Aaron Rodgers calls out wrong reporter for “disinformation”

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Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has spoken repeatedly in recent days about his toe injury. On Tuesday, he specifically used the term “COVID toe” in reference to the condition.

On Wednesday, Rodgers went on the attack regarding those who dared to take him at his word — as if we haven’t already learned we should never do that. In so doing, Rodgers called out one specific reporter for spreading “disinformation” about him. The only problem? The reporter he named had no role whatsoever in taking at face value his claim from Tuesday that he has “COVID toe.”

Quick refresher. On Tuesday’s Pat McAfee show, Rodgers specifically said he has “COVID toe.” We thought it was a joke. Andrew Beaton of the Wall Street Journal did not. During a Wednesday press conference, Rodgers verbally chastised the wrong reporter for believing him when he said, in his own words and with his own voice, that he has COVID toe.

“It’s actually called disinformation when you perpetuate false information about an individual,” an agitated and borderline unhinged Rodgers told reporters. “I have a fractured toe. So I expect a full apology from Molly Knight and whoever her editors was. I did get a kick out of reading that article. That was very, very interesting. But, no, I never heard of COVID toe before. Pat made a joke about it on the show, and I mentioned yesterday that it’s, you know, worse than a turf toe, and it must be a bone issue. I can’t believe I have to again come on the air and talk about my medical information. But, yeah, I have a fractured toe. I’ve never heard of COVID toe before. I have no lesions on my feet. That’s just a classic case of disinformation. It’s surprising coming from what used to be a reputable journalistic institution, but that’s the world we live in these days.”

The only flaw in Rodgers’s latest rant is that Molly Knight did not write the story. So, basically, Rodgers spread disinformation when whining about the disinformation being spread about him — even though he risked that someone would take him literally WHEN HE SAID that he has “COVID toe.” A day later, he’s claiming he’s never heard of COVID toe. On Tuesday, HE SAID THAT HE HAS IT. Joke or not, he was surely familiar with the term before today, given that he used the term on Tuesday.

Here’s what Molly Knight said about the situation, on Twitter: “Today I tweeted a link to a Wall Street Journal story about Aaron Rodgers, then went to a spin class and then the local homeless feed where I volunteer. Apparently Rodgers mentioned me by name in a press conference, because when I finished my work my social media feeds were full of unpleasant comments from Rodgers’ fans. I didn’t write the article Rodgers is upset about, but I guess in the grand scheme of things it’s not a big deal. I would like to thank Aaron for directing traffic to my Twitter feed, where I am raising money for blankets for our unhoused neighbors. It’s getting cold, and the number of people who need help in Southern California has ballooned in recent years, so every bit of awareness helps.”

At one point on Wednesday, Molly Knight asked Twitter users to “stop harassing me,” explaining that “I did not write the article.”

The apology in this case needs to come from Rodgers. To Molly Knight. And the irony is that, in his supersensitive crusade about disinformation regarding him, Rodgers spread disinformation about the person who did not write the story based on Rodgers claiming that he has COVID toe.

It’s all very weird and bizarre. We’ve learned a lot about Rodgers in recent weeks, and not much of it is very good. On Wednesday, he set up an innocent reporter for passing along an item from the Wall Street Journal that mistakenly assumed that he meant what he said about having COVID toe.

Does any of this change the fact that Rodgers is one of the greatest quarterbacks in league history? It does not. But it’s entirely possible to be both a great quarterback and a real jerk. Rodgers, in all candor and with all respect, lands squarely in both categories.

109 responses to “Aaron Rodgers calls out wrong reporter for “disinformation”

  1. Great spotlight showing how true the last statement is. But I do love to see this smug jerk squirm. Brought it on himself.

  2. I’d like to think that suddenly and out of the blue, Aaron Rodgers turned into a punk. But my gut says he’s been this way all along.

  3. Anyone wanna do a caption contest for that image of Rodgers holding up his foot to reporters? It’s…….something else.

  4. Strange how Tom Brady has become more likeable the longer he plays and Rodgers even more unlikable the longer he plays.

