Aaron Rodgers was the target of pointed condemnation by Fox Sports’ “NFL Sunday” crew, with Terry Bradshaw calling the Green Bay Packers quarterback a liar and Michael Strahan criticizing him for applying a quote by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to his situation.
“It would’ve been nice if he’d just come to the Naval Academy [where Sunday’s broadcast was based] and learn to be honest, learn not to lie,” Bradshaw said. “Because that’s what you did, Aaron. You lied.”
Rodgers, who is unable to play Sunday because he tested positive for the coronavirus, was criticized for being disingenuous about his vaccination status. In an interview Friday, he called out the “woke mob,” “cancel culture” and what he described as a “witch hunt” against him in an appearance on “The Pat McAfee Show.” He said the NFL’s coronavirus protocols “were not based on science but on a more shame-based environment.”
He went on to add, “The great MLK said, ‘You have a moral obligation to object to unjust rules and rules that make no sense,’ ” paraphrasing King.
Strahan noted, “There are times to quote MLK and this was not one of them.”
Howie Long and Jimmy Johnson called Rodgers selfish for emphasizing his interests over the team and Strahan took issue with the “workaround,” Rodgers’s answer that he’d been “immunized” when he was asked about being vaccinated over the summer.
Strahan spoke of how the New York Giants had curfew at midnight at a hotel on the night before a game and said, “we had one particularly great player who at 12:05 would be walking out of the building. They [coaches] would go, ‘Where are you going? It’s 12:05.’ He’d go, ‘It’s 12:05. Curfew is over.’ It’s the workaround. In the grand scheme of things it’s deceptive. It’s wrong.”