GREEN BAY – Clearly, Aaron Rodgers and 60 Minutes won’t be collaborating again anytime soon. It’s a good thing the Green Bay Packers quarterback has designs on a guest-hosting gig on NBC’s Saturday Night Live and doesn’t want to be the next Morley Safer.
Not only that, but the CBS news magazine went so far Thursday as to say that Rodgers’ reaction to the piece has proven its point about him being too sensitive, a storyline that reporter Scott Pelley focused on during the piece.
After Rodgers said in his conference call with Detroit-area reporters that they shouldn’t put too much stock in his statement during the news magazine’s feature on him that there were likely other teams besides the New Orleans Saints using bounties, the network responded.
"Aaron Rodgers was never taken out of context and most anybody portrayed as he was on ‘60 Minutes’ would have been flattered by the story," Jeff Fager, the CBS News chairman and executive producer of "60 Minutes," said in a statement that was first reported by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Bob Wolfley. "It was fair and accurate and it was obvious we got it right when we reported that he tends to be overly sensitive."
In the wake of the Nov. 4 story, Rodgers expressed on his weekly radio show on 540 ESPN and ESPNWisconsin.com his displeasure with the editing of the piece, saying he didn’t like some of the editing that was done and he was especially upset about the producers failing to include any reference to the MACC Fund, the Milwaukee-based charity Rodgers works closely with.
On Wednesday, Lions beat reporters asked Rodgers about his statement that he believed there might have been other teams beyond the Saints using a bounty program. In the piece, Rodgers discusses the concussion he suffered against the Lions in 2010, and the story then segues to the Saints bounty scandal, as Rodgers says that he believes other teams defenses “are trying to either knock you out of the game, or knock you out of your rhythm.”
When asked in Wednesday’s conference call if, when he spoke of other bounties in the 60 Minutes interview, he thought the Lions could have been headhunting him in the past, Rodgers replied: “I wouldn’t put a whole lot of weight into that story. It was cut for their purposes, their agenda, and most of the answers were either just portions of a bigger answer or probably not even for the question that was asked. So, I’m not even going to touch that one.”
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