  5. I thought he had a legitimate grievance about the Jordan Love situation and supported him this past summer, but he’s quickly become insufferable. What a chucklehead. Can’t wait until he retires and we can stop hearing him whine about what a victim he is.

  6. I’ve about had as much of Aaron Rodgers and his unceasing self-centered attitude as I can stomach. He is a complete and unvarnished diva who doesn’t give a rat’s patootie about anyone other than himself.

  7. Narcissistic Personality Disorder according to the Mayo Clinic:
    “one of several types of personality disorders — is a mental condition in which people have an inflated sense of their own importance, a deep need for excessive attention and admiration, troubled relationships, and a lack of empathy for others. But behind this mask of extreme confidence lies a fragile self-esteem that’s vulnerable to the slightest criticism.”

  8. I’ve always respected Aaron for the great QB he is – but this story makes him even more interesting to me!

    – Rex Ryan

  9. “It’s actually called disinformation when you perpetuate false information about an individual,”

    Like the reporter’s name.

    Excellent self-own.

  10. He doesn’t even really get along with his own family so is any of this really surprising?

  11. Maybe sit the next few out Aaron, you just keep digging a bigger hole. That windbag Pat McAfee keeps putting him on his garbage show while AJ Hawk sits there with that stupid look on his face and says nothing, EVER, the whole thing has run it’s course. It’s amazing what qualifies as “sports talk” these days.

  12. Rodgers is so full of sanctimonious, self righteous Bleep, that he has his head so far up his own backside he needs a periscope to tie his own shoes.

  13. Talk about a guy doing a complete U-turn. I can’t remember ever witnessing a guy going from a respected superstar, to a complete joke.

  14. “It’s a classic case of disinformation when you write that I had COVID toe, just because I said I had COVID toe, even if it was someone else who wrote it.” Can someone have brain fog from COVID even if they were “immunized” beforehand?

  15. It seems that his personality is fracturing before our eyes. We’ve seen it happen with other divas and I hope he can get the professional psychiatric help he so very much needs.

  16. outlawdanman says:
    November 24, 2021 at 9:00 pm
    Strange how Tom Brady has become more likeable the longer he plays and Rodgers even more unlikable the longer he plays.

    I couldn’t have said it better myself.

  17. . I can’t believe I have to again come on the air and lie about my medical information
    ___
    Fixed it

  18. I enjoy watching him tarnish what is left of his image/reputation on an ongoing basis, but shouldn’t he have “people” who know enough to tell him when to shut his mouth?

  19. In his defense, the covid toe thing was obviously a joke and you (or anyone) trying to spin it as if he knew Covid toe was a real thing is kind of bs. I’ve said covid brain, covid finger, covid private parts, etc in the past as a joke and have no idea if any of those might be real afflictions, so jumping to the conclusion that he knew Covid toe was real is quite a leap. However, none of that means he still isn’t a class A donkey hole. The man loves him some him.

  20. Has there ever been a bigger tool in the league than this guy? No wonder his family hates him.

  21. Rodgers is furious that people are taking him at his word. Huh. That’s never happened before has it? I was sure that he was immunized against this sort of thing.

  22. Molly Knight asked Twitter users to “stop harassing me,” explaining that “I did not write the article.”

    The apology in this case needs to come from Rodgers. To Molly Knight.

    Now a reporter knows what it feels like to feel the ramifications of misinformation that most reporters spread about people on a daily basis.

  23. Seriously Florio, have some integrity. Rodgers said COVID toe in jest, with a clear grin on his face. Why do media outlets do stuff like this? Especially one that is good enough that they don’t need to make clickbait articles.

  24. Rodgers is so much “smarter” than everyone else, the reporter did not realize it was a joke.

    Remember, he said we was “immunized”

  25. Sadly, disinformation is a side effect of embracing QAnon and further validates that Q is worse for your brain than concussions or drugs.

  26. The BIGGEST POINT here is how he has said nothing while his ignorant, lazy fans attack an innocent person. Most families’ wouldn’t like this jerk either and there are a couple of better words more appropriate to describe him but I didnt want to get censored.

