The world got a glimpse into the private life of Aaron Rodgers when his brother, Jordan, revealed on the hit TV show “The Bachelorette” that the five-time Pro Bowler no longer has a relationship with his family.
Now, thanks to a Bleacher Report story profiling the star quarterback’s personality on and off the field, fans can peek even further behind the curtain and judge for themselves just how strained the relationship actually is.
Tyler Dunne, who covered the Green Bay Packers for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel for several seasons, spoke to a person “who was close to Rodgers for years but is among the many who have since been cut off by Rodgers entirely.”
His source shared with Dunne a number of eye-opening details, including that immediate family members aren’t welcome by Rodgers in Green Bay, don’t have his cell phone number and haven’t even spoken with him since December 2014. After receiving Christmas gifts from his mother and father intended for him and his girlfriend, actress Olivia Munn, Rodgers reportedly returned them two months later. The day before the wedding of a very close friend, Rodgers texted that he couldn’t make it. He also reportedly fired a business manager he had known since high school and did not attend the funeral of his grandfather whom he used to call before every game.
Dunne’s source goes on to attribute Rodgers’ performance this season to his strained relationship with his family.
“There’s no explanation for him playing any worse,” the source told Bleacher Report. “People are trying to figure it out. He’s a f—ing head case. He knows he’s doing the wrong thing, and he’s so arrogant and prideful that he thinks he can separate his personal life from his professional life, even though all of us know that’s impossible. You can’t do that. You can do that in little spurts, like when Brett Favre went out and played amazingly when he loses his Dad. But when you’re talking about real situations that aren’t all of a sudden circumstantial and you f— over good people, people you’re supposed to love, it’s a s—ty thing to do and you’re going to get humbled.”
“You can’t live like that, man,” the source said. “The people who live like that end up getting f—-d over. That’s kind of what’s happening here, but he’s so prideful and will never admit he’s wrong. Ever.”
Though he has seven more games to turn his season around, Rodgers is performing at career-low levels. He currently has his second-lowest completion percentage (63.1 percent), lowest yards-per-completion percentage (6.53) and third-lowest quarterback rating (93.9) since becoming a full-time starter in 2008. As an offense, the Packers (4-5) currently rank 13th in DVOA, according to Football Outsiders.
Jermichael Finley, the former Green Bay tight end and Rodgers’s teammate from 2008 to 2013, discussed their strained relationship and the quarterback’s leadership ability with Dunne.
“In my opinion, he’s a different guy,” Finley said. “I didn’t really know how he showed his leadership. He wasn’t a vocal guy. He really wasn’t a hands-on guy. To tell you the truth, it was all about his game and his stats in my opinion. … He was a guy that kept it all in. He kept grudges close to his chest. If you did something, he never really let it go. He always kept it close to his heart.”
Jordan Rodgers broke the news to his television love interest JoJo Fletcher on the program that he doesn’t have a relationship with the Packers’ quarterback.
“I have a great relationship with my brother Luke,” the younger Rodgers said. “Me and Aaron don’t really have that much of a relationship. It’s just kind of the way he’s chosen to do life.”
When Jordan took Fletcher to visit his hometown of Chico, Calif. and meet his family (with Aaron absent), he admitted how much he missed his brother.
“It pains both of us, like, not to have that relationship,” the oldest Rodgers brother, Luke, said. “We miss our brother. We just are trusting that God brings things full circle … it’s a wish that everything would just get back to, you know, us being a family.”
When the two-time NFL MVP has been asked to discuss his familial situation, he declined to elaborate.
“As far as those kinds of things go, I’ve always found that it’s a little inappropriate to talk publicly about some family matters, so I’m just — I’m not going to speak on those things, but I wish him well in the competition,” the elder Rodgers said in July when asked about Jordan’s status on the hit reality show.