‘Enough is Enough’- Stephen A. Smith Lashes Out Over Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers Trade Saga

Published 07/21/2021, 9:03 AM EDT
Sep 20, 2020; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) talks with head coach Matt LaFleur during the third quarter of the game against the Detroit Lions at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports


The Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers trade saga took yet another turn on Tuesday. As per NFL insider Adam Schefter, the Packers’ star QB rejected a massive two-year contract extension which would’ve made him the highest-paid player in the league.

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A report which solidifies the belief that for Rodgers isn’t holding out for the money. And it’s not that the QB wants to leave the franchise because of their recent performances.

The Packers were one win away in their previous two campaigns from reaching the Super Bowl. So it’s definitely not about football either. 

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The problem runs deeper than that. While Rodgers is yet to say why he wishes to leave, the writing is clearly on the wall. Aaron Rodgers is done dealing with the Green Bay Packers front office. 

For years reports have done rounds of Aaron Rodgers being set aside by the Packers front office. And perhaps the biggest disservice they did towards the QB was drafting his replacement in 2020 without informing him. 

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Even still, many felt that it was about the money. It was about the football the Packers played. Well, NFL analyst Stephen A. Smith had something to say to them. 

Aaron Rodgers is done with the Green Bay Packers front office 

During a segment of First Take, Stephen A. Smith weighed in about the recent report Schefter. And in trademark Stephen A. Smith fashion, the analyst went on quite a rant.  

“I saw this breaking news from the Adam Schefter and I was utterly disgusted. And it was not just at the Green Bay Packers. It’s at all of these NFL aficionados. All the people that have been connected with the National Football League,” said Smith.

The reason for Smith’s indignation? The thought process of some that believed that Aaron Rodgers is not happy because of the money and football.

Sep 27, 2020; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) looks to pass against the New Orleans Saints during the second quarter at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports 

“It’s not about football. It’s not just about the money. The Green Bay Packers went to back to back NFC Championship games… What idiot out there would possibly think this is football. This is not about football,” he said.

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“This is about the way that the Green Bay Packers have treated their star player. They have disregarded him, dismissed him, minimized him and disrespected him. And he said bump y’all, enough is enough,” he added.

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The reason for Aaron Rodgers wanting to leave is now laid bare. It’s his fractured relationship with the Green Bay Packers front office.  

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So despite their best efforts, the Packers are likely to have a hard time trying to convince Aaron Rodgers to return to Lambeau Field. 

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Shivayan Roy

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Shivayan Roy is currently an NFL writer at EssentiallySports. After completing his Masters Diploma in Journalism from the Asian College of Journalism, Roy functioned as a reporter for Goal.com and extensively covered the FIFA U-17 World Cup.

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