Hub Arkush, a Chicago-based sportswriter and certainly one of 50 Related Press voters for the NFL MVP award, penned an apology for “among the infantile issues” he said about Aaron Rodgers on Tuesday.
The assertion comes hours after he said on Chicago’s 670 The Score radio station that he “made an enormous mistake.” Nonetheless, he said the error did not should do with the feedback about Rodgers themselves, however moderately that he “did not respect” the cardinal rule of voting—not disclosing your plans previous to it being introduced.
“A lot of the different 49 AP voters are acquaintances, many are associates, and the rationale we’re requested to not do what I did is it now places undo strain on a few of them to remark, not remark, agree, disagree or take grief for doing the appropriate factor and remaining silent,” Arkush wrote on Wednesday night time. “Worse but, I’ve apparently unleashed a small military of self-styled social media and speak radio specialists who haven’t any clue what they’re speaking about to problem the standard of the voting course of and would try and invalidate any vote or thought course of that doesn’t agree with their very own.
“An indication of the instances I suppose.”
Arkush didn’t reveal who he was truly voting for however said on Tuesday that the way in which Rodgers carried himself off the sector—citing his violation of COVID-19 protocols—is what finally brought about him to be unworthy of profitable the MVP award this yr.
“I simply assume that the way in which he’s carried himself is inappropriate,” Arkush said. “I feel he’s a foul man, and I don’t assume a foul man could be probably the most priceless man on the similar time.”
Rodgers did not maintain again on his ideas Wednesday when addressing the feedback, saying, “I feel he’s a bum. I feel he [Arkush] is an absolute bum. He doesn’t know me. I don’t know who he is. Nobody knew who he was, most likely, till yesterday’s feedback. And I listened to the feedback. However to say he had his thoughts made up within the summertime, within the offseason that I had zero likelihood of profitable MVP—in my view, that ought to exclude [him from] future votes.”
The Packers quarterback additionally said that Arkush was extra mad about him not being vaccinated than whether or not or not he was a “dangerous man”.
“He doesn’t know something about me … I’ve by no means had lunch with him,“ Rodgers said. “I’ve by no means had an interview with him. His downside is I’m not vaccinated. If he desires to go on a campaign and collude and give you an additional letter to placed on the award simply for this season and make it the ‘Most Helpful Vaccinated Participant,’ then he ought to do this.”
Rodgers beforehand prompt on The Pat McAfee Show Tuesday that voters received’t choose him due to his COVID-19 vaccination standing and the general public fallout during the last a number of weeks.
Regardless of the off-the-field controversy, Rodgers has been placing up MVP-caliber numbers this season, throwing for 3,977 yards and 35 touchdowns with solely 4 interceptions.
Arkush closed his open apology with notes to completely different members affected by the feedback, together with Rodgers. He wrote, “To Aaron Rodgers, you’re one of many best gamers of this technology and one of many best quarterbacks of all time. Whether or not or not you’re this yr’s MVP is as much as the 50-member panel, neither me, nor my critics.”
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