Looking for one more reason to admire Aaron Rodgers? Here it is.
During a pregame moment of silence to honor the victims of the horrific terrorist attacks in Paris, a Green Bay Packers’ fan ruined the tribute with an Islamophobic slur.
Though it’s not clear what was said, according to one attendee someone shouted “Death to Muslims.”
I just heard "Death to Muslims" during the moment of silence at Lambeau. Stay classy, Green Bay.— Sean Angermeier (@Ozz324) November 15, 2015
As per Deadspin’s isolated crowd-level audio feed, the fan yelled,“Muslims suck.” Since the offensive remark was made at a time when almost the entire stadium was silent, Rodgers, of course, heard it along with his teammates. He could’ve let it go, like many others in the stadium, so the superstar NFL quarterback made sure to address the problem in a postgame interview.
“I think it's important to do things like that. We're a connected world — six degrees of separation,” Rodgers began. “I must admit that I was very disappointed with the fan who made the comment. I thought it was really inappropriate during the moment of silence.”
“It's that kind of prejudicial ideology that, I think, puts us in the position that we're in today as a world,” he added.
Unlike Republican presidential candidates such as Donald Trump and Jeb Bush — whose reactions to the attacks in Paris were unabashedly discriminatory toward Muslims — Rodgers pointed out how prejudice and bigotry will only add to the issues the world is currently facing.
His comments are a brilliant example of how one should respond to intolerance and hate in the wake of terrorism.