Tone deaf Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers still does not get it.
The NFL superstar received monster backlash from fans last week after he asked fans to interlock their arms during the National Anthem, in a sign of unity with the team, and fans were not happy.
Many took to social media to express their anger, with some burning their team gear.
Rodgers made an attempt prior to Thursday’s game to help public relations by giving tickets to the game to police officers, but the fans still were not having it.
During the game, many fans in the stadium denied Rodgers request, holding their hands over their hearts or saluting during them anthem.
Rodgers whined after the game that some fans heckled him as the anthem played.
“What’s disrespectful to the anthem?” he asked at a postgame press conference. “Yelling things during it or standing at attention with arms locked facing the flag?”
NFL ticket sales were 17 percent lower this week than the previous week, according to Inside Edition, and the ratings continue to slide.
But Rodgers is continuing to push his message and he’s becoming the new face of the protest movement in the NFL.
In his postgame press conference on Thursday, Rodgers went on to take not so veiled swipes at President Donald Trump for his opposition to the protests.
“As much as some people want us to just shut up and play football,” he said, blatantly shading the president. “Sports and politics have always intersected.”
“It’s never been about the national anthem, it’s never been about the military,” he said as he insisted he and his teammates were “all patriotic.”
“This is about something bigger than that: an invitation to show unity in the face of some divisiveness from the top in this country,” he said.
Perhaps he needs to listen to team shareholder and Air Force veteran Steven Tiefenthaler who has had it with Rodgers and his teammates.
“I am so ashamed of and appalled by the ignorance of any NFL player who would dare disgrace our Stars and Stripes or the memory of hundreds of thousands of fallen U.S. heroes who paid with their lives so that we may live free,” he told the GreenBay Press-Gazette.
“My allegiance to our American flag and to our national anthem will always stand far above any loyalty to the NFL or to the Green Bay Packers organization,” he added.
What Rodgers and his NFL millionaire friends don’t get is that they are causing the divisiveness.
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