Aaron Rodgers decries “smear attack”

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Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has broken his silence. In a major way.

Appearing on radio with Jason Wilde and Mark Tauscher of ESPN Milwaukee, Rodgers decried last week’s exhaustive article from Tyler Dunne of BleacherReport.com as a “smear attack.”

Here’s the full money quote, from Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com: “This was a smear attack by a writer looking to advanced his career talking with mostly irrelevant, bitter players who all have an agenda whether they’re advancing their own careers or just trying to stir old stuff up.”

Rodgers specifically addressed two specific aspects of Dunne’s report, including one that as of Friday afternoon was destined to be handled by Rodgers.

“The two main things I think I really want to talk about and just clear up, which are really central themes to the article, the first is the [Packers CEO] Mark Murphy conversation because part of the article seems to want to say the Packers are worried about me as the leader of the football team moving forward,” Rodgers said. “And before I get into what actually happened in the conversation with Mark, I want to say two things: One, if they knew that, why would they offer me a contract last year? And two, which goes into my second central thesis point that I’m going to take down, is if I really disliked Mike [McCarthy] so much, why would I re-sign knowing that if I play and we do what we do around here — we made the playoffs eight straight years and then I got hurt and we missed the playoffs — it’s going to be me and Mike my entire career. So if I really disliked him that much, do you think I’d re-sign. Is the money that important to me? I’ll tell you it’s not. Quality of life is important.”

Via Tom Pelissero of NFL Media, Rodgers said that the report that Murphy told Rodgers “don’t be the problem” is “ridiculous” and “100 percent false.”

As to Rodgers’ reported rift with former Packers coach Mike McCarthy, the quarterback admitted that they “had issues,” but he said that those issues always got resolved and he denied a grudge dating back to the 2005 draft, when McCarthy and the 49ers passed on Rodgers. Rodgers also made a plea for positive treatment of McCarthy in the community.

“I think we need to honor Mike and respect him the right way,” Rodgers said, via Demovsky. “We had a hell of a run. We had 13 years, four NFC championships, one Super Bowl, eight straight playoffs, 19 straight wins. . . . So, instead of trashing this guy on the way out, let’s remember the amazing times that we had together. Packer fans, remember this, especially those of you who live in Green Bay: Mike lives here. Mike has young kids here. So Mike has to be here. Think about how difficult it is for him. My favor that I would ask of you, strongly, is if you see Mike, shake his hand. Tell him thanks for the memories. Tell him thanks for the coaching job that he did. Tell him how much you appreciate him being a part of what we built here. Things change from ‘06 to ‘18. We came off of a bad season in ‘05 and we built something special and had sustained success, so instead of trashing this guy on the way out — last year was tough, no doubt about it — but let’s honor him and his legacy as the second-winningest coach in Packers history. If you see him, please, just show him the respect that he deserves. Not only does he have to live in Green Bay, he wants to. He loves it here. He’s going to be here. So, if you see him, do him that favor and show him the respect that he deserves.”

Rodgers expressed regret for publicly complaining about the team’s offense after a lackluster win over the Bills.

“I wish I hadn’t said anything after the Bills game last year,” Rodger said, via Demovsky. “I wish I had just gotten with him in person. I wasn’t trying to be disrespectful to him but I know how it came off. That’s what I told him when I met with him face to face.”

Rodgers opted to address these issues not via the shotgun feeding frenzy of a press conference or locker-room scrum, but in a radio interview that was conducive to a more reasoned and deliberate conversation, with Rodgers able to address all items that he wanted to cover. While that doesn’t mean the issues won’t be rehashed if/when Rodgers meets with reporters during the first week of the team’s offense program, much of the ground already has been covered.

127 responses to “Aaron Rodgers decries “smear attack”

  1. He admitted some fault in this and defended himself and his former coach. I respect that

  2. Once he got the big contract, he quit on the coach and got him fired knowing they wouldn’t do anything to him.

  3. I have not really been a fan of Rodger’s personality at times, but I will give Aaron a lot of credit for showing class in publicly supporting his former coach, asking others to respect Mike as a person, and mentioning all the positives Mike helped achieve.

  4. I’m a loyal Packer fan of 59 years. The Packers are my team, and the players and coaches are my people, as long as they don’t go play for a bitter rival to try and stick it to my team. Go Packers Go!!!

