In an interview with 670 The Score on Tuesday (January 4), Arkush made it clear that he would not be voting for Rodgers, adding that the decision was motivated by his actions off the field.
“I don’t think you can be the biggest jerk in the league and punish your team, and your organisation and your fans the way he did and be the Most Valuable Player,” he said. “Has he been the most valuable on the field? Yeah, you could make that argument, but I don’t think he is clearly that much more valuable than Jonathan Taylor or Cooper Kupp or maybe even Tom Brady.”
Firing back against the comments on Wednesday, Rodgers accused Arkush of being biased against his unvaccinated status and said that he should be excluded from future votes.
“I think he’s a bum,” he declared in a press conference. “I think he’s an absolute bum. He doesn’t know me. I don’t know who he is. No one knew who he was, probably, until yesterday’s comments.”
“His problem isn’t with me being a bad guy or the biggest jerk in the league because he doesn’t know me. He doesn’t know anything about me,” he said.
“His problem is that I’m not vaccinated. So if he wants to go on a crusade and collude and come up with an extra letter to put on the award just for this season and make it ‘Most Valuable Vaccinated Player,’ then he should do that.”
The Green Bay Packers quarterback came under fire after testing positive for COVID-19 in 2021 and revealing that he was unvaccinated. He was accused of misleading fans, having previously claimed that he was “immunized”.