Aaron Rodgers on Hub Arkush: “I think he’s an absolute bum”

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Longtime reporter and Associated Press MVP voter Hub Arkush started a firestorm by saying in a radio interview on Tuesday that he wouldn’t vote for Aaron Rodgers for reasons unrelated to his on-field performance.

Arkush admitted on Wednesday that he “made a big mistake” in disclosing his voting plans.

But Rodgers himself had plenty to say on the matter when asked what he thought of the comments to begin his Wednesday press conference.

“I think he’s a bum. I think he’s an absolute bum,” Rodgers said. “He doesn’t know me. I don’t know who he is. No one knew who he was, probably, until yesterday’s comments. And I listened to the comments. But to say he had his mind made up in the summertime, in the offseason that I had zero chance of winning MVP — in my opinion, that should exclude [him from] future votes.

“His problem isn’t with me being a ‘bad guy’ or ‘the biggest jerk in the league’ — because he doesn’t know me. He doesn’t know anything about me. I’ve never met him. I’ve never had lunch with him. I’ve never had an interview with him. His problem is I’m not vaccinated. So if he wants to go on a crusade and collude and come up with an extra letter to put on the award just for this season and make it the ‘Most Valuable Vaccinated Player,’ then he should do that.

“But he’s a bum. And I’m not going to waste any time worrying about that stuff. He has no idea who I am. He’s never talked to me in his life. But it’s unfortunate that those sentiments — it’s surprising that he would even say that, to be honest. But I knew this was possible. I talked about it on McAfee weeks ago. But…crazy.”

Rodgers did mention in one of his regular appearances on the Pat McAfee Show that he figured he’d be “canceled” for lying about his vaccination status. But the reality has been different, as the vast majority of criticism has been directed at Arkush after he shared why he disqualified Rodgers from his MVP vote.

Rodgers is the frontrunner to win his second consecutive AP MVP award and fourth overall. In 15 games, he’s completed 69 percent of his passes for 3,977 yards with 35 touchdowns and just four interceptions. He currently leads the league with a 111.1 passer rating.

99 responses to “Aaron Rodgers on Hub Arkush: “I think he’s an absolute bum”

  1. For someone who claims he doesn’t care what others think about him he sure does talk a lot about what others think about him…

  2. Rodgers is not even a top 10 quarterback all-time. He will prove it once again this season in the playoffs. Talk about all the stats you want. His seasons end in January.

  3. Good idea, you can prove how much you’re not a jerk by calling someone names. That will show him.

  4. Like it or not the MVP is about what happens “on the field”. Unfortunately, Arkush is not the first voter who has made his decision based on “off the field” happenings. It is sad but it is reality for those with an agenda not related to the topic.

  5. Hub Arkush – Bears commentator and fan

    Is there anything else that needs to be said?

  6. He’s absolutely right, that should exclude him from future votes. A lot of people may not like Aaron Rodgers but the guy can play QB at an MVP level. It’s votes based on football performance, not votes based on who didn’t hurt your feelings.

  7. Did Arkush say he wasn’t voting for Rodgers because Rodgers wasn’t vaccinated?

  8. If Rodgers was smart he would have pretended that he didn’t know about the comment. Then just shrugged it off.

  9. Base your MVP voting on bias and unrelated personal opinions – BUM!! He has no right to have the privilege of casting a vote for MVP since he’s not capable of putting his personal feelings aside. Agree with ARod and support him 100%.

  10. Everyone wants their fifteen minutes of fame, and it looks like this Arkush guy just got his.

  11. How you can you call him a bum, Aaron? You’ve never met him. You’ve never had lunch with him…

  12. I wouldn’t vote for Rodgers for MVP, but not for the reason Arkush cited. Cooper Kupp literally had the best season of any WR in NFL history. He will win most yards, receptions and TDS for a WR in a single season. What does a non-QB have to do to win this award? Maybe they should just call it the most valuable QB award.

  13. Arkush is applying his own personal interpretation of what is appropriate…..EXACTLY as Rodgers did. Live by the sword, die by the sword.

  14. Rodgers shoudln’t of said anything at all – why give the guy your attention.

  15. “His problem is I’m not vaccinated”

    No, his problem is you lied about it and put other people at risk by not following protocols.

  16. Not crazy about either one of these guys, but shouldn’t an MVP not risk giving a virus to his whole team?

  17. It would have been a better look if Rodgers had just ignored the guy and what he said.

  18. Rodgers is not even a top 10 quarterback all-time

    That would make for an interesting list..

  19. Rodgers keeps winning. This hack wanted his 15 minutes of fame. Congrats on getting it, now your career will be tainted forever, all because of your ridiculous political stance.

