Aaron Rodgers Realizes It Was Not Festivus, Regrets His Airing Of Grievances
On Wednesday, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers acknowledged that shooting from the hip and going off half-cocked while making spiteful comments regarding Tony Kornheiser and other ESPN analysts was probably not the best idea, although in doing so, he never came out and admitted what he said was not true.
Discussing the controversy with the Packers Blog of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel (via The Huddle), Rodgers had this to say regarding his ESPN NFL Analyst Impromptu Celebrity Roast earlier this week:
“Unfortunately the message of really in jest talking about that, it was probably inappropriate for that setting and I didn’t mean to offend anybody personally.
“I have a lot of respect for those guys and what they do. It’s something that I know is more difficult than it looks at times and I meant no personal disrespect to anybody and I apologize if any of them took offense to what I said. Unfortunately the translation is often lost when it’s on radio, not on TV.
“I regret that it was an inappropriate setting, I think, for those comments.”
Uh oh, Guglielmo Marconi is probably rolling over in his grave over what Rodgers said there. And what in the hell does Rodgers even mean when he says the “translation is often lost when it’s on radio, not on TV”? How would have seeing him make the comments instead of simply hearing them have changed their meaning? While he was making the statements, did he have his fingers crossed behind his back or something and if we only had seen that, we would have known he was merely speaking in generalities – kidding even – and not completely hammering on Kornheiser and his colleagues? Does this mean that a blind person would never be capable of understanding the true meaning behind anything that Rodgers says?
Well, I got news for Rodgers: the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990 precludes him from discriminating against a blind person. He better clean up his act and better learn how to articulate what the intended meaning behind his words is only through, you know, his actual words. Further, he should probably learn sign language, too.
But what to do about his halfhearted, lukewarm non-apology? Should Kornheiser, Jaworski and the rest of the ESPN wonks reluctantly accept it? I say no. In my opinion, the only thing that will settle this mess once and for all is Rodgers should have to engage each and every person he insulted in a no-holds-barred Feats of Strength battle royal. A donation to the Human Fund in ESPN”s name probably wouldn’t hurt, either.
What’s that? You need yet another lame-ass Seinfeld reference? Won’t happen. Do you want to know why? Because these pretzels are making me thirsty, that’s why!
Rodgers apologizes for way TV comments were delivered [Packers Blog (via The Huddle)]
(previously at the Sportress: Aaron Rodgers Has Got No Love For Tony Kornheiser, Other ESPN Analysts)