Aaron Rodgers attributes “outside noise” to “fake news” and “clickbait”

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Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers thinks he knows how digital media works. Generally, he does. More specifically, as it relates to the application of the term “clickbait” to stories that focus on objective evidence of Rodgers not seeing eye to eye with new coach Matt LaFleur, Rodgers doesn’t.

In recent days, Rodgers have been attributing stories about actual or apparent friction between himself and the first-year head coach who is only a few years older than Rodgers to clickbait. It’s not clickbait; it’s the development of opinions and analysis based on the words that have come out of his mouth while speaking to reporters about specific aspects of the situation in Green Bay.

Asked recently by former NFL fullback John Kuhn during a one-on-one for Packers.com regarding whether Rodgers has discussed the “outside noise” relating to the relationship between Rodgers and LaFleur, Rodgers was dismissive.

It’s fake news, John,” Rodgers said. “That’s the media cycle these days. Unfortunately, the media — other than obviously yourself — there’s a lack of integrity, I think. There’s a rush to put up headlines that are clickbait because the ad revenue is based on the amount of visits you get to your website. So instead of putting in a title that aptly fits the forthcoming article, it’s more lucrative to post something that’s going to generate the most commotion so that your site or your story gets the most hits possible. And when you’re in a really low news cycle like in June and July when there’s not much football going on, that’s the kind of stuff that comes out. We don’t need to spend any time talking about it because it’s complete ridiculousness.”

Clickbait isn’t the issue. There’s no clickbait at play between the content of stories regarding potential conflict between Rodgers and LaFleur and the titles to those items. But it’s easier for Rodgers, like it is for certain high-profile politicians, to shrug at criticism as “fake news” or “clickbait” than to address the point that’s actually being made.

Rodgers continued his assault on “clickbait” earlier today, both while speaking at his locker (where he admitted that, in dealing with the head coach, Rodgers needs to put his “ego and sensitivity” aside) and while being interviewed by SiriusXM NFL Radio.

“A lot of these sites you have like eight words to describe what the article’s about,” Rodgers told SiriusXM NFL Radio. “What are they gonna do? They’re gonna put names and words that’s gonna draw the most attention to it. And that’s what I was bringing to light. I don’t think I was speaking out of turn or ripping on anybody specifically. But it is what it is. That’s the way that we ingest our data. It’s so quick. We’re, ourselves, are flying through, you know, whether it’s tweets or social media filters or online sites, and we’re just looking for like buzzwords. ‘Oh, oh, that looks fun, I’m gonna do that.’ Well, they know that. The most expensive commodity is not oil anymore. It’s data. They know what they’re doing. They’re mining that data. And they’re figuring out what people preferences, code words, colors, different things to get people to click on their stuff. Because the more clicks they get, the more ad revenue. And the more ad revenue, the more the salary, you know, that the company’s making. And that’s the way that the whole news cycle works. I’m just tired of being put in that news cycle. Because I’ve been saying the same thing over and over. Matt and I, it’s gonna be a relationship that grows over time. We’re having a blast. We’re friends. Ton of communication. And we’re having a great time.”

If Rodgers doesn’t want to be “put in that news cycle,” he should quit saying things that naturally flow into that news cycle. When he complains to Mike Silver of the NFL that Rodgers wants more freedom at the line of scrimmage than the LaFleur offense gives him, Rodgers puts himself in that news cycle. When Rodgers complains to reporters about joint practices and, more surprisingly, specifically says it’s not “smart” to have close-to-live kickoff drills that are sure to catch the attention of the NFL Players Association, Rodgers puts himself in that news cycle.

Rodgers, like certain high-profile politicans, wants to be able to say whatever is on his mind, without scrutiny or criticism. Unfortunately, the scrutiny and the criticism is part of the price that gets paid for having a big platform, for making more than $30 million a year, and ultimately for saying things that merit scrutiny and criticism.

39 responses to “Aaron Rodgers attributes “outside noise” to “fake news” and “clickbait”

  1. while he does put himself in the news cycle as you say, he is also correct that it is indeed clickbait, the two are not mutually exclusive

  2. The ego on this guy. There are NFL clickbait articles all over but the media had given Rodgers a pass for nearly his whole career.