  27. America is simply getting a look at what everyone who has ever had a personal relationship with Rodgers has had to deal with. From his parents to his brother to his “roommate” to his romantic relationships. He clearly has an inability to tell the truth and relies on gaslighting whenever he doesn’t get his way or feels humiliated.

  28. he’s a good qb but to be great you have to lead your team when it really counts. he’s a talent, not a leader which is why it all falls apart in the clutch.

  29. I don’t know if it’s marketing genius that McAfee keeps giving him a platform or if he and his henchmen actually believe all of it. I feel bad for AJ Hawk, he seems level headed and values Rodgers as a friend. He’s kind of caught between work and friendship on that show. I’m going to lean towards they’re just milking the opportunity while sticking it to the four-letter.

  30. Just donated 3 blankets. Let’s make something good come out of this man’s stupidity. Signed a lifelong Packer fan.

  31. “A day later, he’s claiming he’s never heard of COVID toe. On Tuesday, HE SAID THAT HE HAS IT. Joke or not, he was surely familiar with the term before today, given that he used the term on Tuesday.”

    This has to be the worst take I’ve read in awhile. The joke is that everyone nade a big deal about Rodgers getting COVID and that it’s so absurd to think Rodgers broke his toe due to COVID that it’s funny to suggest he did. The fact that “COVID toe” is a real thing is a hilarious coincedence, but it’s ridiculous to suggest they actually had heard of it before hand.

  32. So, Molly Knight sounds to be a class act. Aaron Rodgers sounds to be a class clown because everyone is laughing at his stupidity.

  33. pkrlvr says:
    November 24, 2021 at 10:04 pm
    In his defense, the covid toe thing was obviously a joke and you (or anyone) trying to spin it as if he knew Covid toe was a real thing is kind of bs. I’ve said covid brain, covid finger, covid private parts, etc in the past as a joke and have no idea if any of those might be real afflictions, so jumping to the conclusion that he knew Covid toe was real is quite a leap. However, none of that means he still isn’t a class A donkey hole. The man loves him some him.

    __________________________________________________________________________________________ The thing is that the reporter took it as fact and not as a joke. That’s a mistake not an intentional attack on Rodgers. He didn’t know it was a thing and I get that, but he went out and slandered the reporter. Rodgers did in fact say “I have COVID Toe”, so the reporter didn’t lie about what he said, as Rodgers stated, the reported misunderstood the context. Rodgers could have come forward said “hey the covid toe thing was a joke” instead he got upset and played the victim for something he caused. Not everyone gets humor the same way and if the reporter was listening to the podcast the body language wouldn’t be available.

  34. “The only flaw in Rodgers’s latest rant” there are many flaws in his rant. The fact that he lied about not knowing what covid toe is. He did all this research into the ingredients of the vaccine and side-effects and many (fake) remedies and he never heard of it? It’s a top symptom to distinguish it from a cold or flu. I’m now following Molly on Twitter, so I’m glad for his mistake. But wow, you’re right that he is near unhinged. I can’t wait to watch Packers go down the drain this year and any team who signs Rogers next year to also go down the drain. Good luck you toad!

  35. theringisthething says:
    November 24, 2021 at 9:08 pm
    I’ve always respected Aaron for the great QB he is – but this story makes him even more interesting to me!

    – Rex Ryan

    ——–

    “I mean, hell, he is a little freaky I guess,” Rob Ryan on his brother Rex’s foot fetish

  36. Love him as a QB but he gets more and more repulsive as a human being ever day. I’m almost at the point where I’d rather lose every game with Love than lose the NFC championship with Rodgers.

  37. I posted last week that this guy should just stop talking or trying to make any statement, or clarify anything. I suggested he simply go silent. This week I feel all prophetic like T6!

  38. So instead of just saying, “It was a joke”, he goes on a tirade and calls out the wrong reporter for “spreading misinformation”. Misinformation that came straight from Rodgers mouth.

