Aaron Rodgers‘s recent comments about his Christian upbringing did not sit well with his estranged family… in fact, they sound super pissed.
The Green Bay Packers Quarterback sat down with his girlfriend, Danica Patrick for a deep conversation about religion for her podcast, “Pretty Intense.” Many devout Christians were shocked by his controversial statements about God, specifically his family, a source told PEOPLE.
“They were dismayed,” PEOPLE‘s source said. “The family is very dedicated to their Christian faith.”
The source continued, “To them, his comments are basically a slap in the face to the fundamentals of who they are. It’s basically him turning his back on everything they have taught him.”
Rodgers filmed his intimate talk about religion for Patrick’s podcast back in late December 2019. Danica shared a short clip of their lengthy discussion on her YouTube page where Aaron talked about not connecting with his Christian upbringing.
“Most people that I knew, church was just… you just had to go,” Aaron explained.
“I just didn’t find any connection points with those things,” the quarterback said. “I started questioning things, and had friends who had other beliefs — I enjoyed learning, that’s kind of a part of my life.”
Rodgers attended college at the University of California, Berkeley and he credits his time away at school with changing the way he thinks about religion and spirituality.
“I had some good friendships along the way that helped me to figure out exactly what I wanted to believe in,” Rodgers said. “Ultimately, it was that rules and regulations and binary systems don’t really resonate with me.”
“I don’t know how you can believe in a God who wants to condemn most of the planet to a fiery hell,” he said. “What type of loving, sensitive, omnipresent, omnipotent being wants to condemn his beautiful creation to a fiery hell at the end of all this?”
Rodgers feud with his family and his “Bachelorette” star brother, Jordan Rodgers has been going on for years but PEOPLE‘s source conveyed that his comments only furthered the divide between them. Aaron has never publicly spoken about the family rift but religion is allegedly a big part of it.
“The feeling is that Aaron has really turned his back on them,” the source claimed. “There’s clearly a lot more to it, but that’s how he is perceived by his family.”
“They have these times where things start to thaw out, but then something like this happens, and then it’s back to square one. It’s sad.”