This season of the Bachelorette is stirring up some NFL-related drama thanks to the presence of Jordan Rodgers, the brother of Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
Appearing on Monday's episode of the popular reality dating show, Jordan was recapping his date with JoJo Fletcher (the actual bachelorette) and the potential love of his life asked about his family.
The youngest Rodgers brother let loose a little spiel on Aaron, the middle brother, and said the two aren't close. Except it wasn't just a quick change of the subject. Jordan more or less bashed Aaron for the "way he's chosen to do life."
The video of the clip is here but it's a
staged romantic and impromptu setting that created the following conversation about "Hometowns" being in the upcoming week (JoJo visits the home of the various remaining contestants):
JR: My middle brother won't be there.
JoJo: And that's ... Aaron. Why?
JR: Like I said, I have a great relationship with my brother Luke. Me and Aaron really don't have that much of a relationship. It's just kind of the way he's chosen to do life. I chose to stay close to my family, and may parents and my brother. It's not ideal. And I love him and I can't imagine what it's like to be in his shoes and have the pressure he has and the demands from people he has. Don't have hard feelings against him, it's just how things go right now.
JoJo: Does he know that you're doing this?
JR: I don't think so...
JoJo: So you guys don't talk at all?
JR: No, not really.
It's a very convenient storyline to broach and, let's be real, this wasn't live television, so it's pretty clear everyone involved knew what they were doing. It draws attention to the show (guilty as charged, your honor) and probably helps draw in viewers, but it's not really a super swell thing to do.
So why did he call out his super-famous brother on a reality show like that? Apparently it's deep-seeded psychological issues, because the following explanation occurred shortly after the above exchange:
I think it's just important to know where I'm at, where I stand. Like the other day, James said something about that word "entitlement" and how I act. That just really kind of strikes a cord with me, that kind of word, because that's not who I am. Because, frankly, at every step of my life I was kind of disappointing. No matter what I did, it was never good enough for a coach or a teammate because I was being compared to someone who did it the best. When I walked away from playing -- I could have kept playing. But football didn't define me. Not having a great relationship with my brother Aaron or what people think that relationship should be didn't define me. I'm defined by the character I have with the humility I've been taught by my parents is what I want people to see. I just wanted you to know where I'm coming from with that. It's important to me that you don't think my confidence is derived from anything other than the example my parents set. Because I care about you so much, and I don't want to mess it up.
Jordan did play a little football himself, playing college football at Vanderbilt and making a couple practice squads but ultimately not being good enough to make it to the NFL. Maybe it's odd the two aren't closer given they all play football, but there are probably some pretty valid reasons for that.
Lots of people have family issues that aren't public. Families are all weird -- if you think your's isn't you are probably both lying and delusional.
But when it comes to talking about your family on national television, there is always the option to simply move along (nothing to see here, people) and bypass the subject. It perhaps could be left for conversation off the camera with your potential future wife, rather than airing whatever laundry you have on a television show watched by millions of people.