  39. Well done, Mike Florio.
    I, too, respected Aaron Rodgers as a wonderful football player. Today, he can also rightfully be considered uninformed, insensitive, and a bully. Nobody in their right mind likes a bully. Thank you.

  40. This guy is a joke. I had to take the shots to “keep my job”. I was sick for two days after the second shot but it was the right thing to do.

  41. Rodgers has to own his screwup calling out the wrong person but it’s absolutely ridiculous to think Rodgers knew what Covid Toe was before he jokingly said he had it. He broke his toe when he had Covid hence covid toe.

    I guess he lost the benefit of the doubt with his previous behavior but seriously, how many people here ever heard of covid toe before Rodgers said it jokingly?

  42. It‘s debatable whether he is one of the greatest QBs in the league, depending on whether you look at stats, regular season wins or trophies.
    What is becoming less and less debatable is that he is one of the biggest jerks in the league. First the vaccine crap and now this, maybe he‘s suffering from CTE or it‘s a simple personality disorder.
    I just hope that karma hits him hard if he doesn‘t get the help he obviously needs.

  43. well this one time a guy said

    “he did not have sexual relations with that woman” and then another guy said

    “there were WMDs in Iraq” and then another guy said

    “if you like your insurance you can keep it” and then another guy said

    “that the Rona was under control”….imagine that these were all the previous U.S. Presidents so I don’t think an NFL player not being honest should surprise anyone much less someone in the media

  44. Yo, Aaron…rumor has it that if you take two horse dewormer pills and wash them down with a big glass of hydroxychloriquine sprinkled with bear bile it’ll heal your broken toe overnight.

    But you better check with your Doctor Rogan first because God knows you wouldn’t want to anything galactically stupid, right??? If that doesn’t work try shoving a 1000 watt fluorescent tube up your butt.

  45. I hope that this reporter doesn’t hold her breath waiting on an apology. She probably won’t get it . Rodgers is being a total jerk once again. He’s never heard of COVID toe?. I thought that he researched everything about the vaccines and the symptoms? Another lie. He really needs to stay off of Pat McAfee’s show.

  46. Covid Toe is a real bona fide medical condition attributed to the Corona Virus. Seems a little far too coincidental that he got this toe problem at exactly the same time as he got Covid. I believe he is falsely claiming its a fracture because if it were Covid Toe then he would be placed on the NFL’s Covid ineligible list due to Covid related symptoms, and he wouldn’t be able to play. I’m really surprised the NFL isn’t investigating this Covid Case further.

  47. Rodgers could have had an excellent TV career once his NFL days were over. I think he may have thrown that all out the window over the past month. How much does Tony Romo make a year?

  48. My response to the Title of this article is….LOL! Just like the one in his State Farm Commercial/ Jeopardy setup

  49. Rodgers owes the Green Bay fans a SuperBowl on his way out the door. Perhaps he can earn the right during the off-season to select the team of his choice with a SuperBowl victory. Anything less and he can leave as soon as the whistle blows on the last play of their last game. .

  50. “The apology in this case needs to come from Rodgers.” Dont anybody hold their breath because it aint gonna happen from a man with a mightier than Thou attitude.the best thing for Rodgers to do is quit doing talk podcasts,it only makes him look foolish.the man has lost all credibility with his lying and cant be trusted anymore to tell the truth.

  51. “This guy sounds like he wants to run for political office. He’s got the attitude down.” Yup,he speaks just like every trump Republican cultist speaks.lies,deciet, alternative facts, he has them all.

  52. If Rodgers found a magic lamp and he rubbed it an a Genie Popped out…

    And the Genie stated that he could reverse history for the last decade..

    And that Rodgers and the Packers would have won the last 9 consecutive Super Bowls under ONE condition…

    That condition being that Rodgers keeps his mouth shut for 14 seconds…

    History would be the same as it is currently.