  5. This is what a leader sounds like.

    You can tell he is PO’d and his play will reflect that to prove the naysayers wrong.

    May God have mercy on the rest of the NFC North.

  6. Aging, failing QB that is only 500 in games he started since 2015. Anyone who’s watched Rodgers knows the article is true.

  7. i have to say that this was a very classy move by aaron to have his back. football is still just entertainment.

  8. Sounds like Aaron might have a large economy-sized chip on his shoulder this year, as well as something to prove.

    This does NOT bode well for the rest of the NFC North.

    Be afraid. Be very afraid.

  9. His parents and brothers all hate him, so I’ll believe McCarthy and whoever else says he is the problem. Outside of GB, and of course John Gruden, nobody likes this fool.

  10. Really, only Jermichael Finley, Greg Jennings and one unnamed source spoke against him. Twitter went crazy with teammates and former teammates rallying around Rodgers, calling the story utterly false. Not sure what Finley’s problem is, but Jennings has a more fragile ego than Rodgers. I’m sure there were arguments and disagreements between Rodgers and McCarthy, and no doubt, things even got heated at times. But it’s hard to imagine the situation got as ugly as this unnamed source paints it to be.

    Let’s clear the air, get everything out in the open, put it in the rearview mirror and focus on the fresh start the team has.

  11. Not too badly handled, he de-escalated the situation as best he could and created quotes he can point back to with some variation of “I’ve addressed this and it’s in the best interest of our team to move on” when he is questioned about it later.

  12. The King of throwing people under the bus, gets tossed under the bus, deservedly so. Dunne knows Rodgers is done.

  13. I agree this is damage control, and not terribly good damage control at that. Like any Packers GM is going to let Rodgers and their franchise walk.

  14. “Aaron Rodgers is an overly sensitive person who holds grudges forever and oh by the way can you believe the joke he made at my expense seven years ago!” – Greg Jennings.

  15. Just trying to make himself look better by supporting McCarthy all the sudden. If he don’t care about the money, give it back!! There is a reason former players and coaches speak against him.

  16. All BS that his agent and lawyer wrote up for a specific interview where he wouldn’t be called out Come on people. He has been self-absorbed from the day he started and has called out the coach and GM numerous times. He’s all about himself, not the team. Get real.

  17. Aaron Rodgers is the best QB I have seen in my lifetime. People can say what they want about him but he is an all-time great QB and if last season is considered a down season for him statistically, then he is rightfully held to an all time high standard because he was still a top 10 QB. Plenty of legends have had what would be considered a down season, I think he and Packers will rebound next season. I would blame the Packers organization for this slump as poor drafting, outdated defensive scheme and over reliance on one player led to this. I mean, the Packers have allowed 35ppg in their playoff losses and in those games, the Packers put up more points offensively than what the Patriots put when they win games in the playoffs. As for not being likeable, legendary players like Michael Jordan and legendary coaches like NHL coach Scottie Bowman were not liked, but respected. As for not talking to his family part, the real world is harsh and read about NHL’er Jack Johnson and what his mom did to him.

  18. Where there is smoke there is fire. I’m not buying anything Rodgers said. All damage control.
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    Of course not, some people just like the drama. Even though Rodgers and Murphy have both denied what was said on the phone call, and even though Dunne couldn’t possibly know what exactly was said during a private phone call, you still choose to believe it. Says more about you than it does the Packers.

  19. Rodgers is lying borne out of sheer embarrassment. Does he really believe any reasonable person is going to believe a random group of people got together just to smear him? That’s nothing but spin mode but really, what else can he say at this point.

  20. I give him credit for all the positive comments on McCarthy. It would have been much better if he didn’t wait so long to comment. It would have been much better if Rodgers made these comments when McCarthy was fired. I think it’s obvious that the negative comments and information that was leaked at the end of the season was very damaging to McCarthy and ruined any hopes at coaching vacancies that were open then.

  21. When the smoke clears, and it will clear (much to the chagrin of the usual verbose trolls), I believe the Pack will be better because of this Dunne article. The scrutiny is actually welcomed in my eyes…..LaFleur and Rodgers, will have a laser focus on how best this new offense can return to dominance in the NFC. Mark Murphy’s days of being asleep at the switch as GM is over. Through FA of all places, the defense has begun putting badly needed pieces in place. I am excited about the upcoming draft, recent FA acquisitions and another season of promise ahead with Rodgers at the helm. Much to feel positive about this night. Go Pack!

