Anthony Barr breaks his silence, claims Aaron Rodgers started the exchange.
On October 15th, a hit by Minnesota Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr left Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers with a broken right collarbone. As Rodgers walked off the field, TV cameras caught him cursing at Barr.
Rodgers later claimed on Conan O’Brien’s late-night TV show that he was responding to Barr, who gave him the finger and “suck it” sign after the hit. This morning, video surfaced that seemed to confirm half of Rodgers’ account. The video shows Barr grabbing his groin area as he faced the Packers sideline.
However, this afternoon Barr broke his silence and gave his account of what happened after the quarterback was injured. Via Twitter, Barr wrote:
— Anthony Barr (@AnthonyBarr) October 28, 2017
The message from Barr reads:
“Smh this guy got y’all fooled man. After the play, I go back to the huddle, don’t even look or say a word to him. Once he gets up, I’m waiting for the play call, and hear someone shouting all kinds of profanities. I look over and it’s y’all mans calling me all kinds of names, F you this, F you that as he’s walking off the field. So naturally, I responded. I don’t care if you Aaron Rodgers or Mr. Rodgers, if you say something like that you’re gonna get a response from me. I could go on a talk show every weekend and complain about the “disrespectful” things players say or do. If he takes the lick and keeps it pushing we aren’t STILL talking about this. Get over it. #13dayslater”
Barr claims that Rodgers began yelling at him, which the cameras clearly caught, and that the quarterback’s profanity-laced outburst caused him to retort in-kind. Barr was not penalized or fined for the hit and it was not deemed illegal by NFL offices.
The Vikings play the Packers in Week 16 at Lambeau Field in a nationally televised Saturday night game. Rodgers is eligible to return from IR in Week 15.