Aaron Rodgers isn’t done sending messages to the Green Bay Packers.
During a press event to promote “The Match,” the charity golf exhibition that will feature Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady and golfer Phil Mickelson against Rodgers and golfer Bryson DeChambeau, Rodgers showed up wearing a black T-shirt with block white letters that read: “I’M OFFENDED” and had an emoji with an angry face.
This was Rodgers’ first public appearance since Packers president Mark Murphy called Rodgers a “complicated fella” over the weekend.
Rodgers, known for being one of the most calculated professional athletes in the public comments he makes, had a clear intention about the way he described his offseason.
“It has been one of those quiet offseason you dream about,” Rodgers said sarcastically. “You just kind of go through your process on your own, quietly. That’s all you can ask for as an older player in the league and someone who has been around for a long time and just enjoy that time for yourself and be relaxed and not be bothered, not have any obligations and not have anything going on.
“I think that’s what this offseason has been about. It has been about really enjoying my time and spending it where I want to spend it and not feeling like I have to go anywhere and not feeling like I have any responsibilities, but still being an NFL player at the same time. It has been great.”
Rodgers skipped Green Bay’s mandatory minicamp last week as a show of his frustration and displeasure with the Packers organization. Aside from being a guest host of the television quiz show “Jeopardy!”, Rodgers-related content has also dominated the NFL media cycle with more reports about his simmering discontent surfacing.
The press event also featured the rest of the participants of the golf exhibition, and Brady, trying to stoke a reaction out of Rodgers, made a joke about a costly decision that may have cost Green Bay a chance to make it to Super Bowl 55.
“I do think you have a partner that would probably have liked to go for it a little more often than he has in the past,” Brady said.
In response to Bray’s comment, DeChambeau said he wouldn’t force Rodgers into anything he didn’t want to do on the golf course. Rodgers, clearly still referring to Brady’s comment, responded: “Well, I usually don’t get the option.”
Brady was almost certainly referring to the NFC Championship Game earlier this year, when Brady’s Buccaneers beat Rodgers and the Packers, in part, because of a late decision by coach Matt LaFleur.
With the Packers down eight with a little more than two minutes left to play in the game, and with Green Bay having the ball at the Tampa 8-yard line, LaFleur opted to kick a field goal, rather than go for it on fourth down. The Packers never got the ball back, and eventually lost, 31-26.
The Match will be held at the Reserve golf course at Moonlight Basin in Montana on July 6.
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: ‘Offended’ Aaron Rodgers sends Packers message with sarcastic comments