  22. Aaron Rodgers will retire in 6 years having won three super bowls and being widely recognized as one of the game’s greatest quarterbacks. Tyler Dunne will be an obscure trivial pursuit answer with most respondents wondering “Wasnt he the Guy from Fight Club?”

  23. Dropped in the draft, no relationship with his family, don’t get along with teammates and coaches, kinda comes off as smug.
    Something ain’t right with this dude.

  24. Nice comments about McCarthy but I wish the people who make the most money would stop trying to tell us it’s not about the money.

    If money wasn’t the most important thing to you, you wouldn’t have signed the benchmark contract for QBs at that time.

  25. If you read the Dunne article and thought, “This all makes sense and is perfectly reasonable. These sources are extremely credible and I buy it all, 100%.” you are dumber than a bag of hammers. That was just a tabloid-esque clickbait article from the start. If you read it and thought different, I’m sorry for your disadvantages in life.

  26. cheeseisfattening says:

    Does he really believe any reasonable person is going to believe a random group of people got together just to smear him?

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    Ask our President.

  27. cheeseisfattening says:
    April 8, 2019 at 8:31 pm
    Rodgers is lying borne out of sheer embarrassment. Does he really believe any reasonable person is going to believe a random group of people got together just to smear him? That’s nothing but spin mode but really, what else can he say at this point.

    ===

    You bring absolutely nothing to these threads, so stay over on Vikings threads, and stay off Packers threads from now on. You and your fellow Viking trolls are no longer welcome here.

  28. As i stated in a previous post, who was in the room during that private phone call and knew what was exactly said and leaked those details. Nobody.

  29. Rodgers injured shoulder is the reason for the slump. I have had the same surgery and injury from a crushing work accident. I’ll tell you it severely hindered my strength and motion.
    Packer fans had better get used to it. Rodgers best years are behind him.

  30. It’s amazing how much hate there is out there. If you really get so worked up about what happened on a football team years ago you need to get a life. That also goes for people who believe everything they read. About 75% of the “reports” on sports sites end up being garbage.

  31. So if the Packers have been dysfunctional during Rodgers MVP Super Bowl winning career then this means the rest of the NFCN has been INEPT during Rodgers career. Can’t have it both ways NFCN trolls.

  32. He is like that selfish girlfriend that says the right thing a couple times when people are around. Then back to her me first ways

  33. boiler72 says:

    Love the Vikings fans,coming off as though they’d prefer Cousins over Rodgers. Hilarious.

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

    Except, no one wrote that, anywhere. Full appreciation for making it up as you go, which is probably a handy tactic for today’s Packer fan. Vikes’ fans are waiting on Cousins like everyone else. Hoping for the very best. NFC North teams sure ‘fear’ Rodgers less than before, and especially Zimmer who goes on and on about how tough he is to play against. Erin even gets passive/aggressive when he’s spreading the frosting. You can’t hide the drama Entitledtown.

  34. Rodgers has had his issues with coaching. There’s no denying that. McCarthy was a great coach back in the day. But when you look at the game tape of recent years, you can easily see that everything began to fall apart for the Packers after the 2014 NFCCG. McCarthy lost the team, and the team lost a lot of its passion, its fire. When you lose the team, you can’t possibly have success. Just because Rodgers didn’t agree with how McCarthy was running the team, doesn’t mean he doesn’t respect McCarthy.

  35. What’s an NFL off season without a controversy? Wonder if Roger Goodell is paying for the story?

  36. “This was a smear attack by a writer looking to advanced his career talking with mostly irrelevant, bitter players who all have an agenda whether they’re advancing their own careers or just trying to stir old stuff up.”

    Ok Aaron, welcome to Tom Brady’s life. Every day.

  37. Listen… AR has been a traditionally great QB and probably still is better than most.
    But the idea ((promoted by no less than 4 different Pack fans on this thread) that AR will dominate all opponents this coming season simply because he is upset is outright nonsense.

    If be is as much of a competitor and professional as I believe he is, he was never NOT trying not do that.

    And if he wasn’t in the past few years then you are essentially validating a lot of the accusations in the bleacher report story.

