Aaron Rodgers. (Getty Images Sport)
Chris Chase, USA TODAY Sports
Even though the news cycle had long passed, Aaron Rodgers is still complaining about his 60 Minutes profile. Now, the venerable news program is fighting back.
Rodgers took issue with the editing of the Nov. 4 piece last week, claiming it didn't show enough of his charity work. The biggest takeaway from the piece was that Rodgers can be too sensitive, as evidenced by a clip in which he scolded a man for talking about his height. Interviews with teammates Greg Jennings and Clay Matthews continued that narrative, albeit in a teasing way.
Then, in a talk with Detroit reporters on Wednesday, the Green Bay Packers quarterback suggested that the show was "cut for their purposes [and] agenda" and insinuated that his quotes had been taken out of context.
60 Minutes responded on Thursday.
"Aaron Rodgers was never taken out of context and most anybody portrayed as he was on 60 Minutes would have been flattered by the story," said Jeff Fager, executive producer of 60 Minutes said in a statement. "It was fair and accurate and it was obvious we got it right when we reported that he tends to be overly sensitive."
Overly sensitive! BURN. Oh, this is going to lead to such bad blood the next time the Packers take the field against Morley Safer and Lesley Stahl.
Rodgers' recent complaint was about comments he made regarding NFL bounties and headhunting. The quarterback suggested the excerpt aired by 60 Minutes, in which he hinted that the Detroit Lions play dirty, was taken out of context. The program released the full transcript, which contradicted Rodgers' assertion.
If anything, the takeaway from the 60 Minutes piece is that Rodgers keeps it too real and is naive about the ways of the media. He expected 60 Minutes to lionize him by showing his work with charity. Instead, the show produced a compelling, fair and, overall complimentary segment. The sensitivity stuff was embarrassing, sure, but when you show thin skin to a fan and cameras are following, what do you expect?
It's a television show on a network that doesn't often need access to him. If he wanted a puff piece, get followed by E:60.
He needs to relax a bit and let it go. If the worst thing you can say about an NFL player is that he's sensitive about his height, America will view that as a win. I think it humanizes him a bit.
Rodgers tiff with the media has continued this week. In talks with Green Bay reporters, he's declined to discuss speculation that he's engaged. Internet reports say he his girlfriend, Destiny Newton, has been seen wearing a sizable ring on her appropriate finger.