themselves in. Throw in young and stupid and this is what you get. Me me me me me.

  10. Thank God, now I can sleep at night. And did Rodgers tell him to get a haircut before the picture? Dude looks stupid with that hair.

    Oh, and An annoying story that won’t die??? ever heard of starcaps or jenn sterger?

  11. thank the media they don’t wanna have to actually find something worth writing about. maybe the history of the franchises, how these two teams matchup in all three phases? i’m sure there are more…

  12. skeletaldrawing says:
    Jan 30, 2011 4:53 PM
    @clayswife: Exactly. I went to a baseball game and a twitter fight broke out!

    I would still agree with MyCarthy’s earlier comment, that if this is the biggest issue they have to face before the Superbowl, then they’re probably in a pretty good place. Not like say…losing your probowl center. Just
    =================================== we lost a pro bowl left tackle in 08 and still won the game. the only ones concenrned with loseing pouncey is green bay and their fans. just sayin

  13. The fact that these IR players are causing such a distraction prior to the superbowl speaks volumes.
    Such a self promoting selfish act they don’t deserve to be in the team picture.

  14. anybody else here notice how often statements from Aaron Rodgers start with “I initiated…” “I was the one who…” “I, I mean we, just won…”

  15. “Aaron Rodgers says he ‘ironed things out’ with Nick Barnett”

    * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

    Most likely with a tire iron…

  16. pervyharvin says:
    Jan 30, 2011 4:33 PM
    Would Vince Lombardi be ashamed of the newly named Twitter Town WI? I think so..
    ———————————————————–
    Call it what you want.
    It’s another year of the Min. Vikings trophy case staying empty.
    Titletown aka Green Bay 12
    Loserville aka Minneapolis 0

  17. serious lack of leadership by Rodgers, should have kept his focus on the game-let Mcarthy handle it

  18. Pervy:

    You would cream your jeans to have a sniff at a title.

    Sadly, for you, none is forthcoming.

    For many, many years.

    Look at your pathetic roster.

    What’s the Queens slogan in 2011?

    “50 More Years of ….Nothing”

  19. pghguyy says:
    Jan 30, 2011 6:12 PM
    skeletaldrawing says:
    “Jan 30, 2011 4:53 PM
    @clayswife: Exactly. I went to a baseball game and a twitter fight broke out!

    I would still agree with MyCarthy’s earlier comment, that if this is the biggest issue they have to face before the Superbowl, then they’re probably in a pretty good place. Not like say…losing your probowl center. Just
    =================================== we lost a pro bowl left tackle in 08 and still won the game. the only ones concenrned with loseing pouncey is green bay and their fans. just sayin”

    you’re mistaken. No-one in GB is concerned about it – we are excstatic about it! Raji and Capers are licking their chops! And with Raji, those are some big chops.

  20. It’s starting to look like Barnett may not be back next year. Hopefully we can draft somebody to fill the critical role of dancing after making a tackle for a 7 yard gain.

  21. Great news, now go iron things out with lady with breast cancer that you ignored in the airport.

    Ask Big Ben what the backlash feels like when you treat fans like a-holes.

    ———————————————–

    Or when you rape them.

  22. OK……I give up……….this rag of a website won’t post anything resembling a remark that PFT is bias against GB or AROD…….fine…..there are oher places to get nfl info……….btw…..4th post…no swearing……just an opinion…..and you will delete this also…….guess I need to be completely obnoxious and a queen fan like pervy to have an opinion,,,,,,

  23. At least no one from Green Bay humps the quarterback on the ground…….learn that from the Vikings on the loveboat cruise Mr. Mendenhall???????

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