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Aaron Rodgers, the Super Bowl-winning quarterback for the NFL’s legendary Green Bay Packers, said in an interview this week he wants no part of the so-called “cancel culture” and that he backs free speech and the opinions of others even if people don’t agree with them.
Rodgers made his remarks in a Tuesday interview following some trash-talking with fans who attended Sunday’s game against the Chicago Bears, in which he led the Packers to yet another win over the division rival.
“Not only is it going on throughout all competitions, for decades it was glorified by media and fans alike. Entire trash-talking compilations can be found online with hundreds of thousands of views. It’s an art form used by some of the greats to gain an edge,” the Daily Wire noted in a Wednesday report.
“On Sunday in Chicago, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers officially entered the trash-talking Hall of Fame,” the outlet continued.
After he scored on a six-yard touchdown run, the QB looked up at the hometown Bears crowd and was captured on a hot mic giving those fans his view on his role during the 100-year rivalry between the two historic teams.
“All my f**king life, I own you,” he shouted after his fourth-quarter score. “I still own you. I still own you.”
The Pack went on to win 24-14 and are now 5-1, while the Bears fell to 3-3 on the season.
Rodgers, in a subsequent interview, went on to note that there were some Bears fans and others who didn’t really appreciate what he had to say, though the sports media generally glorified the moment. He told “The Pat McAfee Show” he didn’t really care much what others thought.
“There’s a PC woke culture that exists,” Rodgers told Pat McAfee. “And there’s a Cancel Culture at the same time, and it’s based on people’s own feelings of maybe personal [misery] or distaste for their own situations or life or just the enjoyment of holding other people down underneath their thumb.”
He went on to suggest that there are no ways to win when it comes to the woke culture crowd, the Daily Wire noted, adding:
Rodgers was the subject of months-long conversations surrounding the way he handled the offseason, in which he took some time away from football as a rift between Rodgers and the organization played out.
“When you engage in this culture, you’re immersed in it and you’re in it so much,” Rodgers said. “For me, when I took time in the offseason to work on myself and to work on my mental status, and to get myself in the right frame of mind, I was being selfish. Or nonresponsive, selfish, and entitled. When I came back and said what I said … the same sentiments were shared.”
“Pick a topic, from my family to my leadership style. … They run with these stories, and when I respond to it … then I’m being sensitive,” Rodgers went on to explain.
The QB, who won a Super Bowl in 2010, made sure to note that wants no part of the “PC woke culture,” and says he was refusing “play the game.”
“There’s a game within the game. If the player abides by the rules of the game, he’s part of the game,” Rodgers said. “The rules of the game are: You must acquiesce with the woke mob at all times. You must. However, when you live above the game, the game does not exist, and that’s where I’m at.”
“I’m not a part of this game that’s being played. This game is being played out by these individuals. I see it, I hear it, but to me it’s comedy.”
“Are we getting that soft as a society that we can’t have a back and forth now?” Rodgers asked. “Somebody can pay for a ticket and say whatever the hell they want — which I think they should be able to — but the one time you say something back to them, that gets caught on a hot mic, now I’ve disrespected an entire city, an entire organization, my organization … “
“I’m not a part of this woke, Cancel Culture that tries to silence people all the time.”