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.