Aaron Rodgers lashes out at MVP voter over anti-vaccine snub: ‘He’s a bum’
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers lashed out Wednesday at a journalist who said he wouldn’t cast an MVP vote for Rodgers due to his anti-vaccine stance.
“I think he’s a bum,” Rodgers said of MVP voter Hub Arkush, the editor of ChicagoFootball.com. “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.”
“I listened to his comments, but to say he had his mind made up in the summertime, in the offseason, that I had zero chance of winning MVP, in my opinion, should exclude future votes,” the star quarterback added at a press conference.
“If he wants to go on a crusade and collude and come up with an extra letter to put on the award just for the season and make it the Most Valuable Vaccinated Player, then he should do that,” Rodgers said.
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
Arkush, a longtime Chicago Bears analyst and columnist, said in a radio appearance on 670 The Score in Chicago on Tuesday that he wouldn’t vote for the star quarterback due to his refusal to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
“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,” Arkush told the hosts.
“Has he been the most valuable on the field? Yeah, you could make that argument, but I don’t think he is clearly that much more valuable than Jonathan Taylor or Cooper Kupp or maybe even Tom Brady,” he added.
On Wednesday, Arkush said he made a “big mistake” sharing his thoughts on his MVP vote.
“It doesn’t really have much to do with Aaron Rodgers. Being one of the 50 selectors in the AP poll is a real honor and privilege, and I was pleasantly surprised when they asked me to join,” Arkush told 670 The Score.
“The only thing they really ask us is not to tell people who we voted for until the award is presented — and what they really mean is just don’t talk about it,” he added.
Rodgers, a three-time league MVP, became the center of controversy in the league earlier this season for misleading the public about his COVID-19 vaccination status, telling the media during training camp that he is “immunized” against the virus even though he refused to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
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