Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers argued this Tuesday that professional athletes should “learn to ignore” the attacks they receive on the regular from President Trump.
“I think that the more that we give credence to stuff like that, the more it’s gonna live on,” Rodgers said during an interview with NFL.com.
“I think if we can learn to ignore or not respond to stuff like that — if we can — it takes away the power of statements like that.”
Rodgers’s remarks follow just days after Trump tore into NBA star LeBron James for statements he made during an interview with CNN’s Don Lemon. James suggested that Trump uses sports “to divide us.”
Lebron James was just interviewed by the dumbest man on television, Don Lemon. He made Lebron look smart, which isn’t easy to do. I like Mike!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 4, 2018
Trump’s insults sparked outrage from several public figures, including Michael Jordan and other current and former NBA players.
However, Rodgers stated that the fact that James had not bothered to acknowledge the attack with a response was “absolutely beautiful.”
“At a time where he’s putting on display his school, which is changing lives, there’s no need,” Rodgers said. “Because you’re just giving attention to that; that’s what they want. So just don’t respond.”
Rodgers continued to say that someone like James “knows he has the support of his contemporaries, in his own sport and in other sports.”
Rodgers also voiced his personal support for NFL players who have chosen to kneel during the national anthem, arguing that much of the anger over the protests misses “the point of what this was all about.”
“I don’t know how many times we can say, as a player and as a group, how much we love and support and appreciate the troops, and the opportunities this country allows us,” Rodgers said. “But this is about equality and something bigger than ourselves, and bringing people together.”
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