Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers unloaded on hot-take shows and how they operate as he thinks most of them are talking all kind of stuff and nonsense just for the clicks. Rodgers, a two-time NFL MVP and one-time Super Bowl champion, says he doesn't follow or watch those kind of shows but from time to time he comes across some of that stuff.
"What I laugh at and do not spend any time watching, but unfortunately, it's usually ESPN's on here, the [NFL] Network's on over there in our cafeteria, it's just four guys, four men or four women, however it shakes out, and everybody's trying to say the most outlandish thing possible to get the most clickbait.
And I've said it many times about click bait, is that my problem with putting ridiculous headlines on the story is that in this culture where the attention span is so short for so many people, even people probably listening to this interview or watching this who can't stay on the entire time because they have other things to do and other things to look at on their phone," Rodgers said on 10 Questions With Kyle Brandt, per Sports Illustrated.
"All they're gonna read is eight words on ESPN's front page and that's what these people are trying to get people to click on. If they get one second on that page, that counts as a page view. And the more page views you get, the more ad revenue you get.
Rodgers calls it a 'low-class journalism'
Rodgers was a popular topic on hot-take shows a few months when the Packers shockingly selected quarterback Jordan Love in this past NFL draft. Many suggested that the Packers selecting another quarterback means that they are preparing to move on from Rodgers and that the split could be coming in near future.
"And I think it's really low-class journalism," Rodgers added. "Some of the headlines that get put on some of these articles that have nothing to do with what's actually, content-wise, in the article.
I think it's poor journalism. I think it's a total lack of integrity. I don't want to look at that and I don't want to listen to four people on some show yelling at each other about opinions. Do they really feel that way? Or are they trying to be the most outlandish opinion possible so they get the most views when it gets retweeted on Twitter or posted on a 10-second blurb on ESPN.com? I just think it's really done a disservice to the industry of journalism for sure."