Aaron Rodgers declares it to be #fakenewstuesday

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The President isn’t the only one who’ll use Twitter to push back against news reports with which he disagrees. Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers employed the social-media platform on Tuesday to do the same.

Retweeting a link from the team’s official website that contained a thoroughly boring and perfunctory title, Rodgers said this: “I feel like the title of this article needs more click bait. Come on GBP, make something up, or talk to some unnamed sources close to me or something to beef up the clicks.”

Rodgers then added a stream of largely humorous hash tags: “#dalailamaisapackersfan #bighitter #totalconsciousness #relax #fakenewstuesday #GBSnowday #meditation.”

The message represents Rodgers’ effort to refute Charles Robinson’s report that Rodgers was “‘frustrated’ and ’emotional’ over a lack of communication from the front office prior to some significant decisions this offseason,” without directly mentioning Robinson (Rodgers missed a chance to call him “Cheatin’ Charles”) or his publication. Still, Rodgers has essentially called Robinson’s story phony and false.

It’s a strong accusation to make. If that’s what Rodgers believes, he should just say so. He should say, for example, that there aren’t two sources close to him who have said anything credible or accurate about Rodgers’ reaction to the firing of quarterbacks coach Alex Van Pelt or the termination of receiver Jordy Nelson, and that Robinson is either talking to people who are lying about knowing what Rodgers thinks or engaging in flat-out fabrication.

If Rodgers is going to tuck a claim of “fake news” into a laundry list of funny hash tags, he needs to be more clear with his message. And his message is that Robinson is telling a lie about Rodgers.

I personally believe Robinson; NFL reporters with a solid track record rarely make things up, especially when there is an endless supply of stories to report and opinions to craft. Rodgers’ effort to dismiss the report in sly, subtle, and sarcastic fashion serves only to make me believe it even more.

That said, I don’t fault Rodgers for being pissed about not getting a fair chance to speak his mind about the firings of Van Pelt and Nelson. Heck, I’d be pissed if it were me, and I’d expect Rodgers to be pissed if I were the Packers.

The biggest question that likely will never be answered is whether the Packers pissed him off accidentally, or intentionally.

For more, here’s Tuesday’s PFT PM podcast, featuring an in-depth conversation with Robinson, along with plenty of other content and answers to plenty of your questions.

26 responses to “Aaron Rodgers declares it to be #fakenewstuesday

  1. Except Van Pelt wasn’t fired. He WAS offered another contract. Declined it – from reports, he felt it was time to become an OC of some sort. Just because that didn’t happen, doesn’t change the fact that AVP essentially said “I need to see what’s out there” and left as a mutual thing.

    So yeah – that then calls into question the entire piece and the continuing narrative put forth by the media that Aaron’s unhappy. Doesn’t jive with what Aaron’s said himself and given his stature in the league and on the team – he can and would say himself, flat out if it were true.

  2. “Cheatin’ Charles” = weak sauce political humor attempt.

    “I’d be pissed if it were me” = funniest line ever written on this site.

  3. Enough already. Slow news day so some yahoo “reporter” repeats weeks-old news, cites sources unnamed. These gabby sources afraid for their jobs? National security issues?

    I get it, some of you out there despise Aaron Rodgers. Fair enough, entitled to your opinion. This is just some dude looking for clicks and giggles … and then a bunch of other dudes chime in with their own opinions. Upon the very SAME weeks-old news, solely to stimulate the further soiled masses to regurgitate their same old opinions stated long ago when the “weeks-old news” was actually news.

    We get it, Aaron disliked the shoddy manner the Pack handled the Jordy affair (and possibly thought Cobb was the one who should be let go? – I did), or Van Pelt. But he gets it’s a business and he’s not trying to be like GM LeBron). Why don’t you guys do a draft needs assessment?

  4. Not a surprise that a reporter guesses that something might be true and creates a “report” with “unnamed sources” about it to see if it sticks. More power to Rogers to CLEARLY deny it. Not falling for the jedi mind trick there Mike. These ARE the droids we’re looking for. In reality, the fact that you jumped in to defend your fellow reporter instead of actually just sticking to reporting the facts of what AR actually said makes me suspect you know there’s no real “source”. Prying AR out of green bay so you can put him on the Broncos or Cowboys or Giants won’t be accomplished by this kind of hack “journalism”

  5. The only people that believe the original story are wishful thinking Viking trolls.

    They are easily entertained and need as much Packer info as possible…….all while picking needless fights and chewing their nails to the bone.

  6. Why Florio?
    Why should he have to address this ill conceived story directly?
    Especially if it has absolutely no validity.
    Just because you think he should?
    What arrogance.
    You’ve been hammering this angle home for weeks.
    A lot like you’ve been trying to breathe discontent from Rodgers’ camp over his contract the last couple of seasons.
    Of course you believe it.

    And it’s not just his twitter account, anyone who watched the back and forth today between Rodgers and the media can see there’s nothing to it.
    When asked about Jordy, he talked at length about players that have come and gone over his lengthy career and the fact that he missed several of his old friendships.
    And how he understood that it is the nature of the game.
    He also quipped about eventually missing some of the guys in the current locker room as he intends to play into his 40’s.
    Rodgers made it clear what his job parameters entail as Quarterback of this team.
    He also discussed learning a new playbook, new teammates, closed golf courses and finishing his career in Green Bay.
    It was all light and breezy with smiles.

    I’m sincerely sorry it’s not turning into the schism you were hoping for.
    But I’m sure you’ll find another axe to grind about him sooner or later.
    You’ve got to keep these sheep…..er …Viking fans clicking at these stories one way or another.

  7. stellarperformance says:
    April 17, 2018 at 7:20 pm
    The only people that believe the original story are wishful thinking Viking trolls.

    They are easily entertained and need as much Packer info as possible…….all while picking needless fights and chewing their nails to the bone


    Just the other day the manicurist commented on how great my nails looked, absolutely no bone showing.

  8. The reporter reported certain lines and ignored others which put them into context. Classic “let’s you and him fight” type of stuff. Thank God the draft is almost here.

  9. Why why why? Rogers is on record saying the front office basically makes these decisions and you have to trust that. He understands the process. I’m not a fan of Rogers but have to agree with his stance

  10. I told you. The previous “articles” were credited to “unconfirmed sources.” It was click-bait, Rodgers is fine, just fine. How do I know? An unconfirmed source told me so. See how easy it is?

    Rodgers is right: Fake News

  11. flviking says:
    April 17, 2018 at 8:17 pm
    Just the other day the manicurist commented on how great my nails looked, absolutely no bone showing.

    Imagination is a good thing. That’s not unusual for retirees. Sorry you lost yours, but it’s good news about your nails so you got that goin’ for ya.

  12. This is Aaron Rodgers these days when he wakes up in the morning…

    I wonder what it’s like to be the head honcho
    I wonder what I’d do if they all did just what I said
    I’d shout out an order, I think we’re out of this man get me some
    Boy don’t make me wanna change my
    tone, my tone…

  13. Wow. Is A-Rod into himself or what? Hard to say what the real problem is. A dysfunctional personal life? UFOs? 13-rusting screws in his collarbone? Maybe it’s something more obvious, like the fact that his Packer team is trending towards the lower half of the NFC. Whatever the case just don’t say he’s sensitive. Aaron’s really sensitive about being called sensitive.

  14. People look for a chance to crucify Rodgers any chance they get, but its very rarely that when someone is wrong about what they write, that they have the integrity to stand up and own, their mistakes.

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