The Green Bay Packers quarterback misled everyone. This is not a shock.
I've practiced law for forty-four years. I'm pretty sure most triers of fact would consider Rodgers to have been lying. As to parsing the law books, even literally true statements can be actionable if they have the capacity to mislead.
Well written. But every star athlete gets this treatment. Growing up in Chicago, Jordan did what he wanted. I realize the difference between the 2, but that’s how it is.
Well said. Things will get even more interesting if Love plays well and then we have a debate on who starts against Seattle: a 1-0 Love with 2 weeks of reps or Rodgers who would have just left his house the day before. The talking heads would lap that up for a whole week!!
Amen to that Tyler.
I mostly agree with this take. One correction though, several known unvaccinated players have been at pressers without a mask and nothing has happened. There seems to be an exception for press conferences.
Act II of the 2021 NFL season sure is exciting. The plot twists never end.
I have a couple random thoughts, much of which might be a "reaction to the reaction."
-My subjective experience was that once the news broke out, people were angry. Really angry. The next step after anger was the internet sleuthing, hammering down the particulars in the pursuit of what really happened. Noticeably absent in this fact-finding mission, in my view, was any genuine concern for Rodgers, who purportedly is positive with a virus for which we've decided was so dangerous we must shut the entire world down. I think the mask is starting to slip. The chief concern wasn't Rodgers health. It was his selfishness. His decision was arbitrated through a lens of morality. I'm not here to sympathize for Rodgers, either. He's merely a symbol for a larger societal trend for projecting "concern" about covid. People are mad and motivated for football reasons because (the concerns over covid are waning because, well, fix in the blank with the myriad reasons--vaccine, treatment methods, data about the age range it impacts severely, etc.). I see a certain segment of media and fans acting deceitful, too.
-Rodgers is a skilled communicator. Great pull from his 2013 reaction to Braun, Tyler. I'm one to forgive people for their faults. I hope Rodgers sees his hypocrisy. I understand why Rodgers obfuscated. If he's unvaccinated, he becomes "the story" again and the subject of ridicule. In the book "All the Truth is Out," author Matt Bai chroncles the way in which media transitioned in how they covered personal matters. Long story short, the intense focus on Gary Hart's affair became effective fodder, and since that moment it has expanded the overton window of acceptable information. Back in the day, everyone knew about JFK's escapades, yet it wasn't widely reported. There's a clear editorial decision regarding the personal. I don't have any strong feelings on this other than I get it. If every word of mind were parsed and analyzed like it's classic literature, I'd probably feel the tendency to be more reserved. More to the point, when I see others get ripped to shreds for being human (I think of Ethan Strauss's discussions about "locker room" culture escaping the locker room and getting into the pages of some prominent paper), I can see why there's a level of self censorship. I kind of like your point, Tyler, about Rodgers lamenting cancel culture while hiding, but perhaps he's speaking from the perspective of the self-censored. Cowardly? Perhaps. But I very much can sympathize with him given my own line of work.
Finally, to actual football:
-This is actually great for the Packers. Is the No. 1 seed important? Sure. But they've been to too many NFC Championships and fallen short. They've been both home and away and they won the Super Bowl going through Chicago. What's great is they get a much, much clearer preview of the future. If Jordan Love can be the guy, or he shows glimpses, it'll be the Rodgers-in-Dallas moment when Favre went down. That moment gave Ted (and I believe Jon Dorsey) all the conviction they needed to move on from Brett.
-The situation is perfect, too. 1.) Kansas City is struggling. Mahomes doens't look like himself. Their defense is Packers-esque circa, well, most any year this decade. The Packers have a chance. 2.) The team is getting healthier 3.) The game plan of running the football can take pressure of Love and lead them to victory as it did last week 4.) Love's reason for being in the game brings absolutely zero PR nightmares for the Packers. LaFleur can focus his attention solely on Love all week, who gets the reps right away in practice. 5.) Gutekunst can make a much, much more informed decision about the team's next 3-5 years. 6.) A good showing for Love amplifies trade value for not just Rodgers but Love, too. There'll be plenty of QB-hungry teams.
Sorry for the novel.
You either die a hero or live long enough to see yourself become the villain. Favre was certainly entitled in a "good 'ol boy" sort of way. Rodgers can be insufferable with his schtick.
I was ok with the Packers bringing him back for another year because a) they have a shot at the super bowl, b) Love could probably use another year as a backup and c) I though they could still make a trade after this year for similar value.
Having said that, I would not have been heartbroken if he never played another snap with the Packers. I just hope you are right about Love. I have often said that if Jordan Love becomes a top 10 QB in this league, that pick was a home run
Bravo, bravo, bravo, sir. A true Journalist. The anti-Wilde.
The idea that someone's "personal choice" about getting the Covid vaccine has no ramifications for other's health is nonsense and utterly selfish. It is infuriating that unvaccinated people can blow a Covid load into the face of someone who has a suppressed immune system and literally put their life in danger and feel no personal responsibility about protecting people is outlandish.
I believe Tyler knew all along what the FDPQ (Former Disgraced Packers QB) was like from his days covering the team. Like a fool I chose to believe the image of perfection and near-sainthood. Jordan Love would be wise not to emulate leadership from this diva. Here’s to hoping that he’ll take his cues instead from the Majik Man, who was 20 times the leader this killjoy ever was.
Yeah, this doesn't necessarily surprise me. His big to-do this summer because he didn't like that the Packers were being mean (needed to treat them with more respect) when they cut players. Trust me that it doesn't matter to the cut person whether they were nice or mean. As the GM stated: they're not going to be happy.
Aaron Rodgers is turning out to be the sports world’s version of Howard Hughes.
Brilliant, rich, blessed, handsome and talented. Bitter, eccentric, vindictive, reviled and exiled..
I happen to believe karma is a big factor in winning a championship. Good karma won't win you a championship, but enough bad karma will always cost you in the end. Rodgers has now lost enough credibility and has earned enough bad karma that regardless of how Love plays I think LaFleur should start Love for the rest of the season. Rodgers has lost the right to lead this team.
Fabulous article! Very measured and accurate regarding Rodgers' amazing prowess on the football field and his very manipulative, disingenuous behavior off of it. Well done T!!!!
As it was all summer, Rodgers has the power to clear everything up. Time and again he chooses not to. I find that to be the most disappointing aspect of all of this. You cannot be selfish and a good leader at the same time. Rodgers does lots of good stuff, too, so I don't want to overreact too much here, but this feels like it will have ramifications for the franchise (as it should).
One of my employees told me about this whole situation before I even heard about it and my instant reaction then remains my prevailing thought ... even Einstein married his cousin. Sometimes smart people do dumb things.