Aaron Rodgers takes a stand against Islamophobes

It must’ve been a big moment in the life of a football fan in Green Bay on Sunday during a moment of silence for the people killed in the attacks in Paris.

He had the stadium to himself, most of the rest of the fans smart enough to respect the silence.

“Muslims suck!” he shouted.

Other fans tried to start a “Go, Pack, Go” chant.

Idiots and fools all.

Which is why we reserve plenty of respect for quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who called the fan out during his postgame news conference.

At last check, Rodgers was the only person to speak out against the fan.

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  • jon

    Good on him.

    I’ve said before (perhaps even on newscut) that my best friend through grade school was a Muslim, (though I didn’t know it until 6th grade when we learned about world religions) many of my classmates in high school were as well. I’d guess some of my co-workers are also though the only one of them that had ever volunteered his religion to me was an evangelical Christian, and I’ve not really asked any of them.

    The animosity toward the Muslim community even then was pretty harsh even back when I was in high school, though the violent people (that I knew) weren’t Muslim, there were just run of the mill bullies and loud mouths… The kind that might shout something like this out during a moment of silence…

  • ec99

    The Western view of Islam has long been determined by events: the invasion of the Iberian Peninsula, the Crusades, the conquest of Constantinople, Islam at the gates of Vienna, 9/11.

    • jon

      The “islamic” view of the US (at least from the perspective of the region where the problems are stemming from) has likely also been determined by events… last 25 years or so we’ve been engaged in an invasion of a largely islamic country (iraq), then a bombing campaign in two countries (iraq and afghanistan), then a brief break from bombing and fighting in muslim countries to stop a genocide of muslims in kosovo, and then right back to a war in afghanistan, then Iraq again, also pakistan, somalia, libya, and yemen.

      Meanwhile economic sanctions have been brought against Iran, and lots of saber rattling there with drones captured, shot down, missiles fired during “military exercises” that happened as ships from the other side approached…

      And that doesn’t even mention the 80’s where we had the CIA fighting secret wars in some of those same countries against as a proxy for the cold war. Or the whole Iran Contra manipulations we managed, or a great deal of other meddlings we’ve had in the region.

      3 years total since 1979 that we haven’t been involved in some sort of conflict in a largely muslim country. (’97,’99, and ’00)

      So, the US doesn’t have that great of a track record in the “non-violence” area either.

  • Anna

    Nobody ever said professional football fans were the brightest bulbs on the tree and it looks like they are not going to get any smarter anytime soon.

    Grown men pummeling each other on 100 yards of turf is not my idea of entertainment.

    Rodgers, at least is a class act.

    • Mike

      I am slightly disappointed in this comment. What we need to avoid as humans is putting people in boxes. I watched a hour of football yesterday, and I am sure my friends watched football yesterday too. These people are teachers, engineers, nurses, and doctors. They are all very bright people, and don’t deserve to be in the box you created.

  • Jack

    Aaron Rodgers is a class act all around.

  • Baba

    I haven’t watched football for 40 years, but this guy is a class act.

  • Jay T. Berken

    I have been growing more admiration of how Rodgers has conducted himself as years past by. This only affirms that feeling.

    In this country, must less in other regions of the world, we have taken it onto ourselves through fear of not knowing the other persons story and wanting of a time “when things were better” to marginalize people because they are different. We take it on as our right to downplay other peoples’ lives and beliefs that are not as perceived as pure as ours and with that think them as less than our lives and beliefs. By doing this, we feel validated thinking of no ramifications. I am not a pure person by any means. I have my biases, but as I grow, I try to listen before I act.

    I am very proud to have Aaron Rodgers as quarterback of my beloved Green Bay Packers. This is not saying ill of the other players of the Packers, much less other teams’ players since it is not known this has happen elsewhere. In doing this, indirectly he has restored a little faith in this little journey called life.

  • Rob

    Rogers stood up for unions, too. This guy is courageous. I am a lifelong Viking fan that has become a Packer fan, too – that says it all.

  • lindblomeagles

    Way to go Aaron Rodgers!!! If there is anything US History SHOULD have taught all of us that is to judge each INDIVIDUAL person by the content of their character. ISIS does not represent Syria (definitely not Bashir Asaad), or most Muslims.