Back in June, NFL fans who don’t typically watch or even care about The Bachelorette were drawn into Jordan Rodgers’ quest to win JoJo Fletcher’s heart because of a juicy revelation he made on Katie Nolan’s Garbage Time podcast. Jordan is the brother of Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, and he admitted that they have a “complicated” relationship. What did that mean? No one really knew, but it sounded contentious, and Aaron didn’t help matters a month later when he told WISN “it’s a little inappropriate to talk publicly about some family matters.”
On Friday, Bleacher Report NFL Features Writer Tyler Dunne pumped new life into this strange, dramatic mess, as he looked deep inside what makes Aaron tick as a leader. He spoke with current and formers teammates about the QB’s leadership qualities, and some obviously praised him, while former Packers tight end Jermichael Finley held nothing back, saying Aaron “wasn’t put on Earth to lead.” But it’s someone allegedly closer to Aaron who drops the biggest gossip bomb, as this source, “who was close to Rodgers for years but is among the many who have since been cut off by Rodgers entirely,” claims Aaron has completely cut off his family, and hasn’t even talked to his parents since 2014.
The accusations are pretty sh*tty.
When Mom and Dad sent Christmas presents to the quarterback and his girlfriend that year, the source said, those gifts were mailed back in February. He was set to be the groomsman in the wedding of one of his closest friends, the source said, and texted the day before he couldn’t attend.
He didn’t attend his grandfather’s funeral—the same grandfather he once called before every game.
He fired a business manager he’s known since high school.
The family was told they were no longer welcome in Green Bay. If Dad wants to attend a game now, he buys tickets on StubHub or goes through another player’s family. (Via Bleacher Report)
This “source” also claims that Aaron is a “f*cking head case,” and that is the reason why he seems so “human” on the field this season, as opposed to the “superhuman” QB that he’s been in the past.
“He completely, abruptly, 360 degrees changed into somebody else,” the source said. “Think about it: He put himself on an island where he has no family. And you wonder why the dude can’t do his job like he used to.”
Aaron has no voice in the feature, but obviously his current teammates “shun the theory” that family drama is destroying their QB. To them, he’s the goofy dude in the latest State Farm commercial, giving that laughably unrealistic locker room pep talk before throwing a golf club through his window in an attempt to kill a house fly.
Still, these accusations line up well with previous grain-of-salt reports of why Aaron cut off his family. In August, Us Weekly wrote that a “family insider” put all the blame on Aaron’s girlfriend: Olivia Munn. She “has a strong personality and every meeting she has had with them has gone badly,” the “insider” told the tabloid, while a “show insider” backed it up with this confusing blurb: “The family says Aaron stopped talking to them. While Aaron says they don’t talk because his family doesn’t like Olivia.”
The solution to this ridiculous mess? Hard Knocks: Rodgers Family Reunion.