  38. It seems odd he didn’t respond last week. If an article is gibberish, just say as much asap.

    Then again, he could have been busy with family obligations. Oh wait…

  39. “We had 13 years, four NFC championships, one Super Bowl..”

    If they had four NFC Championships, they would have been in four Super Bowls.

    This, like most of his interview, is fake news.

  40. cheeseisfattening says:
    April 8, 2019 at 8:31 pm

    Rodgers is lying borne out of sheer embarrassment. Does he really believe any reasonable person is going to believe a random group of people got together just to smear him? That’s nothing but spin mode but really, what else can he say at this point.
    __________________________________________

    Gee, I don’t know, maybe stuff like, he has more success in 15 years, than the Vikings do since 1961? Maybe stuff like that?

  41. Hatchet job by a regional sportswriter desperate to make a name for himself. Same old rehashed malcontent and bitter “ex-employees.” Rodgers never once, ever, behaved as described. The way he handled himself the last few years is top-drawer. Anybody that thinks otherwise simply does not realize or is a confirmed hater with an agenda of their own.

  42. Not a bad response at all. Good for him. Not sure it was smart to fuel the fire with the ex-players, calling them irrelevant and bitter. That’s just going to create another week of talk show topics. Otherwise it was perfect to me.

  43. moses2143 says: “It would have been much better if Rodgers made these comments when McCarthy was fired.”
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    HE DID. IMMEDIATELY. On Dec 3, he called their relationship a “close friendship.” He also said there “was and always will be mutual respect and communication between the two.”

    But those positive stories don’t generate clicks for the media – they want to CREATE and MANUFACTURE fake drama and then post their moral “outrage”.

  44. I’m already tired of this. The article didn’t attack McCarthy specifically, it gave a very measured balanced account of the situation, sharing blame across Rogers, McCarthy and Ted Thompson. But People have made up thier minds about the players in this , often years ago, and nothing is going to change anyone’s opinion. So let’s move along, nothing to see here.

  45. There’s so many things to pick apart here. Yes, Aaron, the money is important. I 100% believe it’s important to Rodgers to be the highest paid QB in the NFL. And, if players are trying to “stir up old stuff”, then wasn’t there “stuff”? Yes, the article did stir up old stuff, which lead to new stuff, like the Packers not making the playoffs and the coach being fired. Now, do writers write to “further their career”? Well, ya. Just like you play ball to further yours. It doesn’t make things untrue.

    Could Rodgers have been told “don’t be the problem”? Of course! That doesn’t mean the team thinks he is the only problem, and it doesn’t mean they don’t want him. It simply means things got out of control, it’s a new beginning with this coach, so let’s everybody do our best to get along. Don’t be the normal pain in the ass you’ve been the last number of seasons. Don’t change 1/3 of the plays in the huddle. Don’t give “the Rodgers look” to young WR’s if they don’t make you look good. Don’t be your passive aggressive self when referring to the coach in post game pressers.

    Now, did I miss where Rodgers said McCarthy was a brilliant minded head coach and should be head coach again real soon? I absolutely believe the original story. Rodgers saying it is not true doesn’t prove it is not true.

  46. Very well said by Rodgers. Media now a days makes what they want true to be true. Healthy Rodgers with a team with a solid build in process, watch out! Remember when Drew Brees and the Saints had a few bad years with him and they re built to what they are now? Never count out the great QBs in this game. He is a competitor and will show his top talent QB level again this year and have a team around him to support him. Go Pack Go!!

  47. Rodgers doesn’t need to talk about this anymore. He set the record straight. None of the negative behavior described of him has ever been personified publicly, ever. So now some regional sportswriter trying to make a name for himself pens his own version of the truth, and it’s suddenly gospel? Please.

    Read the transcript of his radio interview with Tauscher and Wilde. That’s all you need to know.

    Next?

  48. pkrlvr says:
    April 8, 2019 at 8:25 pm
    Where there is smoke there is fire. I’m not buying anything Rodgers said. All damage control.
    —–
    Of course not, some people just like the drama. Even though Rodgers and Murphy have both denied what was said on the phone call
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    Of COURSE they both denied it!! They are the target of a story that puts them both in a very bad light. What, their comments are believable, but dozens of interviews with players and employees should be just swept under the rug? Should we also ignore what we saw and heard for the past numerous seasons?! Should we also ignore the record the past two seasons? What else would you like us to ignore in order to believe it was all just a “hit piece”?