  20. Rodgers has to be the one of the most severe, and certainly saddest, cases of the Dunning-Kruger effect.

    Rodgers isn’t wrong that Arkush is a hack, but his repeated attempts to make it about his vaccination status rather than his attempts to lie about said status won’t work on anyone with a 3 point IQ. Poor Aaron. Just a big fish in a tiny intellectual pond.

  21. Rodgers is 100% right. This Arkush has no business voting on what to have for dinner, much less the MVP.

  22. daaabears says:
    Not crazy about either one of these guys, but shouldn’t an MVP not risk giving a virus to his whole team?


    The only way to not risk spreading a virus to your team is to be either dead or not on the team.

  23. Yeah Hub made a mistake, like him or not I think he lost all credibility he once had. Can’t get that back. Think before you hit send,right?

  24. Rodgers makes the whole thing about him not being vaccinated while the real issue is that he lied about being vaccinated, and doing so put his team at risk for missing players and games. That’s not MVP behavior.

  25. What Aaron says applies to every reporter. You don’t know Aaron. Bo don’t know Aaron.

  26. Character flaws have kept people out of the Hall of Fame in pro sports. Arkush was dumb enough to admit it for his MVP vote.

  27. The more Rodgers talks, the more of a jerk he is revealing to be, especially on Pat McAfee show.

  28. “Why doesn’t anyone like me? I’ve told everybody how awesome I am. Sniff Sniff” Aaron Rodgers

  29. Very refreshing to see a player not afraid to express his opinions, will be interesting to see if the media welcomes this or circles the wagons to protect its own.

  30. So, Rodgers says that they do not know each other, and therefor he shouldn’t have been called a jerk, etc….yet he’s calling Arkush a bum. Well, Rodgers, you don’t know how…so…

    I’m so over Rodgers. Dude is a GIANT d’bag. Look forward to them failing in the playoffs again and then drama 6.0 for him in the Summer.

  31. I believe it is important to not lie but I do not put any credence to those who point out other peoples discretions as if they haven’t done the same. It’s very strange to me that humanity continues to elevate individuals to a higher status and then be outraged when they act human…

  32. Why is this guy voting for the MVP anyway? Shouldn’t it be people with some objective integrity who don’t report on one single team?

    Make it be about the play on the field. Go vote for the Walter Peyton Man of The Year with that talk.

  33. I liked the Sporting News back in the day Hub was influential on there. That was before it went downhill before stopping production. He should have known better that an interview could be his undoing of MVP voting. In this way media should not be bias.

  34. Rodgers is angry Arkush insulted him without knowing him personally, then turns around and insults Arkush without knowing him personally. This is just one of the many reasons that AR is disliked.

  35. This was the 2nd time Hub had said this on the same radio station in Chicago. 1st time it was 3 or 4 weeks ago and nothing was made of it. Why now that he repeats himself does it blow way out of wack. If you dont believe me go back and search the 9am to 12 noon broadcast from the last few weeks. Go Hub, love ya man!

  36. And now Aaron Rodgers has his excuse if he doesn’t win. After all, his planet sized eho would never allow him to admit there are others worthy of “his” award.

  37. Rodgers is 100 percent right. Even if you hate Rodgers and the Packers, that clown reporter is way out of line… Anybody that biased should not be allowed to have a vote.

  38. Aaron is right, if Arkush basically said he had already decided not to vote for Rodgers regardless of what he did on the field, then essentially he is trying to rig the outcome. He should lose his privilege of voting for the the MVP.

  39. I’m more of a Rodgers fan today than yesterday…good for him. Some of these sportswriters need to be called out by players.

  40. and here I thought that I couldn’t like Rodgers any more than I already do!
    Rodgers saying it like it is!

  41. Not a Packers fan but Rogers I am definitely a fan of. Telling the entire world what he thinks with no sugar coating on it. This league needs some more of that and less of the politically correctness and such.
    Rogers for MVP for his performance as a football player!!!

  42. Everyone saying Rogers shouldn’t of replied to it are crazy. Is that what this country has come to?? Just ignore being slandered and that is ok?? If you speak about someone in a negative way then you should expect a response.
    Stop being too soft!

  43. Iam no Rodgers fan but the league and the packers all knew he wasn’t vaccinated just because the media assumed he was has nothing to do with the MVP so guy should lose his vote

  44. Why do we put so much on an individual award on a team sport, voted on by nonplayers or coaches. Bottom line the best player ends up with a ring at the end of the year.

  45. Just lost all respect for the Associated Press, pretty clear who the mvp is, Packers radio network has Hub on every week on the pre game show, I won’t be listening anymore if they keep having thar bum on there

  46. I’m no bum. Believe me, I wasn’t looking in the mirror when I said those words. Pinky toe promise.

  47. I don’t think Hub said anything a person might not be feeling is correct to say or do. I think professionally, it was extremely unwise and untowards, to Rodgers.

