Good movies and books usually have heroes and villains. A hero and a villain. good guys and bad guys. In sports it is often the same way.
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers says he knows where he fits in the script.
“There are heroes and villains in sports and entertainment,” Rodgers said Tuesday during his second offseason appearance on “The Pat McAfee Show” from his home in Malibu. I think I’ve been cast as the villain, especially in the last few years, probably because of a few other things.
“So a lot of what I say is often interpreted that way. I’m not upset about it. I never feel like a victim. I don’t think that way. I’m actually kind of accepting the role if you want me cast that way.”
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Despite this, Rogers said he wasn’t worried about people’s perception of him.
“It doesn’t matter,” said Rogers. “It doesn’t piss me off. This culture, this awakened culture, wants to be mad at everything….Most of the time they cheat on it. Because honestly, it doesn’t matter.” It doesn’t interfere with my whale watching. 1 bit.”
Rogers has increased his whale watching early in the offseason and joked that he’s gearing up for the Pro-Am PGA Tour golf event February 2-5 in Pebble Beach, California.
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Across the field, Rogers has become a polarizing figure in his stance on COVID-19 in 2021, having since opposed vaccination, promoted ivermectin’s debunked treatment, and advocated for NFL health and safety protocols. constantly denounced.
It’s been over a year since those headlines, and COVID-19 is still on Rogers’ mind, even if the topic hasn’t been brought up. This was evident in his two recent appearances on McAfee’s show, with conversations centered primarily on his football future. may be traded.
Mr. Rogers said his position on COVID-19 led to a change in people’s perception of him and then — without evidence — linked the “media” to the makers of the COVID-19 vaccine.
“Getting the right soundbite from the right thing and whether it may have been provided by Pfizer in the past or not, they have to make sure the villain is cast in the right light. No. Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, whatever it is, are sponsors,” Rogers said.
Rogers added that he was portrayed “a particular way” because he was put “in their crosshairs” standing up “against some power that should be.”
“That’s what the media did to me years ago,” Rogers claimed. “That’s fine. That’s their prerogative. If they want to do it. I think I had a pretty good response at the time. It was nice to experience that. Whatever comes after that, really little potatoes am.”
This article originally appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Aaron Rodgers says he’s embracing his ‘villain’ status on the Pat McAfee Show