Aaron Rodgers wants Hub Arkush stripped of MVP voting rights for calling him a 'jerk'
Hub Arkush, one of the 50 voters for AP's award for NFL's Most Valuable Player (MVP), said he wouldn't pick Aaron Rodgers because he was the 'biggest jerk in the league'
Aaron Rodgers didn't hold back after Hub Arkush, a veteran Chicago journalist who was one of the 50 voters who select the 'Associated Press NFL Most Valuable Player,' said he wouldn't vote for him because of off-field issues. In a local radio broadcast, Arkush said he wouldn't vote Rodgers as NFL's Most Valuable Player (MVP) because he's a “bad guy” and “biggest jerk in the league”
A day later, Rodgers hit back, suggesting that Arkush be stripped of his MVP voting rights. He said, “I think he’s a bum. I think he’s an absolute bum. He doesn’t know me. I don’t know who he is. Nobody knew who he was probably until yesterday’s comments. And I listened to the comments, but to say he had his mind made up in the summer time, in the offseason, that I had zero chance of winning MVP — in my opinion, should exclude future votes. His problem isn’t with me being a bad guy, the biggest jerk in the league. He doesn’t know me, doesn’t know anything about me. I’ve never met him, I’ve never had lunch with him, I’ve never had an interview with him. His problem is that I’m not vaccinated.”
Arkush in his harsh take-down of Rodgers had said: “I don’t think you can be the biggest jerk in the league and punish your team, and your organization and your fan base the way he did and be the Most Valuable Player. Has he been the most valuable on the field? Yeah, you could make that argument, but I don’t think he is clearly that much more valuable than Jonathan Taylor or Cooper Kupp or maybe even Tom Brady. So from where I sit, the rest of it is why he’s not gonna be my choice. Do I think he’s gonna win it? Probably. A lot of voters don’t approach it the way I do, but others do, who I’ve spoken to. But one of the ways we get to keep being voters is we’re not allowed to say who we are voting for until after the award has been announced. I’m probably pushing the envelope by saying who I’m not voting for. But we’re not really supposed to reveal our votes.”
Aaron Rodgers just teed off on the NFL MVP voter who said he wouldn’t vote for him because of off field issues. “He’s a bum…His problem is that I’m not vaccinated.” This is great, enjoy: pic.twitter.com/d1t3THdwZB— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) January 5, 2022
In the interview, Arkush said that Rodgers "lied" about getting vaccinated, implying that he may have harmed his team by catching Covid-19 and missing a game against the Kansas City Chiefs. The majority of Arkush's rationale was based on a personal assault on the quarterback. Later, Arkush stated in his statements that his mistake wasn't about how he felt about Rodgers, but rather about publicly announcing his vote against him.