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Aaron Rodgers Announces 'Darkness Retreat' and the Internet Has a Field Day

Well, well, well, here we are again. Aaron Rodgers said something jarring and is surprised people have an opinion about it online. Shocker, I know. 

Now, I can understand not wanting everything you do in your life to be scrutinized by people who are chronically online. I get that. However, when you go on one of the largest podcasts in the world — or at least in the United States — to say things that are jarring, people will have a reaction. And on top of it, Rodgers isn't a favorite among the NFL fandom — especially the farther you get from Green Bay, Wisconsin — so to be as shocked as Rodgers was is just silly. 

Aaron Rodgers Battles the Internet, Again

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When a public figure does something such as go on a four-day "darkness retreat," that's going to be talked about. To think the media will see that and go about their day without reporting on it isn't a rational thought. 

Should people be talking about it? No. It's what someone is choosing to do with their life that has minimal impact — if any at all — on others' lives. But, again, for someone who lives as a public figure, it's irrational to think people won't have an opinion on the things you say and do. 

Along with the darkness retreat, people care because Rodgers is in the midst of potentially leaving the team he's been quarterbacking for almost two decades. He could stay, he could get traded, or he could retire. 

When the NFL has such a 24-hour news cycle surrounding it, of course these seemingly meaningless stories are going to surface.

If the conversation occurred between Rodgers and the Pat McAfee crew without being recorded and blasted onto every social media platform possible, then sure, that'd be surprising. 

However, that's not how it went down at all.

Rodgers joined "The Pat McAfee Show" for their weekly recording. This recording goes on every Tuesday, and it's done on one of the biggest podcasts in the United States. 

To think this "darkness retreat" wouldn't be picked apart is flat-out ignorant on Rodgers' part. 

Again, people shouldn't care as much as they do about Rodgers and what he does in his free time, as long as it doesn't harm others. But that's like being surprised at a dog for barking instead of oinking. There's plenty of time between now and when Rodgers makes his decision for the future — which I'm sure won't be totally drawn out for dramatic effect — but this is likely not the last time Rodgers' name will run through most headlines in the sports media world.

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