  48. Kind of like the type of person who doesn’t get vaxed and lies about it, that kind of bum?

  49. Rodgers, the sensitive snowflake, once again proves how deeply he cares what others think about him while claiming for all to hear that he doesn’t. By reacting like this, he just feeds oxygen to Arkush’s comment. You can bet that if a comment like that had been made about Brady or Brees or Manning, they would have been silent. Let it die a natural death. Rodgers keeps it alive though another news cycle. Just not a bright guy off the field.

  50. Hub was wrong to say that. He apologized for it and that is good enough for me. I don’t like how Rodgers combines politics and football. No one is trying to cancel him, his vaccination status or his freaking big toe. Yes, he deserves to be the MVP. Hub Arkush works for a living.

  51. Whatever, Arkush should never spoken about an owner in such a manner. 😉

    Hopefully Aaron will just use this as another chip on his shoulder to fuel his fire.
    The great ones often use perceived slights, real or imagined, to keep their fire stoked.

    Rage on, Aaron….Rage on.
    The postseason awaits.

  52. If Rodgers can’t bring the SuperBowl trophy home as payment for insulting the intelligence of the thousands of Packer fans from whom he’s received undying support for nearly two decades, I sure as hell don’t want him winning a personal acknowledgment like an MVP. Screw that. I’m a huge Packer fan. First things first.

  53. For all those who think Rodgers was wrong in what he said regarding Hub, if it was YOU he said that about you wouldn’t sit there and take it. And, if you did, shame on you! Hub is one of those “get off my lawn” guys .. a tool.

  54. I think Aaron Rogers handled the whole “Yes, I’m immunized” situation horribly. But he’s pretty much spot on here.

  55. Why does the AP even count – it hasn’t been a factor in media since the Vietnam War….

  56. It has nothing to do with not being vaccinated. Rodgers is so thick and upset because he lost a vote in his most coverted award…mean while brady’s focus is super bowls

  57. I keep reading that he’s the front runner for MVP, but it doesn’t make much sense. One of the reasons given here is that he has thrown for 3,977 yards. That sounds good unless you know that’s about 1,000 yards short of what Tom Brady has for this year. Rodgers is 9th in passing yards. He’s 6 yards ahead of Kirk Cousins. Does anyone think Cousins is a legitimate candidate? Rodgers has 35 touchdown passes, putting him behind Brady & Matthew Stafford & tied with 2 other quarterbacks. Many people say he has the best receiver in the game. What about this screams MVP. Maybe Cooper Kupp deserves it. If you have to give it to a quarterback, how about the guy who’s going to break 5,000 yards?

  58. I am not a Packers fan. Whether I agree with Aaron or not, I like that he speaks his mind. I didn’t agree with him misleading people about the vaccine but I certainly wouldn’t allow it to influence my vote for MVP on the field. The A.P. and the league have a problem and they need to handle it. The reporter is a hack. It was the opinion a hack would express.

  59. Rodgers can have the fake mvp awarad to sooth his fragile ego and then choke in the playoffs like he always does .

  60. I was about to say something negative about Antonio Brown, Ndamukong Suh, Jon Gruden and Henry Ruggs, but I’ve never met them or had lunch with them, therefore I must reserve judgement.

  61. I’m from Chicago, live in Chicago, am a die hard Bears fan and I cannot believe I agree with (1) Rogers AND (2) Florio. Earth must be off its axis a touch.

  62. Quarterback is without doubt the most valuable position on the field. The Packers have the best record in the NFC and Rodgers has the best QB rating and best numbers overall. I think on the field is the only criteria relevant to any award, and popularity contests should be left in the press, not as if they represent the true MVP. That said, I have never liked Aaron Rodgers from when he came in the league, based on comments and interviews I have seen, and especially his lying about being vaccinated. He demonstrated total lack of character by his actions, and it doesn’t take going to diner with him to make that judgement. He still deserves the MVP award.

  63. The irony – we have never spoken a single word to each other so he doesn’t know me – he has no basis for calling me names, the dude’s an absolute bum. But I can call him names even though we have never spoken. Aaron’s fragile ego and narcissism must make it difficult to find a crown big enough for his swollen head.

  64. thereisno23 says:
    January 6, 2022 at 10:13 am
    The irony – we have never spoken a single word to each other so he doesn’t know me – he has no basis for calling me names, the dude’s an absolute bum. But I can call him names even though we have never spoken. Aaron’s fragile ego and narcissism must make it difficult to find a crown big enough for his swollen head.

    Rodgers wants that MVP bad! He should of said “Never heard of him” Then tlaking about getting prepped for this weeks game and getting ready for the play-offs and homefield. Rodgers block out the noise get ready for the play-offs. It pains me as a Vikings fan to root for Green Bay but they are from the NFC and thats where my loyalites lie as far as a fan.

  65. We do know you’re a selfish liar though, right Aaron?

    Maybe some people think selfish liars don’t rate a MVP vote.

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