Aaron Rodgers has no time for B.S., H.S., C.S. or any other kind of S.
Rodgers took a fair amount of unnecessary flak and plenty of of-base speculation following the Packers’ Week 1 loss to the Saints, with some going as far to claim that the Packers quarterback threw the game to get back at the Packers for his offseason drama.
Rodgers rightfully took absolute exception to this. After an MVP-like, four-TD performance that showed him restore balance to the Pack with a 35-17 win over the Lions on Monday night, Rodgers took to the airwaves on Tuesday’s “Pat McAfee Show” to air out some dirty laundry with people who may have doubted and questioned his want-to.
(Editor’s note: Tweet and video contain NSFW language.)
It’s absolute horse s— to give a platform to people that have no idea what they’re talking about as far as my mental state, my focus, my work habits — people that have not been around me, have not been in my life, I have no communication with them, they’re not in the locker room — that’s just chicken s—. It’s so ridiculous that people can get a platform to do this, and it’s the same type of people.
In this day in media, it’s all about hits, and clicks, and views, and one second counts as a view, so the actual opinions that are garnering the most attention are the most outlandish. So it’s not even Overreaction Monday or Tuesday anymore, it’s overreaction every time a microphone’s in your face, every time you have a single shot at the camera, and you can talk to a camera. Every time you’re on a panel, it’s, “Who can say the most outlandish things?” Because that’s gonna give you the most hits. That’s the media we live in, and that’s fine.
Rodgers would go on to say he doesn’t feel the need to defend himself and that you should always consider the source — something that’s a basic lesson from Journalism 101.
It seems like Rodgers’ comments were aimed specifically at former Packers tight end Jermichael Finley, who suggested that Rodgers’ love for the game has vanished and that the Packers should suggest moving on from the “tired” quarterback sooner rather than later.
While his overarching blame of the media at large and its goals is a bit off-kilter, Rodgers has a point in that hot-take artists drive far too much of the discussion in today’s sports media landscape.
And if those hot takes add fuel to Rodgers’ fire, then the league should be on high alert the rest of the way.
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