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Aaron Rodgers was a bit misunderstood Sunday

Posted on: January 17, 2011 7:22 pm
Posted by Will Brinson

Remember that really brief "Aaron Rodgers might despise elderly women with cancer" publicity nightmare that happened on Sunday?

If you missed it, here's the summation -- a woman named Jan Cavanaugh left a radiation treatment and went to the airport seeking Packers players' autographs. Cavanaugh was captured by a local ABC channel standing in the entrance of the airport, holding a pink hat as Rodgers walked by her without signing her Packers paraphernalia. 

The story generated substantial national attention when Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk lambasted Rodgers for behaving "like an ass."

As it turns out, Florio's vitriol towards Rodgers was a bit misguided -- the news station followed up on the story and Rodgers actually autographed a jersey for Cavanaugh as early as last week. (And kudos to Aaron Nagler of, who tweeted about the previous autograph on Sunday night, and who astutely assessed the situation by writing "everyone screwed up here.")

Additionally, Cavanaugh was flooded with emails wondering what had happened at the airport, and felt awful that she might have helped sully the quarterback's image.

"I was terribly upset this morning because I did not realize what was online, and opened up my email," she said according to WBAY's follow-up report. "And I was just shocked."

Understandably -- after all, as a big Packers fan, she no doubt really likes Rodgers. And the last thing she wanted to see when firing up the old internets was a ton of video clips in which Rodgers appears to ignore her in the airport.

This isn't the first time that something an athlete's did was misinterpreted. And it won't be the last, either. Nor is it the first time someone who writes about football got something wrong. And it won't be the last either. (It's entirely possible to argue that the non mea culpa Florio penned after WBAY's follow-up emerged is incorrect; there's no factual basis for falling on either side of the argument, aside from the fact that Rodgers clearly doesn't dislike elderly women with cancer.)

In fact, WBAY should probably talk to whoever edited and or produced the original video -- it couldn't have been less subtle or misleading if they'd tried.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 10, 2012 5:20 pm

Aaron Rodgers was a bit misunderstood Sunday

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Since: Oct 22, 2010
Posted on: January 18, 2011 11:34 am

Aaron Rodgers was a bit misunderstood Sunday

I've learned a long time ago that nothing on the news is really news .  If I wanted to learn the truth about something, I'd always do my own search and investigation.  What I do not understand is how this even became a story.  The media needs to find better ways to spend their time.

Since: Nov 6, 2009
Posted on: January 18, 2011 11:18 am

Aaron Rodgers was a bit misunderstood Sunday

Debo, only 18 days into it, but I vote for your post the number 1 I've read so far this year.
You said exactly everything I was thinking when this story came out.

Since: Jan 9, 2007
Posted on: January 18, 2011 10:29 am

Aaron Rodgers was a bit misunderstood Sunday

The media is disgusting, and the #1 culpirt of- what s wrong with this coutnry. They make a dumb, deadbeat dad, crackhead Ted Williams (that homeless guy from 2 weeks ago who was GIVEN 2 minutes of fame) a her0 and he's again, in rehab wwhere he is right now = loser. THEY created this whole fiasco. Transversly thye hated Ted Williams (the 1940s-1950s basseball player) because he didnt want to talk to them, bc he hated them. He was even robbed of an MVP , when they gave it to the yankees 2B that year.

On a common sense note. If EVERY sports athlete or movie star passed up an autograph or photo-op for every 10 year old kid or cancer patient, and was shot in the head bc of it,.. there would be no hollywood or pro leagues left. Leave the TMZ out of sports.
Shes a cancer victim, why doesn't she go get an a autograph from the doctor who is working to save her life????? ALittle more impartant that the qb for a football team, huh?  People are so freakin miscued and stupid, its nausiating.
Im glad she did wind up getting that signed aaron rodgers jersey, as someone else stated. maybe that jersey will cure her cancer, or stop global warming, stop gas prices from going to $5 a gallon, extinguish all terrorists. and stop the fighting in the middle east,
An aaron rodgers autograph?? really? 

Since: Nov 22, 2006
Posted on: January 18, 2011 10:08 am

Aaron Rodgers was a bit misunderstood Sunday

You are an idiot.

Since: Dec 21, 2006
Posted on: January 18, 2011 9:59 am

Aaron Rodgers was a bit misunderstood Sunday

Ounce again the media screws up by not doing some sort of research. This person should have his credentials yanked and not be allowed to report. This is why I refuse to believe anything they say

Since: Nov 16, 2010
Posted on: January 18, 2011 9:59 am

Aaron Rodgers was a bit misunderstood Sunday

This is problem with media today. They leap before looking how far down. Media used to check before they wrote a story. Now they just jump to conclusions they come up with without knowing all the facts. This happens too much in all news today. It's why don't just believe what media or nightly news says.

Since: Jan 24, 2010
Posted on: January 18, 2011 9:43 am

Aaron Rodgers was a bit misunderstood Sunday

What  Rodgers and the Packers don't want you to know is that Rodgers kicked a puppy just after the cameras stopped rolling.  Later that day he raided the Ronald McDonald House change container at a McDonald's drive thru. 

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