Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers hasn’t spoken to his family in nearly two years, according to a report from Bleacher Report.
Apparently, the NFL has had little-to-no contact with his parents and two brothers Jordan and Luke, having cut them off completely nearly two years ago.
An unnamed source, who “was close to Rodgers for years but is among the many who have since been cut off by Rodgers entirely”, points out the following:
— Immediate family members don’t have his cell phone number;
— His parents sent Christmas gifts to Rodgers and his girlfriend in 2014, only to see them mailed back two months later;
— Rodgers told his family they are no longer welcome in Green Bay;
— He backed out of serving as a groomsmen for one of his closest friends the day before the wedding;
— He did not attend the funeral of the grandfather he used to call before every game;
— He fired his business manager, whom he’s known since high school.
Rodgers has not publicly discussed the family rift, but his brother Jordan, who appeared on and eventually won the last season of The Bachelorette, discussed their relationship on one episode of the show. “Me and Aaron don’t really have that much of a relationship,” he said. “It’s just how how he’s chosen to live his life.” At the time, Aaron refused to talk about his brother when asked by reporters and said, “I’ve always found that it’s a little inappropriate to talk publicly about some family matters.”
The source also believes that Rodgers’ alienation of his family is why he’s playing so poorly. The Packers are third in the NFC North with a record of 4-5.
“There’s no explanation for him playing any worse,” the source said. “People are trying to figure it out. He’s a f*cking head case. He knows he’s doing the wrong thing, and he’s so arrogant and prideful that he thinks he can separate his personal life from his professional life, even though all of us know that’s impossible. You can’t do that. You can do that in little spurts, like when Brett Favre went out and played amazingly when he loses his dad. But when you’re talking about real situations that aren’t all of a sudden circumstantial and you [expletive] over good people, people you’re supposed to love, it’s a [expletive] thing to do and you’re going to get humbled.
“You can’t live like that, man. The people who live like that end up getting f*cking over. That’s kind of what’s happening here, but he’s so prideful and will never admit he’s wrong. Ever.”