The NFL released a statement Tuesday with a double-discount excuse for what most people concede was an atrocious ruling at the end of Monday night's Green Bay Packers-Seattle Seahawks game. In case you've been living under a rock, the NFL said it agreed with the decision not to overturn the touchdown on replay although it never said the initial call of a simultaneous catch was correct. Got it.
A few hours later, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was more direct on his radio talk show on WAUK-AM Milwaukee. Rodgers was more animated than at his press conference following his team's shocking loss. He opened up the show by joking to host, Jason Wilde, "I'd say this is a highly anticipated show today."
Rodgers took a more angry tone after the opening crack while discussing the game-winning Hail Mary pass that gave Seattle the debatable victory.
"First of all, I've got to do something that the NFL is not going to do: I have to apologize to the fans," Rodgers said. "Our sport is a multi-billion dollar machine, generated by people who pay good money to come watch us play. The product on the field is not being complemented by an an appropriate set of officials. The games are getting out of control.
"My thing is I just feel bad for the fans. They pay good money to watch this," he continued. "The game is being tarnished by an NFL that obviously cares more about saving some money than having the integrity of the game diminished a bit."
Rodgers called the NFL's backing of the controversial call "bold" — and not in a good sense.
Rodgers went on to read the NFL statement in a harsh and sarcastic tone and noted how it was worded: "the officials determined both [Golden] Tate and [M.D.] Jennings had possession of the ball" when the players fell to the ground.
"I call bull on that because they say 'officials,'" Rodgers sniffed. "There was zero communication between them."
The bitter quarterback went on to rip the simultaneous rule — who has the ball on their chest first.
"That's garbage, obviously," said Rodgers. "They're covering their butt here ... I mean, come on. That's embarrassing."
Rodgers went on to rip the officials for coming into the Packers locker room to pull out players for a meaningless extra point claiming they "got kind of a rude welcome." He also beefed about the crowd on the field after the fiasco in the end zone.
"How did all those people get on the field? It was a mob scene over there," he said. "It's unbelievable. It was chaos."
Not as chaotic as it is in the NFL offices right now.