It really seems as if the Green Bay Packers dodged a proverbial bullet when they decided to trade future Hall of Fame quarterback Aaron Rodgers to the New York Jets. The move not only allowed them to see what they had in 2020 NFL Draft pick Jordan Love, but also freed them from the controversy and drama that Rodgers has started over the past three seasons.
It all started in 2020 when Rodgers started appearing on The Pat McAfee Show every week during the NFL season. During these weekly interviews, fans were treated to the immense wealth of football knowledge that Rodgers has, Truly, his football IQ is second to none.
Unfortunately, Rodgers also took the opportunity in his interviews to start, take part in, or continue controversies that were not part of the game of football. From his COVID vaccination views to his government conspiracies, fans were exposed to the unconventional beliefs that he had. This would not be an issue if he respected everyone’s right to believe what they want. However, Rodgers demeaned and attacked those who disagreed with him.
One of his biggest critics over the years has been comedian Jimmy Kimmel, who has taken more than his fair share of personal shots at the four-time NFL MVP. Earlier this year, Kimmel made a joke about Rodgers wearing a tinfoil hat in response to some of his beliefs on the intentions of big pharma.
Earlier this week, Rodgers fired back in an incredibly inappropriate way.
Former Green Bay Packers Quarterback Aaron Rodgers Accused Jimmy Kimmel of Being on the Epstein List
One of the biggest stories in the news this week was the long-awaited release of the Epstein court documents that were believed to have named dozens, if not hundreds, of politicians, Hollywood stars, and other celebrities who visited Epstein’s infamous island.
During his most recent appearance on The Pat McAfee Show, Rodgers stated that he could not wait to pop a bottle of something when Kimmel’s name is revealed on the Epstein list:
BREAKING: Jimmy Kimmel threatens legal action against quarterback Aaron Rodgers for suggesting that his name would be on the Epstein associates list.
In a response to my original post about Rodgers’ comments, Kimmel said Rodgers’ “reckless words put my family in danger.”
— Collin Rugg (@CollinRugg) January 2, 2024
Rodgers’ exact words were, “There are a lot of people hoping that thing never comes out, including Jimmy Kimmel,” which drew laughter from both McAfee and AJ Hawk.
The popular comedian, however, did not find it funny and issued the following statements on social media:
Dear Aasshole: for the record, I’ve not met, flown with, visited, or had any contact whatsoever with Epstein, nor will you find my name on any “list” other than the clearly-phony nonsense that soft-brained wackos like yourself can’t seem to distinguish from reality. Your reckless… https://t.co/p8eug12uiS
— Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) January 2, 2024
Obviously, accusing or even joking about someone being a pedophile without any evidence to an audience of millions is no light matter. As Kimmel mentioned, Rodgers’ comments led to threats against himself and his family.
There is also the issue that ESPN, which runs The Pat McAfee Show, and ABC, which airs Jimmy Kimmel Live, are both owned by Disney.
And that in-fighting might lead to some serious consequences for Rodgers.
Media Experts Believe Aaron Rodgers May Lose His Gig on The Pat McAfee Show
Former ESPN host Jemele Hill recently appeared on The Dan LeBetard Show with Stugotz and said Rodgers may have committed the biggest sin in the eyes of the Disney Corporation:
“There’s no more offensive crime in the universe of ESPN or Disney than talent-on-talent crime. And there’s a part of me that wonders is this going to be the end of the weekly Aaron Rodgers appearances?
“Maybe not right now in the moment. But looking down the line, at some point, if you’re ABC or ESPN or those people who get paid to make these decisions, you wonder, ‘Is it worth it to have him on if, every week, there is going to be some kind of headline of him saying something and us making headlines for the wrong reasons?’”
CNN host Jake Trapper also believes that Rodgers’ accusation of Kimmel was disgusting and went too far. He also called on the Disney Corporation to disallow McAfee from having Rodgers on his show:
“False, defamatory, wildly irresponsible and not funny if Rodgers was trying to be funny. This is child sex trafficking we’re talking about. That’s not funny.
“I guess (Disney CEO) Bob Iger now has a question. Does he allow ESPN and this nitwit — I’m not talking about McAfee — to continue to have this forum, even when they’re smearing somebody who’s been working for ABC, I think, for more than 20 years now.
“I don’t know if Rodgers thinks this makes him look good. I think it makes him look pathetic.”
Rodgers is paid $1 million a year to appear on McAfee’s program. If he ends up losing his regular guest appearance, it will not the only time his opinions he shared on the show cost him sponsorships.
When he first came out against the COVID vaccine and traditional medicine, Bellin Health and State Farm both cut ties with him.
It would not have taken much for Rodgers to make a social media post apologizing to Kimmel. But he has chosen not to, indicating that, once again, he feels he can do no wrong and that he is the smartest person in the room.
Green Bay, and eventually Pat McAfee, are better off without him.