Aaron Rodgers came to his teammate’s defense following a heavy dose of criticism. Rodgers took Scantling’s side after a costly error.
Tied in overtime, 31-31, with the ball in their possession, it appeared as if the Packers were in good shape. However, the Colts had other plans:
— Chris Shepherd (@NFLscheme) November 23, 2020
As a result, Scantling received heavy criticism, including even death threats:
Wide receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling announced over social media that he received death threats after his fumble in overtime led to the Green Bay Packers’ loss to the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday. https://t.co/uHOiIi2Kzu
— Reuters Sports (@ReutersSports) November 23, 2020
Rodgers saw his teammate in a stressful situation and stepped in to defend him.
Aaron Rodgers Responds To Scantling’s Death Threats
Aaron Rodgers took to social media to suggest that everyone “RELAX” over this mistake. Here is what he had to say in detail:
“I think we need some perspective in this time about production. Everybody wants to make these knee-jerk reactions to things and you forget about the facts — as the kids say these days, the big facts — that there’s a human element to this”
“Anybody who is so distraught about this that they need to go to Twitter and talk about killing someone, I would suggest that you relax”
“There’s a human element to this like anybody who is so distraught about this that they need to go twitter & talk about killing someone I would suggest that you RELAX” #PatMcAfeeShowLIVE pic.twitter.com/3QywsN2Nnh
— Pat McAFLEET (@PatMcAfeeShow) November 24, 2020
Rodgers stepping in to show solidarity for his teammate is admirable, but it’s sad that he has to do that in the first place. Human-beings play in the NFL. Mistakes are bound to happen.
Moreover, while the loss may have stung, the Packers are still bound for a deep run in the NFC Playoffs. They lead the NFC North by two games and sit at a well positioned 7-3. Look for Scantling and Rodgers to bounce back in big ways.