Time To Put Rodgers’ COVID Story To Bed
This headline is a wish that I know will not happen. Everyone came out of the woodwork to give their opinion on Aaron Rodgers on Monday. We heard from Howard Stern, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and many others. People felt they needed to be heard on a topic with the same takes that were heard from many people. If you’re going to take on a topic where everyone is saying the same thing, it is nothing more than a way to get clicks, views, and engagements. Yes, we talked about it too but saved it until the very end of our podcast. This was done to ensure the listener (you) did not have to muddle through any Rodgers’ talk if they didn’t want to. My finger pointed more at Pat McAfee than anyone else. He didn’t do Rodgers any favors. If you haven’t listened, it’s 45 minutes in.
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We have already spent too much time on this story. Jay Williams of ESPN, who is known for a bad take or two, pointed out that we should probably be talking more about how to do we prevent the next Henry Ruggs versus the Rodgers’ story. The fact that Abdul-Jabbar criticized Rodgers for portraying the ‘dumb jock’ stereotype without acknowledging what Ruggs did in the same week is wrong. Stern saying Rodgers ruined his football weekend. Why didn’t Ruggs? Let’s make one thing clear – COVID drives cheap engagement and attention without any real substance. Having to talk about a serious topic like Ruggs or what happened in Houston makes people uncomfortable. People don’t want to have those tough conversations. We’re too soft.
Rodgers will meet with the media at some point, and when he does, the story will human centipede itself. Do I wish Rodgers was more upfront about everything? Yes, yes I do. But do I think it’s time to move on and find something else to talk about? Yes. That said, they will keep coming back to this. COVID stayed the news for a reason, and it doesn’t look like it is going away even with all the great things we have in place to defeat it.
This story will not end, and this is likely me preaching to the choir. Yet I’m happy to lend my voice.