Aaron Rodgers has yet to enter the darkness.
He was very much in the light with his typical backdrop of his Malibu home during his regular Tuesday appearance on “The Pat McAfee Show,” a fact that prompted the Green Bay Packers quarterback to spend several minutes blasting a report that claimed that it was starting a dark retreat on monday.
Rodgers attracted more attention than he usually does after announcing last week that he would be going on a four-day dark retreat in total isolation. He said the retreat would bring him closer to a decision about his future as a player, while also allowing him to try another new method of clearing his mind.
Rodgers, 39, did not specifically say when he was entering this one-room home during last week’s appearance, but with teams waiting for his response on whether he would play in the NFL’s 19th season, a report by NFL’s Ian Rapoport. Network went out on the weekend who said Rodgers was starting on Monday.
Rodgers criticized the report on Tuesday, saying it did not change his plans. Instead, Rodgers said, the date of his retreat, which begins later this week, was planned for four months.
“Anyone with knowledge contrary to this is fake news,” Rodgers said.
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Rodgers says his inner circle doesn’t talk to people like Rapoport or ESPN’s Adam Schefter, national reporters who frequently report on Rodgers. Schefter was the first to report that Rodgers was unhappy with the Packers during the 2021 offseason and that he wanted to leave Green Bay.
“Nobody talks to Ian Rapoport, Adam Schefter or any of those people”, Rodgers said Tuesday. “So if you’re one of those people that are talking to these people, it’s a great reminder for you, you’re not in the inner circle.
“Just stop the fake news. I speak for myself and will continue to do so. I’m not upset about it. It’s classic media. The problem is there’s a slippery slope. When someone says something, Ian Rapoport or Adam Schefter or Joe Biden, Donald Trump, Anthony Fauci, Joe Rogan, myself, question it. If it’s legit, it can withstand questioning.
“But nobody in my inner circle talks to these people. I don’t talk to these people.”
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Rodgers later said that he “has no problem” with Rapoport or Schefter, but that when it comes to his life “they don’t know (expletive)”.
“Anyone who would talk to them is not in my inner circle,” continued Rodgers. “When someone like that goes on and says something that isn’t true, they create a story. That is (expletive) and it just keeps going back and forth. How many (expletive) narratives can come from a show. legitimately knows what’s going on in my life.
“Don’t make it up (expletive). I don’t have your number. You won’t have my number. You do a great job, but not when it comes to my life.”
Rodgers says he’s not bothered by the criticism, he’s done his research on retreating darkness
The following week, Rodgers, who remains undecided about his football future after posting his worst statistical season with the Packers in his 15 years as a starter, announced that he would walk into a house in complete darkness for four days. Every corner of the internet had an opinion on what he was up to. This came after Rodgers experimented with Panchakarma cleanses and the psychedelic herbal drink ayahuasca in recent seasons.
Rodgers is not bothered by this.
“I have a lot of love and empathy for all people,” said Rodgers. “There was a time when I thought… Any of these thoughts are projections. It doesn’t bother me.”
Rodgers said that judging others is not “a way for us to come together as a society. We’re just trying to do our best.”
Though Rodgers has never done a darkness retreat before, he mentioned on Tuesday how meditation retreats and yoga retreats in the past have helped encourage his mind to be “in a better mental space.”
Rodgers said he’s also done his research on the matter, as he does with everything, a phrase he repeated and encouraged others to do during his 2021 COVID-19 drama.
“Like most things, I like to do a lot of research before I take the plunge,” said Rodgers not-so-subtly. “I’ve talked to a lot of people who’ve done this. I’ve seen firsthand testimonials about it. I’m excited about it. We’re all trying to do our best with the path we’re on.”
Rodgers said he knows there can be “difficult times” with just him in his thoughts during the four days of isolation, but is ready for the experience, which he added will be filmed.
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