Aaron Rodgers supplied his first public feedback on his ongoing rift with the Packers since rumors arose on April 29 that he wished to be traded out of Inexperienced Bay.
Naturally, he saved them for Kenny Mayne’s remaining time anchoring “SportsCenter.”
Rodgers, one in all a number of high-profile athletes making appearances on Monday’s episode of “SportsCenter,” opened his look by saying, “I am simply right here so I will not get fined” — an ode to former Cal teammate Marshawn Lynch, additionally scheduled to look on “SportsCenter.”
Rodgers and Mayne joked round, with the latter asking whether or not the Packers quarterback could be prepared to make use of the Fan Managed Soccer League as a bargaining chip with Inexperienced Bay.
“Something’s on the desk,” Rodgers joked.
The 2 reminisced for a number of minutes earlier than Mayne requested Rodgers what he considered followers and observers being conditioned to assume administration was all the time in the proper, and any particular person participant who stands up for themself is within the incorrect.
“The folks. That is crucial factor: The folks make a company,” Rodgers mentioned. “Folks make the enterprise. And typically that will get forgotten. Tradition, the muse of it, brick by brick, is constructed by the folks. Not by the group. Not by the constructing. Not by the company. It is constructed by the folks.”
Mayne then interjected and requested Rodgers whether or not he was demanding a commerce from the Packers. Rodgers did not say whether or not he wished to be traded out of Inexperienced Bay, however did say his challenge with the crew had nothing to do with 2020 first-round choose Jordan Love, Rodgers’ inheritor obvious, and extra to do with the administration.
“With my scenario, it is by no means been concerning the draft choose,” Rodgers mentioned. “Choosing Jordan, I like Jordan. He is a fantastic child. A whole lot of enjoyable to work collectively. Love my teaching employees, love my teammates, love my fan base in Inexperienced Bay. Unbelievable 16 years. It is simply form of a few philosophy, and perhaps forgetting that it’s concerning the those that make the factor go. It is about character, it is about tradition. It is about doing issues the proper means.
“A whole lot of this was put in movement final 12 months, and the wrench was simply form of thrown into it once I gained MVP and performed the way in which I performed final 12 months,” Rodgers added. “That is simply form of the spiel out of all that. Look man, it’s concerning the folks.”
Mayne requested Rodgers if he thought he may come to some form of settlement with the Packers, which he appeared unsure of. Then, in typical Kenny Mayne vogue, he closed out his interview by making the quarterback snicker:
“One last item: Final time we did the interview collectively, you instructed me to go heavy on the crypto-currency recreation,” Mayne mentioned. “I did. We’re down 40 %, then I misplaced my job. (My spouse Gretchen) simply desires a brand new comforter. F— you, Aaron Rodgers.”
And with that, Mayne left the set with Rodgers laughing behind him.