May 19, 2022

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers rings the bell after reporter calls him “the league’s biggest jerk”

GREEN BAY, Wisconsin – Aaron Rodgers had strong words for the voter MVP who said this week he would not vote for the Green Bay Packers quarterback because he is “the biggest jerk in the league” and ” a bad person “.

Those comments came from Hub Arkush, a Chicago-based reporter who holds one of 50 votes for the Associated Press’s Most Valuable Player award.

“I think he’s a bum,” Rodgers said Wednesday. “I think he’s an absolute bum. He doesn’t know me. I don’t know who he is; nobody knew who he was, probably, until the comments yesterday. I listened to the comments, but to say he had his mind made up during the summer, during the offseason, that I had no chance of winning the MVP, in my opinion should rule out future votes. His problem isn’t that I am a bad guy or the biggest jerk in the league. He doesn’t. I don’t know myself. “

Arkush, who is the editor of Pro Football Weekly and contributes to other Chicago-area media, commented on Chicago radio station 670 The Score and has since said he regrets having said he wouldn’t vote for Rodgers due to his issues with the quarterback. – field habits, such as his decision not to be vaccinated.

“His problem is that I am not vaccinated,” Rodgers said. “So if he wants to go on a crusade and come to an agreement and come up with an additional letter to award the prize just for this season and make him the most valuable vaccine player, then he should do it. But he’s a bum and me I’m not going to waste time worrying about this. He has no idea who I am. He has never spoken to me in his life.

Rodgers acknowledged last month during one of his weekly appearances on The Pat McAfee Show that some voters may have his take on the subject of vaccination against him. Rodgers missed a game because he tested positive for COVID-19 and had to quarantine himself for 10 days because he was not vaccinated. This led to Rodgers being exposed as an unvaccinated player who prior to the season told reporters he had been “immune” to COVID-19.

“I don’t think you can be the biggest jerk in the league and punish your team, your organization and your fan base like he did and be the most valuable player,” Arkush said Tuesday on The Score. . “Has he been the most valuable on the pitch? Yes, you could make that point, but I don’t think he’s clearly more valuable than Jonathan Taylor or Cooper Kupp or maybe even Tom Brady. , from where I’m sitting, the rest, that’s why it won’t be my choice. “

Arkush added, “I just think the way he behaved is inappropriate. I think he’s a villain, and I don’t think a villain can be the most valuable guy at the same time.”

During a subsequent appearance on the station, Arkush said he regretted allowing other voters to have to answer questions about their votes.

“The only thing I can do in the future is to respect what I did not respect last night and not to talk about it again until the awards ceremony,” he said on Wednesday.

Although the AP award, which Rodgers has won three times (including last season), is considered the official MVP award, the NFL is not involved in the process.

Packers coach Matt LaFleur said the only thing that should be considered when voting is how someone is playing on the field.

“I don’t know what else could contribute to it other than how someone comes out and performs on a weekly basis,” LaFleur said. “If people are judging people for differences of opinion or things that they have no idea what they’re talking about, then I think that sort of discredits that award. I think we hold that award in high regard. . I think most of it is. And I think it’s an absolute privilege to be able to vote for this award. Consider anything other than what you see when this player is playing to play, I think that’s doing everyone a disservice. “

The Packers lost the game Rodgers missed due to COVID-19 rules, but still managed to secure the No.1 seed in the NFC playoffs with one game remaining. They are 13-3 heading into Sunday’s regular season finale against the Detroit Lions.

“I think the MVP should be the MVP on the team,” Rodgers said. “A lot of times it comes down to the best player on the best team, and we’re the best team. So if the voters want to take advantage of the offseason or don’t like my position not being vaccinated, that’s their prerogative. I don’t. Think it’s fair, but it’s their prerogative. “

Rodgers threw 35 touchdowns and had just four intercepts (including two in Game 1 of the season) for 3,977 yards while completing 68.6% of his passes.

He’ll likely get the chance to add to those stats on Sunday against the Lions because LaFleur said he doesn’t plan on keeping players healthy, even though it’s a supposedly devoid game. sense. However, that doesn’t mean these players will play the entire game.

“We did studies on how the other teams performed in the last week of the season with a pass, and it was overwhelmingly in favor of giving the guys at least a little time,” he said. said LaFleur. “And so you certainly weigh that information, but you also talk to your players and these guys want to play. So that’s how we’re going to do it.”