Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers had some venting to do last night on Conan O’Brien’s late-night show on TBS.
During his appearance on “Conan” Thursday night, Rodgers told the wild-haired host that he had thirteen screws inserted in his collarbone to repair the break that was caused by a hit from Minnesota Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr. He also provided some insight into his verbal altercation with Barr as he left the field.
“I rolled out to my right I threw the ball and I got tackled and kind of slammed on the ground. I looked over at him as I walked off the field. Cameras caught me saying something to him, but what they missed was him [motioning] finger… suck it sign.”
According to Rob Demovsky of ESPN, “Multiple sources told ESPN that Barr grabbed his crotch after the hit. On the day after the hit, an NFL source said the league was not aware of any gestures and was not looking into what Barr did after the play.”
“There’s no respect anymore in this business,” Rodgers said. “But I’m good. Thirteen screws later and here I am.”
Demovsky later wrote in the same article that Rodgers admitted to ESPN Wisconsin’s Jason Wilde that he may have exaggerated the number of screws inserted in his collarbone. Wilde, who reached Rodgers via text message, wrote the Packers star replied:
“It’s TV. Sometimes you exaggerate. And then sometimes, you tell the truth.”
Here’s video of O’Brien’s interview with Rodgers:
Up to this point Barr has not responded to the allegations made by Rodgers.
Rodgers is not eligible to return to game action until December 17th at the Carolina Panthers. Quarterback Brett Hundley replaced Rodgers as the Packers starter.
Green Bay is 0-1 thus far with Hundley at the helm. The third-year QB went 12 of 25 (48% completion rate) for 87 yards and an interception last Sunday against the Saints. He did add three rushes for 44 yards and a touchdown on the ground.