It’s no secret that the New York media is a different animal, and there are some athletes who just haven’t been able to handle it.
Former New York giant Tiki Barber dealt with it, and he surely saw himself in the negative light.
Ironically, the former All-Pro running back is now a member of said media, and he believes that Aaron Rodgers, whom the New York Jets are interested in acquiring, is not cut out for the different beast.
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Barber quoted Rodgers as calling the reports «fake news» about when his isolation retreat would begin in total darkness, a fairly minor issue to be angry about, he believes.
«It just made me realize that if he’s so sensitive that he gets mad because people, reporters, opinion makers, influencers, whatever, want to talk about him, he’s going to have trouble in New York,» Barber said. on his radio show on WFAN. «I don’t know if I want him in New York if this is going to be his reaction to things that don’t matter.»
The Packers quarterback criticized two reporters about his withdrawal.
«Let me reiterate one more time. There is an inner circle, right? And in my inner circle, no one talks to [NFL Network’s] Ian Rapoport, to [ESPN’s] Adam Schefter, or any of those people,» Rodgers said earlier this week. «So if you’re one of those people talking to those people, it’s a great reminder to you, you’re not in the inner circle.»
Barber defended the reporters, saying Rodgers should «stop talking.»
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«If Aaron Rodgers doesn’t want people to talk about him, his offseason, his personal life and all these things that happen to him, he needs to stop talking,» Barber said. «When you go and you’re doing something that feels strange to normal society, which is going to sit in a cabin in the woods for four days in complete isolation, we’ll talk about it! We have to do it! It’s our job so that he take offense to that, it’s not going to handle the intensity of the New York media landscape (traditional media, social media, everything else) if it’s here. I don’t know if I want it here. Because it’s going to become a pain in the ass! Head quick if Aaron Rodgers’ skin is so shallow he’s shooting Ian Rapoport!»
Rodgers is scheduled to spend four days in the dark to contemplate his next move, which at this point looks like it will either be in New York with the Jets or the Las Vegas Raiders.
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He has two years left on his three-year contract worth more than $150 million.