- Aaron Rodgers will miss Sunday’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs.
- Rodgers went on The Pat McAfee show on Friday to share his perspective of how this happened.
- During the interview, Rodgers quoted Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and fans were none too pleased.
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has sent shockwaves through the sports community following his bizarre appearance on The Pat McAfee Show, which saw the 37-year-old defending NFL MVP attempt to explain his decision to mislead the public in regards to the NFL’s health and safety protocols. One comment in particular — in which Rodgers quoted the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. — has caught the attention of NFL fans.
During his lengthy and bizarre appearance on Friday’s episode of The Pat McAfee Show, Rodgers — in addition to tossing around phrases like “woke mob” and “cancel culture” and saying that he “consulted” with Joe Rogan — cited MLK Jr. as one of his reasons to lie about his vaccine status to both the league and the public.
“The great MLK said, ‘You have a moral obligation to object to unjust rules and rules that make no sense,'” Rodgers told McAfee.
NFL fans were quick to pounce on Rodgers for equating his stance on the NFL’s rule to MLK’s fight against segregation, discrimination, and racism.
Martin Luther King said this in his letter from the Birmingham jail in regards to laws about SEGREGATION.
Can’t use this quote to push this agenda.
(And MLK said laws. And I also do not think he ever said “rules that make no sense”) https://t.co/vsry98ALZj
— Taylor Rooks (@TaylorRooks) November 5, 2021
I hate the "athletes are dumb" stereotype just as much as the next guy but when you have grown ass men taking MLKs quotes out of context as a way to justify being stupid then maybe the stereotype bears some truth. https://t.co/hm4iLcmktF
— SSJ4ELI/Coulda Been Records PR (@SSJ4Eli) November 5, 2021
it’s 2021 and we’ve somehow reached the episode where antivaxxers quote Martin Luther King https://t.co/p9X7D4y6Vg
— Published Author (@Ter0me) November 5, 2021
— America Is Musty (@DragonflyJonez) November 5, 2021
— Unfiltered🪓Ray (@AssholeRay27) November 5, 2021
Powerful. Reminds me of how the marches in Selma began after MLK got some advice from Joe Rogan https://t.co/3Aj5QgE0R2
— sreekar (@sreekyshooter) November 5, 2021
NO – Man did not quote MLK
That's wild https://t.co/gt71bWdRK1
— Matt Vereen (@MattVereen) November 5, 2021
Rodgers played a trap card wtf “no way they disagree with MLK” 🤣🤣🤣 https://t.co/6Sxua1Kc4D
— yes (@itsBurg) November 5, 2021
Dr. King was talking about Jim Crow. What the fuck are you talking about, Aaron? https://t.co/t6B52NdXJN
— TexansATX (@TexansAtx) November 5, 2021
Regardless of how you feel about Rodgers and his decision-making in recent weeks and months, it’s undeniable that his Pat McAfee Show interview has made the conversation currently surrounding him even more intense, with his latest comments unequivocally shining a brighter light on both him and the NFL.
The Packers, who are in first place in the NFC North with a 7-1 record, will take on Patrick Mahomes and the 4-4 Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday at 4:25 p.m. Second-year quarterback Jordan Love will start in place of Rodgers.