Fans Praise NFL Star Aaron Rodgers For Denouncing Disruptive Outburst

The quarterback slammed what sounded like a verbal attack on Muslims during a moment of silence for Friday's Paris attacks

Nov 16, 2015 at 10:57 AM ET

The Green Bay Packers lost their third straight game on Sunday. But that didn’t stop the team’s quarterback, Aaron Rodgers, from gaining new fans. Many Muslims and others praised the player for denouncing a spectator’s outburst.

During a pre-game moment of silence for victims of the deadly Paris attacks, a fan shouted what sounded like: “Muslims suck!”

At a post-game press conference, Rodgers commented on the disruption: “I must admit I was very disappointed with whoever the fan was who made a comment that I thought was really inappropriate during the moment of silence,” he said. “It’s that kind of prejudicial ideology that I think puts us in the position we’re in today as a world.”

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An onslaught of aggressive tweets urged Rodgers to “stick to sports” while others denounced his expression of disappointment. Tons of others, though, offered heartfelt thanks to Rodgers.

As details about the perpetrators of the deadly Paris attacks emerged on Monday, Muslims online continued to defend claims that their religion is connected to terrorism. From Saudi Arabia to Turkey and around the globe, many condemned the Paris attacks with the hashtag #MuslimsAreNotTerrorist in the wake of Friday’s violence, a Vocativ analysis showed.