Aaron Rodgers’s longtime girlfriend, actress Olivia Munn, recently penned a thank-you note to Packers fans that she posted to her Instagram account. However, some wording in the note, as well as recent reports about the Green Bay quarterback, raise the question: Was Munn really sending a message to Rodgers’s family?
Over the summer, the participation of the Packers star’s younger brother, Jordan Rodgers, a former quarterback in his own right, on the reality-TV show “The Bachelorette” produced the revelation that Aaron Rodgers is estranged from his immediate family. During the NFC playoffs, more stories emerged about the tense situation, with one report claiming that it began when Rodgers started dating Munn in 2014.
In her note, written after the Packers’ loss to the Falcons in the NFC championship game, Munn said she was “so proud of this team,” which “faced a lot of adversity on and off the field.” She added, “THANK YOU to those who encouraged and supported them by choosing to put out only positive energy,” emphasizing the word “positive.”
It is entirely possible, of course, that Munn was alluding to the sort of criticism from fans that all teams receive over the course of a season, and Green Bay did overcome a 4-6 start to reach the playoffs. In addition, the 36-year-old actress took to Twitter in 2015 to decry reports, including one by The Post, about Packers fans blaming her for Rodgers’s on-field struggles at the time.
More recently, though, several reports have claimed that Munn is at the center of Rodgers’s problems with his family. Last week, Us Weekly cited a source who told the magazine, “Aaron is the one that has pulled away from the family, not the reverse. When he got together with Olivia Munn, his family told him they didn’t trust her and thought she wasn’t with him for the right reasons. That made him furious, and he ended up choosing Olivia over his family.”
That story refers to one a few days earlier by the New York Times, in which Ed Rodgers, the quarterback’s father, said, “Fame can change things.” He noted that he and Rodgers’s mother did not travel to Dallas to see their son play in a postseason game against the Cowboys, even though Jordan Rodgers had moved there after getting engaged to “Bachelorette” star JoJo Fletcher.
Ed Rodgers also described as accurate passages from a lengthy Bleacher Report feature from November that detailed the depths of his son’s estrangement. Here is some of what that story included:
One source, who was close to Rodgers for years but is among the many who have since been cut off by Rodgers entirely, said the quarterback has not spoken to his family since December 2014. … Immediate family members don’t even have his cellphone number. When Mom and Dad sent Christmas presents to the quarterback and his girlfriend that year, the source said, those gifts were mailed back in February. He was set to be the groomsman in the wedding of one of his closest friends, the source said, and texted the day before he couldn’t attend.
He didn’t attend his grandfather’s funeral — the same grandfather he once called before every game.
Rodgers himself has tried to say as little as possible about his family situation, despite repeated queries from the press. However, Munn could have been saying something about it, while thanking the supporters of her boyfriend’s team who have been providing “positive energy.”