“Fame can change things”
The Rodgers Rogue Relatives™ are at it again. The last time I wrote about Aaron Rodgers, Olivia Munn and their family drama, I was calling out Aaron’s younger brother Jordan aka the winner of The Bachelorette season 1,453 for talking sh-t about my QB1 on reality television. He went rogue. Now, Aaron’s dad is the latest Rodgers relative to go public. In an interview with the New York Times, Ed Rodgers confirmed that his son Aaron is indeed estranged from the family and explained it with four words:
“Fame can change things.”
Damn. Shots fired, Ed. He also verified the timeline of the drama – it all fell apart for the Rodgers a couple months after Aaron started dating Olivia Munn. When I wrote about the rift in July, I didn’t like that Olivia Munn and her mythical evil vagina were blamed for the Rodgers family feud. I still don’t think this situation is as simple as Aaron abandoning his family because they didn’t like his girlfriend but the timing is suspect. It definitely looks like Olivia has at least something to do with the drama but that doesn’t mean she’s some horrible puppeteer. Maybe it was Aaron who decided to distance himself from his family after they had disparaging things to say about his significant other? Or maybe the Rodgers are super into Jesus and Aaron ain’t about that life anymore? Or maybe he disowned his entire family after they all agreed to appear on a reality dating competition?
The Times article also notes that Aaron keeps in touch with his college football coach and still has close ties to his hometown. See, he’s a good dude! As for the “fame can change things” accusation, it’s not like Aaron Rodgers is one of those athletes who seeks attention like, say, Rob Gronkowski of the Patriots. Unlike Gronk, Aaron is not guest starring on Family Guy or partying on yachts. Aside from dating an actress, there’s really nothing Hollywood about Aaron Rodgers. When you compare Aaron and Olivia to Russell Wilson and Ciara’s poems and social media PDA, they seem to keep their sh-t pretty private. There’s not a lot of evidence that Aaron is letting fame change him. He has refused to speak about the drama publicly and this is the statement a “close source” gave to PEOPLE:
“Aaron has never wanted want to air this out in a public forum. He’s going through great precautions not to make things worse… You’re not going to see him on Oprah crying about all of this. He will deal with his family issues privately.”
You know who would cry to Oprah about all of this? The little brother who actually does love fame. Yes, I still think Jordan Rodgers is a douchey Scott Eastwood knock-off who used a reality show to get a job calling college football games because he'll never be the best quarterback in the NFL like his big brother. Come at me, Brady fans. BUT Jordan is still engaged to JoJo the Bachelorette and conveniently, they post a lot pictures on social media with the Rodgers fam.
While stories come out that Aaron is returning Christmas presents from his family (if this is true, I have SO MANY QUESTIONS), Jordan is coming off as a loyal fiancé and a doting son who still goes skating with Mom & Dad. Whatever. At the end of the day, Aaron is probably on his way to another Super Bowl and Jordan and JoJo are just crossing their fingers for a TV wedding. So, which side of the family feud is winning?
Here's Aaron playing with the Green Bay Packers in Arlington, Texas the other day.
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