Aaron Rodgers called the rumor he would boycott the Super Bowl this year, should the Green Bay Packers advance to the game, “the dumbest (expletive) thing I’ve heard” and “so ridiculously off-base.”
“I’ve given a lot less (expletive) the last couple years but one thing I do give a major (expletive) about is ridiculous narratives about me,” Rodgers said Tuesday during his weekly appearance on “The Pat McAfee Show.”
The latest Rodgers-centered drama stemmed from a segment last week on New York sports radio station WFAN, where morning host Boomer Esiason – a former NFL quarterback – had his co-host Gregg Giannotti read a text from another person who claimed they had heard from Rodgers’ “direct circle.”
The text alleged an elaborate plan for Rodgers to sit out the Super Bowl due to his displeasure with the league and its COVID-19 protocols. Rodgers, who is unvaccinated, missed a game during the regular season after testing positive for COVID-19.
Giannotti and Esiason said during the show they concluded they were being pranked, but Rodgers responded to a clip of the discussion last Friday with a series of mocking hashtags.
“This one was pure comedy for me,” Rodgers told McAfee on Tuesday. “But when pure comedy becomes more reputable news outlets that then mention it to the extent that it becomes even bigger stories, I felt it was time for me to say goodbye.” Rodgers told McAfee on Tuesday. We had a lot of fun.”
That “fun” Rodgers referred to were the supporting social media statements that came from Packers backup quarterbacks Jordan Love and Kurt Benkert.
“No one in my ‘inner circle’ is talking to the media,” Rodgers said. Rodgers stated, “Noone that I trust and care about, and have conversations with, is talking to any member of the media. They are not going to leak anything.”
Rodgers went on to call the idea of him missing the Super Bowl “so ridiculously stupid.”
“It’s even past the point where I don’t even joke about that,” he said. Do I have an issue about some protocols? Yes. This is something I wouldn’t even joke about. This is the dumbest thing I’ve ever seen.
“I mean, how (expletive) stupid is that?”
Super Bowl 56 is scheduled for Feb. 13 at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles.
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