  49. So, his defense for this being a smear attack is why would the team offer me a contract if they thought I was the problem? Really? Most smart teams don’t let talented guys leave because “feelings were hurt” – and yes, he’s talented, but jeez can these guys go 1 day without some sort of drama in their lives?

    And I absolutely love the Packer fans who are going on about the chip on his shoulder and be very afraid…they should be more concerned with his ACTUAL shoulder than the chip on it.

  50. boiler72 says:
    April 8, 2019 at 7:46 pm
    Love the Vikings fans,coming off as though they’d prefer Cousins over Rodgers. Hilarious.
    ///////////
    It’s really not so easy of a decision anymore. Rodgers is coming off two straight seasons of injuries, two straight seasons below .500, is going to be 36 years old this year, is the highest paid player in the NFL, and is arguably a lousy teammate.

  51. Everyone describes him the exact same way. He stops talking to people and they don’t know why. Brett Favre thought he was a head case and left GB to get away from him. Doesn’t change the fact that for 10 years there, ARODG was the best player in the NFL. Better than Brady.

  52. It ain’t easy being cheesy says:
    April 8, 2019 at 7:19 pm
    This is what a leader sounds like.

    You can tell he is PO’d and his play will reflect that to prove the naysayers wrong.

    May God have mercy on the rest of the NFC North.
    ///////////
    Oh, NOW he’s going to start trying? He is 1 game above .500 since 2015. Played all 16 games last year and they were 6-9-1. And, if you want to play the injury card we can do that too! He hasn’t been 100% healthy since 2016 and he is turning 36 years old this year. Let me ask you, do football players get healthier as they get older? Is age 35 a turning point in an NFL players career? Actually, age 30 is when the physical skills usually slow down and the injury bug picks up.

    I’m not saying Rodgers is done. But I am saying not a single team is suddenly afraid of Rodgers and the Packers just because the truth about their disfunction suddenly came out into the open.

  53. Man some of you people are straight haters. That is the only explaination for these commentts… one person thinks his LAWYER and AGENT drew up these comments? Seriously? Come on.

    Any person being attacked on the National level, that has a platform to speak on, will defend themselves. Is it damage control, some but at the end of the day, YOU… YES YOU would do the same dang thing if you could.

    Now onto the problem at hand. If you believe what was written fine, but I find it ultimately amazing, that you have vastly more people coming out and saying this isn’t true from people that have no business saying anything, one being Jeff Janis. That dude has no horse in the race really, and he defended both MM and AR. But I find it funny more so, that no one is backing up Jennings/Dunne/Finley.

    Think about that, past and current players, some of which have no reason to speak on this, are supporting AR and MM. But not a dang soul is coming out for the others. Makes you think. AR has problems, has issues, and his leadership rubs SOME the wrong way, so what. Every single person has people they work with they don’t like. Doesn’t mean you can’t get the job done. Move on haters, my god, take that energy elsewhere.

  54. vikesfansteve says:
    April 9, 2019 at 8:43 am
    Everyone describes him the exact same way. He stops talking to people and they don’t know why. Brett Favre thought he was a head case and left GB to get away from him. Doesn’t change the fact that for 10 years there, ARODG was the best player in the NFL. Better than Brady.

    ———————-
    Not better than Brady, even Rodgers supporters acknowledge that when they use Brady as the yardstick for all measurements. Like here for instance.

  55. Liberalsruineverything says:
    April 8, 2019 at 7:25 pm
    Is the money that important to me? I’ll tell you it’s not. Quality of life is important.”
    ——————————
    It certainly isn’t family.
    =====================================================================================
    Fill us in on this. A lot of us don’t know the Rodgers’ family like you do. It could be the case that he’s treated his family poorly. It could also be the case, as often happens with athletes, that the family members are jealous, or think that they are entitled to his money, even if he’s provided them with things and they want more. Both are equally possible.

  56. “…who all have an agenda whether they’re advancing their own careers or just trying to stir old stuff up.”

    It sounds like he’s describing himself. To a T.

  57. The article should be made into a case study for Journalism schools everywhere. The big money quotes were never sourced so God knows where it came from, it could have been completely made up or from a vindictive source. But in today’s age of the Internet, clicks are needed and unfortunately, a shoddy product such as this makes national headlines. It gives goosebumps to the Viking fans but a fair and unbiased individual would take it all in with a grain of salt, if even that.

