Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers said reaction to his criticism of an anti-Muslim comment has generated “overwhelming support.”
During a moment of silence for Paris terrorism victims before the Packers-Lions game at Lambeau Field on Sunday, a ticket holder loudly yelled “Muslims suck.” After the game, Rodgers took time during his press briefing to criticize the heckler, adding “It’s that kind of prejudicial ideology that puts us in the position that we’re in today as a world.”
During a conference call with reporters today at Winter Park, Rodgers said: “I don’t care about any brushback there’s been. It’s been positive with the response. I feel strongly about what I said and I’m very thankful [to have] clarity of mind to be able to speak my thoughts in a way that I’m proud of.
“Unfortunately those types of ideas have affected the way we look at our world. It’s disappointing to hear and I 100 percent stand by my comments. [I've had] overwhelming support and agreement among people. Sometimes you have the opportunity to say things like that. You stand up for what you believe in. And I believe in what I said.”
As for the Packers’ three-game losing streak, Rodgers was asked if he had any advice to give to Packer backers as he did last year when he told them to “R-E-L-A-X.”
“I don’t have any catch phrase this year. Stay tuned.”