Blake Baratz, the agent for Packers tight end Jermichael Finley, wrote on Twitter last week that Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers “isn’t a great leader.” Finley wants everyone to know that his agent’s opinion is not his own.
Asked how much of Baratz’s agent came from him, Finley insisted that none of it came from him at all.
“I’d say zero percent of it,” Finley said, via the Green Bay Press-Gazette. “Like I said, he’s got his own opinion. He’s an agent. He has tons of clients around the league. It’s not my problem what he sends out. I could [not] care less as long as he takes care of my business at the end of the day.”
Baratz has said that tweeting about Rodgers was “a mistake,” although he hasn’t said he didn’t mean it. It’s not clear what Baratz, who also represents Packers linebacker Desmond Bishop, was basing his opinion of Rodgers on. All that is clear is that Finley doesn’t want anyone thinking his agent’s opinions are his own.
“He’s the leader of this team,” Finley said. “He’s the man. I respect him as a player. Outside of the locker room, I’m a fan of Rodgers. We’re all good.”
Rodgers called Baratz “silly,” and Packers coach Mike McCarthy called him “ignorant.” It remains to be seen whether Finley will decide to call him “not my agent anymore.”