    But for those hoping for an implosion inside the Packer’s organization, there is as likely of a chance that this story could pay huge dividends in uniting a locker room. That’s where I would put my money.

  58. McCarthy was a great coach back in the day.
    ======

    Never.

    2007 NFC Title game – completely outcoached
    2009 Wild Card – hemorrhaged points and yards
    … his Super Bowl – nearly blew a 21-3 lead

    .. if the man was a great head coach, he’d have a job right now. His former bosses run a team, and they wouldn’t interview him. Think about that.

  59. You won’t hear a louder standing ovation that the one you’ll hear for Aaron Rodgers on Opening Day at Lambeau. I’ll be there. Can’t wait.

  60. It’s likely the truth resides someplace in between the Dunne story and Rodgers’s response. As I read Dunne’s piece, I thought he relied too much on Greg Jennings, who is an unreliable narrator to say the least. But there is ample evidence that Rodgers is a cold guy. That’s hardly unusual among superstar athletes; read a few biographies of Joe DiMaggio if you doubt that. There are two questions now for Rodgers and the Packers. First, is the reason for the decline in Green Bay related to Rodgers and his injuries, or is it because Ted Thompson let things go to rot, personnel-wise? And then, how effective can Rodgers be going forward? Does he have a late career renaissance in him, a la Brady or John Elway? Or is he cooked? We’re going to find out.

  61. ariani1985 says:
    April 9, 2019 at 10:11 am
    Finally, a response from the fake bears fan!
    =========================================================================
    Never debating the issue, always relying on personal attacks.

  62. frank booth says:
    April 9, 2019 at 9:53 am
    Liberalsruineverything says:
    April 8, 2019 at 7:25 pm
    Is the money that important to me? I’ll tell you it’s not. Quality of life is important.”
    ——————————
    It certainly isn’t family.
    =====================================================================================
    Fill us in on this. A lot of us don’t know the Rodgers’ family like you do. It could be the case that he’s treated his family poorly. It could also be the case, as often happens with athletes, that the family members are jealous, or think that they are entitled to his money, even if he’s provided them with things and they want more. Both are equally possible.
    ————————————

    His grandfather was his biggest fan. He went to all of his games when he was a kid and in High School. Rodgers would call his grandfather before every game that he couldn’t attend. He never bothered to go to the mans funeral. You tell me, did his grandpa want his money?

  63. Liberalsruineverything says:
    April 9, 2019 at 10:23 am
    His grandfather was his biggest fan. He went to all of his games when he was a kid and in High School. Rodgers would call his grandfather before every game that he couldn’t attend. He never bothered to go to the mans funeral. You tell me, did his grandpa want his money?
    ================================================================================================================
    Makes sense. There’s a schism in the family. It’s a fair assumption that he didn’t want to see them, so he didn’t go to the funeral, because his family would be there, and who knows if that would cause a confrontation, or some sort of disruption. It probably has zero to do with the grandfather wanting his money. Maybe it hurt him not to go. Maybe it didn’t. I don’t know the situation. Neither do you.

  64. The epitome of hypocrisy is uninformed Viking trolls spewing vitriol disguised as moral high ground. What a bunch of losers.

    “On Monday, the Green Bay Packers quarterback, 35, was asked in an interview how he reacted to the news that the team’s head coach had been fired immediately after Sunday’s home loss. Aaron, who also celebrated his birthday a day earlier, revealed that he learned of the news in the company of his parents, Edward and Darla Rodgers.”

    “I mean, I found out, I’m sure, the same way that most of you found out,” Rodgers said in a clip posted to the Packers website. “I was at home with my folks in town for my birthday. When I found out, I was as shocked as many of you were, I’m sure.”

  65. When former teammates rip on you, it’s not a big deal and is just a difference of opinion. When your own family repeatedly takes public digs at you, chances are you’re a prima donna jerk who’s difficult to deal with.

  66. 2ruefan says:
    April 9, 2019 at 6:35 am

    If be is as much of a competitor and professional as I believe he is, he was never NOT trying not do that.