  53. pkrlvr says:
    November 24, 2021 at 10:04 pm
    In his defense, the covid toe thing was obviously a joke and you (or anyone) trying to spin it as if he knew Covid toe was a real thing is kind of bs. I’ve said covid brain, covid finger, covid private parts, etc in the past as a joke and have no idea if any of those might be real afflictions, so jumping to the conclusion that he knew Covid toe was real is quite a leap.

    ————————
    You know, I might have the same take expect Aaron did a lot of research before deciding to get “immunized” rather than “vaccinated”. Presumably that included potential consequences and side effects of both strategies. That would have included COVID toe which was a widely reported symptom of getting COVID.

    I suppose he might not have really bothered to do the research he claimed to have done, but taking him at his word, I’m sure mr critical thinker would have run across COVID toe in making his decision. Either that, or he lied about doing research.

  54. Very Trumpian to spread disinformation, then claim others are spreading misinformation, even though he spread major misinformation about being “immunized”. See when you lie Rodgers, or play your petty word games. Liars always reveal themselves eventually. Trump has done it all his life.

  55. When I watch a game that doesn’t involve my team the Jets.(I know I’m pathetic)..I have to decide who to root for..Now I root for Aaron Rogers’s opponent..thank you Aaron!!

  56. WHAT A LIER! He lied about Covid Toe, he lied about reading her article. He lied about her statements about him. No luck to you for having to root for this CLOWN.

  57. I have never seen any superstar in any sport try harder than Aaron Rodgers to make people not like them.

  58. Brent Favre would never have done this
    ==========

    He bullied his organization instead.

    Although, in many ways, he had to, just to continue his career…

  59. Can you imagine if the Rams had traded for him, and all this was going on in the Los Angeles market, instead of the fish bowl in Green Bay?

  60. It‘s debatable whether he is one of the greatest QBs in the league, depending on whether you look at stats, regular season wins or trophies.
    ==========

    He has been the highest rated QB, basically since he qualified. In the best era of QB play the League has ever seen. Mahomes presently tops him by 1.6 points, it remains to be seen if he can sustain his level of play.

    .678 regular season win %.. outside of Brady, what HOF QB tops that?

    11-9 in the Postseason, 10 playoff trips, won a game in 8 of those. Have to go back to 2013 for his last 1-and-done.

    His greatness is undeniable.

    He doesn’t measure up to Brady… neither does any other QB in the history of the game.

  61. It’s actually “disinformation” when you go on to a show and STATE that you have COVID toe when it’s really a fracture. Rodgers perpetuated this,not the reporter…the WRONG reporter. The hole gets deeper every Tuesday.

  62. Next to LBJ he is the most hated despised pro athlete there is like he should talk about others
    we all know what he is at the top of that list is he’s a Liar .

  63. As a Packers fan i root for us to win but not him i want him to go winning with him is losing
    ones soul and that isn’t worth it.
    Thanks lying Aaron the one place ( Packers ) where there was an ounce of sanity left in this messed up country and you had to ruin that ! the older i get the less sports means to many a-holes like him i won’t defend him but there are many packer fans/ sheep that sadly will .

  64. It’s painfully obvious that Rodgers has severe mental issues, I hope that he can overcome these issues before it ends tragically.

  65. AR: I want out, trade me.
    GB: We can’t, you’re too good and the fans will hate us, they like you too much.
    AR: I’ll take care of that.

  66. As a Packers fan for well over fifty years, I’ve seen the good, bad, and ugly. That goes for any long time fan of any team. The good is that Aaron is a great QB and having him here is the best hope for a Superbowl shot. The bad is getting really bad and all he has to do to fix it is to keep his mouth shut. It’s just not in his playbook. What a shame to have such talent and ruin it like that.

  67. Is it me or is there something in the GB water? Favre in his aging years turn narcissi as well…hmmm, Aaron, go play for McVay (its in the plan)

  68. This whole thing is bizarre. Rodgers made a dumb joke, someone took it seriously and then he makes a big deal out of it. Sometimes it’s best to just stop talking and pick your battles.

    All this needed was a “sorry, that was meant as a joke”.

  69. Hate to say it but there is something seriously wrong with AR. This behavior just isn’t right. Get the guy some help.

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