It's becoming obvious that NFL players are no longer concerned with the party line or about what might happen to their wallets. Case in point: Aaron Rodgers on his weekly radio show today pretty much went on a seven-minute cathartic -- but calm -- rant about what happened last night. Some excerpts:
Some stuff just needs to be said. I have to do something the NFL is not going to do. I have to apologize to the fans. ... The product that's on the field is not being complemented by an appropriate set of officials. The games are getting out of control. ... The game is being tarnished by an NFL that obviously cares more about saving some money than having the integrity of the game diminished a little bit.
This is an NFL who gambled on some low-level referees. ... These aren't SEC refs who have been around multiple NFL guys. ...
I call bull on that. Because they say officials. No. There was zero communication between them. … One of them is signaling clock stopped, game over, I’m about to signal touchback. Everybody saw it. You saw the replay. It’s just interesting how the NFL worded it. … It goes on to say, and they’re still covering their butt here.