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Aaron Rodgers On NFL Statement Concerning Last Night’s Blown Call: “I Call Bull”

On his weekly radio spot today for ESPN Milwaukee, “The Aaron Rodgers Show,” Aaron Rodgers let the NFL have it. Fed up with replacement refs, especially in light of last night’s non-simulataneous catch/missed pass interference call, Rodgers lit into the NFL and the NFL’s statement concerning last night. There was no begrudging indifference, nothing. Just unadulterated honesty.

Here are some of the more interesting things he had to say, via ESPN NFC North blogger Kevin Seifert.

“I gotta do something that the NFL’s not gonna do – and I have to apologize to the fans. Our sport, the multi-billion dollar machine, is generated by people who pay good money to come watch us play, and the product that’s on the field is not being complimented by an appropriate set of officials. The games are getting out of control, and, like I said in the first week, I said this: I’m okay with replacement refs as long as they don’t have a direct impact on the game. [...} The game is being tarnished by an NFL who obviously cares more about saving some money than having the integrity of the game diminished a little bit.

Let's remember who we're dealing with. We're dealing with an NFL who locked out the players, and said, 'we're gonna stand firm in our position.' [...] This is an NFL who gambled on some low level referees, including the guy who makes the most important call last night, whose never had any professional experience. These aren’t SEC refs, who’ve been around NFL guys, multiple NFL guys on every team and the speed of the game.”

Rodgers then goes on to read the NFL’s statement from earlier today concerning the incident, but interrupts his own reading with some rather harsh words:

“‘When the players hit the ground in the end zone, the officials determined that both Tate and Jennings had possession of the ball.’ I call bull on that. Because they say ‘officials.’ No. There was zero communication between ‘em. There was zero communication between the guy who was responsible for the 1st and 25 phantom pass interference call on Sam Shields and the other referee who was responsible for calling a offsetting personal foul against Greg Jennings for one-hand pushing Brandon Browner who had just punched him and thrown him to the ground. So those two guys have zero communication, zero eye contact. One of them is signaling over his head, meaning clock stopped, game’s over, I’m about to signal touchback. And the other, from who knows what angle as he’s looking at M.D. [Jennings] on top of Golden Tate, and he’s gonna say that that’s a catch by the receiver, while M.D. has the ball to his chest, which is also usually the association with the simultaneous possession rule, which is who has the ball on their chest first? And as the rule reads, which we’ve all probably read it at some point in the last 24 hours, simultaneous possession does not exist when one person has the ball first, and the other player tries to put his hands on top of the ball, which is obviously what happened in that situation. Everybody saw it, you saw the replay.

Rodgers continues his rant for a while, including statements such as “that’s garbage” and “they’re still covering their butts here,” and “that’s embarrassing.” It’s quite the compelling listen, if you’ve got seven minutes to spare.

For the podcast of his entire show, click here.

[Kevin Seifert]

Photo via Getty

  • http://www.facebook.com/robert.dilley.9 Robert Dilley

    All I can say is you get what you pay for and the NFL is paying for the worst officiating ever.

  • http://twitter.com/kit9 rachel white

    You really have to listen to it…his sarcasm doesn’t come across in just reading it.

  • NFL

    Sounds like AT&T!!!!!! No matter how many billions you make, it’s never enough!

  • Jack Anderson

    How about a do-over. Let’s get real referees and start the season over with game 1. Pay the players a 3/16 bonus for the extended pre-season. How can the NFL talk about the “integrity of the game” and “player protection” and then bring unqualified refs to the game?

  • PosterBoi

    You go Aaron. Look out for a fine, but you’re absolutely right. I think the NFL commissioner should be fired and either go with what you see on the review, or don’t review it at all. There should be an arbitration board of at least 8 people and their decision should stand over that of the commissioner. I had a bet on that game; yeah real money and you know what? When I pulled out my money to give it to the guy I bet with, he said, “Keep it, your team (Packers) won that game, no matter what the NFL says”. My level of respect for him went skyward. I kept it and said, “Thanks, and you’re right; the Packers did win that game”.

  • Capt Mike

    Unbelievable, lets just keep whining. First we were thinking about striking. Then taking a knee every play. Get over yourselves. It is just a game. Do you remember when it was played for fun. You get paid Millions of dollars to play a game. Stop already, you are not 2 years old. And I pay hard earned money to watch you prima donnas play a GAME. Wake up.

  • alan wrench

    amen cap the salarys. play real ball

  • James

    That’d be complete and utter bullshit to the players and the teams who’ve busted their asses to get where they are at now respectively. How do you think the Cardinals would feel after beating Seattle, New England, and whooping Philly, just to be told it doesn’t count…

  • kmtswift

    NFL blew this game and everyone on the planet knows green bay won this game. down the line when theyre in the playoff race, think about this horrible call. thank god these of crap are gone for good. It’s better for the NFL, the fans, and the replacements themselves.



  • Samson

    I’m not trying to argue the point of what was called was correct or not. But I do recall back in 2005 when the Seattle Seahawks lost a super bowl with some controversial calls. And 90% of the non seahawks fan base pointed the fingers saying we hawks fans were cry babies. Now again I am not arguing these refs are not horrible, because we all can clearly see the horrible officiating in MANY games not just this weeks MNF game. I agree with Rodgers on they are really impacting the game at this point, but its only week 4 now and to think one game marks how a whole season is going to pan out is ridiculous. I’ve seen more hype over this in 3 days than anything else. Hey about Jamaal Charles 200+ yards rushing this week? How bout a 40+ point shoot out between Detroit and Tennessee? Or Minnesota upsetting Frisco? I mean come on now there has got to be more to hype up in ” football” than what happened at the end of Monday night’s game.

  • Ric

    Should we ignore the 8 sacks and fact Packers scored a measly 12 points against a team they thought very little of going into game. Pack needs to look in mirror and admit they need to do better and get TD’s instead of FG’s. If Pack is as good as they have been this one game shouldn’t cost them, if they miss play offs it won’t be because of this one game it’ll be that they sucked this season. Time will tell.

  • whisperpandy

    GET RID OF THAT ASSHOLE, GOODELL !!! He obviously has a hardon for Green Bay !!! I say, “owners, DUMP that slimy turdball unless he reverses that chickenshit decision !!!

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