    And if he wasn’t in the past few years then you are essentially validating a lot of the accusations in the bleacher report story.
    —————————–

    This is correct. Well stated 2ruefan

  67. I think his words are very telling. “If you think I disliked him THAT MUCH”…. so not only does he not deny he doesn’t like Mike McCarthy, but he admits that he dislikes him. He is simply being vague about the vitriol behind the dislike and putting the onus on the reader to interpret that on their own.

    The only thing of value in his interview as the call for respect for MM in greenbay. I mean having to live in Green Bay is punishment enough, the second-class citizens there don’t have to treat him like a third-class citizen.

  68. Glad most of this bogus gossip column has been properly addressed and labeled for what it is, pure garbage.
    Jermichael Finley and Greg Jennings have had their moment to rehash the old beefs they’ve already peddled before in previous publications, and now are being shouted down by a landslide of opposing voices from teammates throughout the years.
    Those voices now include both Ryan Grant and Jeff Janis who were featured prominently in this article.

    The haters are still going to believe what they want, as they spew their nonsensical gibberish.
    It’s what they do.
    They’re vindictive little trolls who’s only joy in life is to try and drag the content well adjusted people down to their pathetic levels.
    Pity them and all that they stand for.

    Hopefully this will ultimately have a bonding effect on the team overall, as they make the difficult transition towards a new head coach and new philosophy moving forward.

    And what a great surprise to see Cole Madison back in the fold.
    After struggling with the suicide death of a friend and teammate last year, it was a joy to see him back.

    And kudos to the Packers for giving him the time and space to properly process his grief, and make a conscious decision about the consequences of football and his future.
    Hopefully he’s fully adjusted and has his head on straight for what lies ahead.

    If he can move on, and provide the Packers with a little quality depth along the offensive line, it will be like gaining an extra draft pick we weren’t even counting on this season.

  69. Good to see Rodgers say some nice things about his former coach MM. And it is really needed packer fans have been trashing MM. And also to acknowledge that Rodgers started this smear campaign against his HC in the media after the Bills game which is undeniable.It was after one of the six games the packers won last year. At the press conference after the game, Rodgers complained about the offense and play calling.It was also when Rodgers started to undermine his head coach openly. Complaining about the play calls when he has the choice to audible at the line of scrimmage is completely absurd.The sensitive one Rodgers sounded highly agitated here. I am certain the “Don’t be the problem” comment by Murphy struck a nerve. And Murphy didn’t deny telling Rodgers – Don’t be the problem earlier here . He just added they had a positive conversation. Rodgers wanted him to come out and deny it now because he looked awful. Rodgers knock off the diva stuff already. And just because the source is unnamed doesn’t make it false.

  70. As a Viking fan I obviously dislike the Packers, but have not been afraid to note my respect for Rodgers’ ability and his dealings with the media. I thought his response was thoughtful and intelligent, just like most have been in the past. I think there was some truth to the story, including the grudge thing and his frustration with MM. Packer fans that poo-poo it aren’t being realistic, and opposing fans that believe it all are engaged in wishful thinking. The guy’s still the best QB in the NFC.

    Yet as to that grudge thing? I remember cheesers spouting off last season how Rodgers was going to paste the Vikings due to shoulder chip resulting from the Barr hit the prior year, and we saw how that turned out. Grudges and “extra” motivation don’t mean squat in the NFL.

  71. mnrasslinggovjesse says:
    April 8, 2019 at 9:34 pm

    If he had talked to the Michigan State basketball team before the smi-final game, they might still be playing.////

    Or MSU players would have quit on their coach and started some drama.

  72. stellarperformance says:
    April 9, 2019 at 7:54 am

    Hatchet job by a regional sportswriter desperate to make a name for himself. Same old rehashed malcontent and bitter “ex-employees.” Rodgers never once, ever, behaved as described. The way he handled himself the last few years is top-drawer. Anybody that thinks otherwise simply does not realize or is a confirmed hater with an agenda of their own.
    ____________

    How could you possibly know if Rodgers ever behaved as described? I think I’m going to tend to believe the Packers’ former beat writer rather than a fanboy with zero credibility.

  73. Rob Brzezinski is a Magician says:
    April 9, 2019 at 1:52 pm

    How could you possibly know if Rodgers ever behaved as described? I think I’m going to tend to believe the Packers’ former beat writer rather than a fanboy with zero credibility.
    ___________

    Or, you could believe an absolute landslide of current and former Aaron Rodgers’ teammates who are denouncing this gossip-fest for what it is, complete garbage.

