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
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.
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.”
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.
— Omar El-Dabt (@eldabt) November 16, 2015
@AaronRodgers12 I respect your decency & courage more than I respect you as a QB, and that’s saying something. Thank you, from a Vikes fan
— Mohamad Elmasry (@elmasry_mohamad) November 16, 2015
@AaronRodgers12 From a Muslim NFL fan, thanks for your classy comments today. Peace, love and solidarity. PS. GO PATS!!! 😉
— Leanne Scorzoni (@LeanneScorzoni) November 16, 2015
@AaronRodgers12 As an American Muslim, I just want to thank you for what you said about that comment today, Mr Rodgers. You’re a true MVP
— Haris Qudsi (@TheRealHQ91) November 16, 2015
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.