Another day, another Aaron Rodgers press conference that sparks some controversy. The Green Bay Packers quarterback met the media for his weekly official press conference before the last game of the season. It can be said that Aaron’s unofficial weekly press meetings happen on Tuesday on the Pat McAfee show.
This particular press meeting was noteworthy because it came virtually 24 hours after veteran Chicago based sports writer, and MVP voter, Hub Arkush, revealed he wouldn’t be voting for Rodgers to get the award this season. Arkush’s arguments to justify the fact that he wouldn’t be voting for Rodgers this year had nothing to do with the quarterback’s play on the field. In fact, the sportswriter mentioned that he made up his mind about not voting for Rodgers long ago.
Hub Arkush’s Initial Comments About Rodgers
If you just listen to Aaron Rodgers’ press conference today without the proper context he may come across is quite a bit out of line. Particularly, since the first words out of Rodgers’ mouth when asked about Arkush were, “He’s a bum”. To stick with the Rocky reference, we’d have to point out that the gloves were off way before Rodgers got asked about this incident. Hub Arkush didn’t hold back at all on his criticism of the Green Bay Packers quarterback. Saying on local radio in Chicago,
“I don’t think you can be the biggest jerk in the league and punish your team, and your organization and your fan base the way he did and be the Most Valuable Player,”
Aaron Rodgers Retaliated Swiftly
When Aaron Rodgers strolled into his weekly press conference he potentially knew what was coming. Later he’d reveal that in fact he had listened to the comments that Arkush had made about him. He had some words to say about Arkush as well. Making it clear in the process that he had never met Arkush, and saying that he wasn’t even fully aware of who he was. Rodgers mentioned,
” I think he’s a bum, I think he’s an absolute bum. He doesn’t know me, I don’t know who he is. No one knew who he was probably until yesterday’s comments” Rodgers would go on to admit that he’d listen to the comments, and then add, “His problem isn’t with me being a bad guy or the biggest jerk in the league, because he doesn’t know me … His problem is I’m not vaccinated.”
Aaron Rodgers fires back at Hub Arkush, who said yesterday he won't vote Rodgers for MVP: I think he’s a bum. An absolute bum. … His problem is I’m not vaccinated…. Maybe just for this season make it the Most Vaccinated Player."pic.twitter.com/Y3oh6PKz1n
— Ari Meirov (@MySportsUpdate) January 5, 2022
The Criteria For MVP Voting Has Come Into Question
In his presser Aaron Rodgers would jokingly go on to say that they should change the criteria for MVP to include another “V”. Making it “most valuable vaccinated player” for this year. It was actually Arkush who revealed that there were no set criteria for whom the voters could pick for the award. With that being the case, him not picking Rodgers as the award winner is essentially justified. Arkush though is part of a select group of 50 people who decide the winner of the prestigious award. Although his comments on Rodgers may get him stripped of his privileges for upcoming seasons.