Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is scheduled to begin his “darkness retreat” later this week.
But NFL.com insider Ian Rapoport had previously reported that Rodgers would begin the darkness retreat on Monday. That made for surprising television on Tuesday when Rodgers appeared on The Pat McAfee Show to discuss how he handles media reporting. He specifically took aim at Rapoport and Adam Schefter, ESPN’s NFL insider.
“There’s an inner circle and in my inner circle, nobody talks to Ian Rapoport or Adam Schefter or to any of those people,” Rodgers said told McAfee. “Just stop with the fake news.
“I have no problem with Ian Rapoport, Schefter. I think they’re really good at their jobs,” Rodgers continued. “When it comes to me, they don’t know sh*t. They really don’t. They don’t have people in my inner circle who are sources, I can promise you that. And anybody who would talk to them is not in my inner circle. It’s that simple.”
Rodgers then doubled down on Rapoport’s “bullshit” report.
“How many f*cking narratives can come from one show where they didn’t even actually listen to what I said,” Rodgers said. “And again, nothing against Rapoport, but he doesn’t have anybody who knows legitimately what’s going on in my life. So for him to say something, ‘Monday through Thursday I was supposed to be in there,’ that was never the plan. It hasn’t been the plan for four months. So don’t make sh*t up. I don’t have your number, you’re not gonna have my number, you do a great job, but not when it comes to my life, so stop talking about it.”
The NFL world was quick to react to Rodgers’ latest media appearance:
I thought he didn’t care what people said about him? 🤷♂️ seems awfully sensitive https://t.co/yjAFOC0Mf8
— HotBoySoup (@HotBoySoup) February 14, 2023
Picture of me looking for Aaron Rodgers. Now I find out the retreat has not started yet! pic.twitter.com/pPlYfwNXpf
— Brian Costello (@BrianCoz) February 14, 2023
Lol what a baby https://t.co/ZEtEhmU9Ng
— NT (@NT9125) February 14, 2023
So the "fake news" is they got the day wrong for when he's starting his whacked out 4days of darkness crap? THAT'S what upset him so much?!?!
Dude is pure drama…
— Jamie here (@subman697) February 14, 2023
Aaron Rodgers upon realizing he may end up with the Las Vegas Raiders during his "darkness retreat." pic.twitter.com/RhcUBROI9h
— Brent Sobleski (@brentsobleski) February 14, 2023
Among the topics covered today by Aaron Rodgers & Pat McAfee: Darkness retreats, Ghislaine Maxwell, Chinese spy balloons, inside sources, fear of heights, fear of sharks, Richard Gere, Barbara Streisand, veganism, and sleeping habits. Still no football decisions yet.
— Doug Russell (@DougRussell) February 14, 2023
Rapoport and Schefter did not immediately comment on Rodgers’ latest salvo.