NBC Sports broadcaster Cris Collinsworth rubbed some fans the wrong way on Sunday night over his coverage of Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
Rodgers, whose battle with COVID-19 captivated the nation last month, has been the topic of much condemnation ever since the incident occurred.
Collinsworth chose a different route.
Rather than condemn Rodgers, the NBC Sports broadcaster decided to praise him.
“Have you seen a guy, and in particular this year, be more honest…” AND we’re going to have to stop you right there, Cris pic.twitter.com/X4zN1Za3Fm
— Awful Announcing (@awfulannouncing) December 13, 2021
“Have you seen a guy, and in particular this year, be more honest about everything,” Collinsworth said. “You may not agree with everything he says, but we have heard from the beginning of this entire season exactly what he thinks about everything.”
Naturally, that didn’t sit well with folks on social media.
Seems like there was one pretty large and notable exception…
— Jeff Stoller (@jjstoller) December 13, 2021
Yeah, it’s great to be honest… after you’ve been caught.
— Joel Williams (@ChiBearsfaninWA) December 13, 2021
Except for that whole thing about not being vaccinated….
— Einahu (@einahu) December 13, 2021
I use to think you were a good announcer but now, not so much.
— KJM (@SunnysideLadyMN) December 13, 2021
At the core of the issue regarding Rodgers’ “honesty” is the fact that at one point he said he had been “immunized” against COVID-19. Everyone took that to mean he was vaccinated. When he came down with COVID-19, it later came out that he hadn’t been vaccinated and that he had achieved his self-described immunization by some other means.
Given that Rodgers’ fiancée is a self-confessed creator of her medicines, folks didn’t put much stock into his own means of attaining immunization.
Impressive stuff. https://t.co/p5mNh0dB7Y
— Game 7 (@game7__) December 12, 2021
Collinsworth isn’t the first NFL broadcaster to land in hot water over his take on Rodgers. Not long ago, Tony Romo came under fire for something similar.
Clearly both Rodgers and his fiancée want to move on from this whole ugly fiasco, but it feels like a lot of the general public isn’t ready to let bygones be bygones.