Quarterback Packers Aaron Rodgers shot down rumors that he would boycott the Super Bowl if Green Bay made it this season.
The rumor comes from CBS Sports’ Boomer Esiason. During his “Boomer and Gio” show last week, the source heard from Rodgers’ “straight circle” that quarterback Packers were considering boycotting the Super Bowl over NFL COVID protocols.
Rodgers addressed this topic in his weekly magazine performance in “The Pat McAfee Show” Tuesday afternoon and he called it “so ridiculously stupid.”
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“I like a good sense of humor and wit, but the topic that was raised is so ridiculously stupid that it’s even beyond my borders,” Rodgers McAfee said. “Do I have a problem with some protocols? Of course. But I would never even joke about it. It’s the stupidest thing I wouldn’t even joke about.”
It turns out that the joke was on Esiason and his co-host Greg Giannotti. The couple admitted shortly after their report that they thought the information sent to them was part of a joke, as they announced on Twitter.
Before it gets out of control, here’s more context to the text Boomer has been given about Aaron Rodgers. At the end of our discussion, we all came to the conclusion that we believed it was a joke. pic.twitter.com/fNtDgQsWJP
– Gregg Giannotti (@GioWFAN) January 7, 2022
At that moment, the rumors started, so the damage was already caused.
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Normally, Rodgers wouldn’t care so much about the rumors. But this one annoyed him about being “ridiculously off base.”
“I’ve put a lot less f – in the last few years, but one thing I give a big f – are ridiculous stories about me,” Rodgers said. “Especially those who are so ridiculously off base. This was pure comedy for me. But when pure comedy turns into a little more reputable news sites that mention it when it becomes an even bigger story, I just felt that it’s time to end it. “
Still, Rodgers “somehow had fun” shooting down the rumor. He and his backups – Jordan Love and Kurt Benkert – joined a long thread on Twitter, during which Benkert and Love joked that they were the source that told the story to Esiason.
This isn’t the first time Rodgers has had an argument with a medium or a personality this year. He was criticized for saying he had been “immunized” when asked if he had been vaccinated against COVID-19, and he also got involved with Hub Arkush, who claimed that he would not vote for Rodgers because “he is the biggest cad in the league. “
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This means that Rodgers has reason to have a problem with Esiason’s actions, because the apparent prank did not thoroughly check until he revealed it in the broadcast. As a result, Rodgers wanted to make sure everyone knew that members of his “inner circle” would reveal something like that.
“None of my ‘inner circle’ talks to the media,” Rodgers said. “No one I trust, who I care about, and who I talk to, no one talking to any member of the media, will reveal anything.”