Green Bay Packers quaterback Aaron Rodgers ripped "bum'" reporter Hub Arkush who said he wouldn't give his MVP vote to Rodgers because he's "the biggest jerk in the league" and "a bad guy."
"I think he's a bum," Rodgers said, per ESPN. "I think he's an absolute bum. He doesn't know me. I don't know who he is; no one knew who he was, probably, until yesterday's comments. I listened to the comments, but to say he had his mind made up in the summertime, in the offseason, that I had zero chance of winning MVP, in my opinion, should exclude future votes.
His problem isn't with me being a bad guy or the biggest jerk in the league. He doesn't know me." Rodgers was believed to be vaccinated but it was revealed he wasn't when he tested positive for COVID-19 two months ago.
"His problem is I'm not vaccinated," Rodgers said. "So, if he wants to go on a crusade and collude and come up with an extra letter to put on the award just for this season and make it the Most Valuable Vaccinated Player, then he should do that.
But he's a bum and I'm not going to waste any time worrying about that stuff. He has no idea who I am. He's never talked to me in his life."
Arkush unloaded on Rodgers
"I don't think you can be the biggest jerk in the league and punish your team and your organization and your fan base the way he did and be the most valuable player," Arkush said on Tuesday on The Score.
"Has he been the most valuable on the field? Yeah, you could make that argument, but I don't think he is clearly that much more valuable than Jonathan Taylor or Cooper Kupp or maybe even Tom Brady. So from where I sit, the rest of it is why he's not gonna be my choice."
Added Arkush: "I just think that the way he's carried himself is inappropriate. I think he's a bad guy, and I don't think a bad guy can be the most valuable guy at the same time." Arkush vowed not to talk about Rodgers until the MVP voting is over.
"The only thing I can do going forward is respect what I failed to respect last night and just not talk about it anymore until after the awards have been given," Arkush said on Wednesday.