Agent Blake Baratz, who represents Green Bay Packers players Jermichael Finley and Desmond Bishop, was critical of Aaron Rodgers’ leadership style during a Twitter rant ripping Jay Cutler.
On Thursday, Rodgers and his teammates fired back.
“It’s silly,” Rodgers said. “I think I made it a point most of my career not to comment on people's opinion’s outside of the facility. It’s the same thing if someone down at the Five Guys (hamburger shop) said something about me because he didn’t like the way I was tipping and accused me of something. It’s just people who aren’t in the locker room making comments. There’s no point in having a reaction to it. I don’t have a reaction to it. It’s not an issue.”
Coach Mike McCarthy called Baratz’s criticism “ignorant comments” made on social media.
“This is not a locker room issue in my view,” he said. “We spend a lot of time talking about the culture and more importantly what goes on with the health in our locker room. I feel strongly that we have a very healthy locker room. So, that’s something that hasn’t been discussed.”
Rodgers said he saw no reason to talk things over with Finley since the comments weren’t made by his tight end.
“He’s the leader of this team. He’s the man,” Finley said. “I respect him as a player. Outside of the locker room, I’m a fan of Aaron Rodgers. We’re all good.”
The rest of Rodgers’ teammates took up the quarterback’s defense, as well.
“He’s a great leader,” receiver Jordy Nelson said. “It’s something that I don’t think anyone in this locker room is worried about. We know who the leader in this room is, especially on offense. He’s the guy that’s going to lead us to where we go, on and off the field. He knows the offense inside and out. He knows what he wants and he’s going to held everyone accountable, just like we’re going to hold him accountable. It’s definitely a two-way street around here. We know he’s the guy.”
Nose tackle B.J. Raji said it wasn’t a distraction because it was an outsider’s opinion, no different if it came from a fan or a member of the media.
“Obviously, it wasn’t the smartest thing (Baratz) could have said,” Raji said. “Some things are better left unsaid. Especially with an opinion like that and no facts about it, you’re better off not saying anything.”
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