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Aaron Rodgers responds to Bleacher Report article, calls it “smear attack”

In his first public interview since an article detailing alleged dysfunction between Aaron Rodgers, Mike McCarthy and the Packers, Rodgers didn’t hold back in his criticism of what was written.

Talking with Jason Wilden and Mark Tauscher of the radio program Wilde and Tausch, Rodgers said the article was a “smear” job.

“This was a smear attack by a writer looking to advance his career, talking with mostly irrelevant, bitter players who all have an agenda…or just trying to stir old stuff up,” Rodgers said.

In the article written by Tyler Dunne, he claimed Packers President Mark Murphy called Rodgers and told him “don’t be the problem.”

Rodgers said that claim was totally false, and he also claims Murphy agreed with that claim.

He also claims he didn’t hold a grudge against former head coach Mike McCarthy, as was reported.

He did admit the two had issues, but they also moved forward together.

“My favor that I would ask of you, strongly, is if you see Mike, shake his hand. Tell him thanks for the memories. Tell him thanks for the coaching job that he did. Tell him how much you appreciate him being a part of what we built here,” Rodgers said.

He did express regret for his response after the Bills game this past season, when Rodgers was critical of the play calling.

“I wish I hadn’t said anything after the Bills game last year. I wish I’d just gone to him in person. I wasn’t trying to be disrespectful to him, but I know that’s how it came off,” Rodgers said.

“It’s just two alpha males who are hyper competitive and love winning, who are both a little stubborn,” he added.

But he defended the relationship he had with his former coach.

“I love Mike McCarthy. He’s a great man, he has a huge heart. He cares about his players, and he really showed that to us,” Rodgers said.

Rodgers also said it bugged him that every time there’s a negative article about him, it’s always Jermichael Finley and Greg Jennings that are quoted.

The full interview is slated to air Tuesday morning on ESPN Milwaukee and ESPN Madison radio.

Brad Hanson

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