Aaron Rodgers on Skip Bayless: “He Just Says Things for Shock Value”
Skip Bayless is like a Kardashian.
Most people know what his game is, but they watch anyway while complaining. In the interim Bayless gets rich off basically being ESPN’s version of Howard Stern.
I don’t have a problem with it because I see it for what it is. Apparently so does Green Bay Packers Quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
Brett Favre is yesterday’s news in Wisconsin. The guy who makes Rodgers’ skin crawl is — drumroll, please — ESPN commentator Skip Bayless.
Rodgers revealed this during his weekly radio show on 540 ESPN. Jason Wilde, the Packers reporter at ESPNMilwaukee.com and co-host of the show, asked “How do you deal with people who told you that you weren’t good enough coming out of Cal, but now think you’re really good?”
As usual, Rodgers didn’t pull punches with his response.
“I just think it just goes to the point that you can’t take a whole lot of what those people say too personally because they’re shock experts on ESPN and NFL Network. A lot of them are just going for the shock value of what they’re saying, as is typified by that guy on ESPN, I don’t want to even say his name. He works for “First Take.”
“All he does is say things that are so ridiculous just for the shock value. So everybody who was saying stuff about our team this offseason about not getting together for workouts, there hasn’t been a lot of talk about that. The different people who said stuff about whatever player they are talking about over the years, I think sometimes people forget about the human element to our story.” “We take stuff personally at times. We get upset if somebody says something real negative about us, but more than that, our families do, our friends do, and they feel like they need to tell you. So, I think that stuff just reminds you that you can’t take yourself too seriously, and you can’t take the pundits too seriously.”
You can tell Rodgers is still carrying that Brett Favre chip on his shoulder.
If you are an athlete doesn’t matter if it is Skip Bayless, me or anyone in the media you can’t let it get to you. The media has a job to do and some do it fairly while others do it for entertainment.
Either way the best way to shut up a critic is on the field and that is how Rodgers has quieted Bayless.