    McCarthy deserved to be shown the door but Rodgers threw him under the bus and back up on him multiple times in the last 2 years.

    He is the NFLs Kevin Durant. An immense talent but as thin skinned as a human can be.

  3. While Rodgers isn’t wrong about clickbait in general, I don’t think clickbait has anything to do with his disdain for anyone who has the “gall” to “coach” him. A disdain he doesn’t exactly hide from the public.

  4. He’s 100% correct about the 24/7 advertising $ driven media world we live in nowadays. It is the driving force behind the divide we see in our country.

    This coming from a Vikings fan.

  5. Poor word choice by Aaron, using the term “Fake News” and aligning himself with a most despicable human being. Aaron, you’re a smart guy. Try again.

  6. “The last thing we want to do is put him in a position where he’s not comfortable with something. Because if he’s not comfortable with it, he’s not going to be confident in it.”

    “Anytime there’s change, in order to grow and learn something new, you’ve got to get comfortable with the uncomfortable,”

    Which is it matt

  7. This spring, for the first time in over a decade, Rodgers is watching other quarterbacks run the concepts he’s learning to execute

    “When you see yourself doing the rep, it’s totally different than seeing any other quarterback doing it: Matt Ryan, Jimmy Garoppolo, C.J. Beathard, even going back to Rex Grossman, McNabb, RG3, Kirk Cousins,”

    So Rodgers is watching tape of cousins to learn

  8. I mean, he’s not wrong. Article writers are all over everything and anything to get views. There is definitely something differences in points of view between Rodgers and Lafleur, it’s certainly blown out of proportion for views’ sake.

  9. “I’m just tired of being put in that news cycle”

    Smearing Aaron Rodgers is good business for those like Cowherd, Bayless, and others.😉 That is just a fact. It sells. People want to read and hear about the Packers and Aaron Rodgers. Positive or negative.

    Whatever the motives and agendas are, it does indeed get old. I understand why Aaron has grown tired of it. I have as well. I do know that what bothers Aaron probably the most is not his name being involved so much, he has taken shots for years, but that LaFleur is brought into it by the usual suspects and that isn’t fair to Matt.

    Matt and Aaron know what their relationship is and they don’t need to prove anything to anyone. I do look forward to the upcoming season because I believe the performance on the field will quiet some of the haters. At least a little bit.😏

    #GoPackGo!🏈

  10. Ever since he started dating Danica Patrick he has gotten even more weird. The dude thinks he is Brad and Angelina. If he disowns his own family, I’m sure he is a great teammate. Honestly who dates Danica Patrick when you can have almost any girl. It’s not like he needed the money. I wont be surprised when PFT puts out a article saying he is into scientology in a year or so.

  11. Person A – I like vanilla.

    Person B – I like chocolate.

    That is hardly an example of 2 people who do not get along but 2 people with differing opinions yet media, because they do need the clicks will position it that way and call it “analysis” because the idea that differing opinions means you must hate the other person has become pervasive. Started in politics and has crept into sports.

  12. Yahhh, just like when it was said their reported dysfunction the last couple years was fake news, only to fire the coach mid-season. Where there’s smoke, there’s fire. He wouldn’t address this, if there wasnt something to address.

  13. Sounds like these stories are hitting a nerve with Rodgers. Funny thing is Rodgers can stop this himself. But since Rodgers can’t help passively aggressively communicating through the media this is not going to stop.

  14. It’s going to be difficult for the rest of the team to buy into what LaFleur is preaching when Rodgers continually undermines him. Albeit Rodgers is right on these things, but that just makes the coach look worse. Rodgers can’t coach the whole team, so why give the rest of the team pause, when trusting LaFleur.

  15. Whenever somebody tosses out green and gold colored popcorn, purple pigeons show up to consume it like they can’t ever get enough.

    I might be biased, but I’d say Rodgers is right on this one.

  16. toothfairyretributionmanifesto says:
    August 14, 2019 at 9:29 am
    Yahhh, just like when it was said their reported dysfunction the last couple years was fake news, only to fire the coach mid-season. Where there’s smoke, there’s fire. He wouldn’t address this, if there wasnt something to address.