    Current players, who I’m sure you won’t give much credence to anyway.
    As well as former players with absolutely nothing to gain, who’ve actually logged time in the Packers locker room during all of this rampant “dysfunction”, all of whom have come forward on their own to take issue with this smear campaign.
    Each one of them, more than happy to allow their names to be connected to their comments.

    Or, you can ignorantly just stick your fingers back in your ears, sing loudly, and continue your blind and bitter hate.
    Knowing the Barneys as well as I do, I’m fairly certain which way you’ll go.
    So sad.

  74. Packers fans…just stop with the “look out this season” and “be afraid!” The Pack aren’t going anywhere. And this little diva backtracking won’t change that one bit.

  75. bentedges says:
    April 9, 2019 at 2:33 pm
    Packers fans…just stop with the “look out this season” and “be afraid!” The Pack aren’t going anywhere. And this little diva backtracking won’t change that one bit.
    ——————-

    These comment sections are always the same. One Packers fan mentions they are optimistic for the upcoming season. Then trolls start talking about how “every Packers fan” is guaranteeing a Super Bowl. Additional Packers fans join in and feed the trolls, and the the trolls just eat it up hook, line and sinker. It’s like shooting fish in a barrel, really.

  76. Man, many people in this country are just morally bankrupt. Here’s the facts:
    Mike McCarthy was fired as Packers head coach. That happens all the time in the NFL and there is always more than just one reason. So — Mike McCarthy is history and the Packers are moving on, which is their right.
    Aaron Rodgers has been the starting QB of the Packers for a long while and he has put up numbers that say he is one of the best QB’s to ever play. The Packers believe he can still play at a very high level for a few more years, so they chose to make him the highest paid QB in the league. Again, that’s their right.
    Matt LeFleur is the new head coach of the Packers and he and Aaron Rodgers will have to develop a good working relationship. They do not have to love each other or even like each other, but as long as they work well together to win football games, that’s all that matters.
    Now here is my question: why did Tyler Dunne feel it necessary to write this story detailing this alleged bad relationship that Rodgers and McCarthy had? What Difference does it make? To me, it makes no difference at all. McCarthy is gone and Rodgers isn’t going anywhere. They won a lot of football games together, and nothing can change that.
    My answer is Dunne wrote it because he knew he’d get lots of publicity (and it certainly worked) and satisfy all those people who have an insatiable appetite for these kind of stories. They eat these stories up because they love seeing people who are better off than they are torn down. It’s why the magazine racks are full of trashy magazines which print outlandish stories about celebrities that people read and believe 100%, no matter how outlandish and foolish they are. I know people who still believe Elvis is alive who can’t wait to buy one of those magazines when they print another story about him being alive. I mean, how dumb can they be?
    Face it folks. Trash sells in this country. This story Dunne wrote is trash from start to finish and when all is said and done, means nothing, other than it caused people to jump on board in slamming Rodgers, McCarthy, and the Packers.
    To me, it’s an indictment of sports fans in this country that they make some of the comments they make about the principals in this story.
    When Aaron Rodgers finally commented on it, he brought up legitimate points which show how ridiculous all this fuss is, and to his credit, he offered kind words for Mike McCarthy and asked people to give him the respect he deserves. But of course, he got ripped for that, too.
    It’s really sad that so many people are this way these days, to me. I often wonder how they got this way.

  77. And what a great surprise to see Cole Madison back in the fold.
    After struggling with the suicide death of a friend and teammate last year, it was a joy to see him back.
    ============
    Shouldn’t you guys be taunting a guy who stepped away to deal with personal issues? I mean mental illness was funny last fall in the trailers of GB.

  78. cheeseisfattening says:
    April 9, 2019 at 1:34 pm
    Rodgers won’t be able to move on from this. It’s going to be fun to watch.
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    Won’t be able to………good one! He already has.

  79. nyneal – To me, it makes no difference at all. ////

    We know like a lot of packer fans. They are fans of the uniform only but you spent 5 minutes regurgitating here what Aaron said – the writer is trying to advance his career. Blah, blah, blah.

    Rodgers is Jay Cutler with better talent.

  80. The Packers are a rival team but it’s good to offer some sportsmanship here. I don’t think he could’ve said it any better, especially on how all the stuff effects the coach & his family living there. Well said and thumbs up.

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