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    cheeseisfattening says:
    August 14, 2019 at 9:30 am
    Sounds like these stories are hitting a nerve with Rodgers. Funny thing is Rodgers can stop this himself. But since Rodgers can’t help passively aggressively communicating through the media this is not going to stop.

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    cheeseisfattening says:
    August 14, 2019 at 9:31 am
    Last year Rodgers did the same thing with Mike and then said the same thing how there was no problem with him and Mike. How’d that turn out?

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    toothfairyretributionmanifesto says:
    August 14, 2019 at 9:35 am
    It’s going to be difficult for the rest of the team to buy into what LaFleur is preaching when Rodgers continually undermines him. Albeit Rodgers is right on these things, but that just makes the coach look worse. Rodgers can’t coach the whole team, so why give the rest of the team pause, when trusting LaFleur.

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    Same person.

  17. Aaron’s fans are delusional. So we believe what he says. Even though it’s not completely true. I guess that makes us gullible, too.

  18. Wisconsin’s Favorite Son Jeffrey Be Dahmed says:
    August 14, 2019 at 11:07 am
    Aaron’s fans are delusional. So we believe what he says. Even though it’s not completely true. I guess that makes us gullible, too.

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    YAAAAAAAAAS other me!

    We never believe the hype!

    Take this gem from one of my other accounts on a Chad Beebe Article:

    Alan Light says:
    June 21, 2019 at 11:40 am
    You can count on Zim for a top 5 defense, getting real confident the Vikings will have a top 10 offense and recapture the NFC North.

  19. Andrew Teal says:
    August 14, 2019 at 7:22 am
    Person A – I like vanilla.

    Person B – I like chocolate.

    That is hardly an example of 2 people who do not get along but 2 people with differing opinions
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    True but a more accurate example would be
    Coach A to the team – I think it would be best right now to have chocolate
    Player B talking to the media – I think the team should be having vanilla

  20. Matt LaFleur said the exact same thing less than two weeks ago after he was questioned about negative news reports regarding his and Aaron’s relationship by saying it was just a product of a slow news cycle with nothing to really report during the months of June and July.
    But, I guess he’s just wrong and we should hold some kind irrational grudge against him too, huh.

  21. cheeseisfattening says:

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    True but a more accurate example would be
    Coach A to the team – I think it would be best right now to have chocolate
    Player B talking to the media – I think the team should be having vanilla

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    I believe the most accurate would be:

    Coach A to the team – I think it would be best right now to have chocolate
    Player B talking to the media – I tried the chocolate because the coach wanted to but I’m not a huge fan and I prefer Vanilla…especially since the chocolate seems unhealthy.

  22. The term “fake news” just drives me nuts. Having said that, and while I can’t stand the Pack, I don’t get how, as usual, Rodgers is trashed for giving a thoughtful response to direct question. The guy may have an ego, but he doesn’t spout off the same cliched crap that most NFL players do — other than the “fake news” crack.

  23. Remember when Aaron finally cracked back after the Tyler Dunne smear piece? Crickets from all the usual suspects in the media for a while after that. The last couple months the smear Aaron Rodgers agenda had amped up a bit again. Then we got Aaron’s clickbait comments last Thursday in a interview with John Kuhn and this became more public after he repeated them yesterday.

    You may notice that things are mostly quiet from the usual suspects in the media today. Not a coincidence.👌

    I did hear Cowherd say this today: “Aaron Rodgers and I are never going to be tight.”

    Is it just me or does it seem obvious to everyone that Colin always seems butthurt that he can’t be close to Aaron Rodgers?

    Funny stuff.

    #GoPackGo!🏈

  24. freefromwhatyouare says:
    August 14, 2019 at 12:18 pm

    I did hear Cowherd say this today: “Aaron Rodgers and I are never going to be tight.”

    Is it just me or does it seem obvious to everyone that Colin always seems butthurt that he can’t be close to Aaron Rodgers?

    Funny stuff.
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    That’s because Cowherd has said Matt Stafford is a better QB Rodgers.

    Really funny stuff 👌

  25. Cowherd also said the Vikings were going to implode.

    Here’s your cake……….eat it!

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