- Jets QB Aaron Rodgers has sparked controversy with his latest quip about comedian Jimmy Kimmel.
- Rodgers alleged that Kimmel would benefit if the names of Jeffrey Epstein’s associates remained secret.
- Kimmel criticized Rodgers, suggesting he might resort to legal action.
ESPN is battling a wave of backlash after Jets quarterback Aaron Rodgers made a bizarre and baseless quip about comedian Jimmy Kimmel being linked to disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein.
Kimmel, Joe Jimmy Kimmel Live! Rodgers quickly shot back that he would consider legal action following his comments on Pat McAfee’s popular show.
“Dear Asshole: For the record, I have neither met Epstein, nor visited with him, nor have had any contact with him, nor have you soft-minded idiots apparently. You will find my name on any ‘list’ other than fake bullshit as if you can’t distinguish from reality,” Kimmel wrote on X, formerly known as Twitter. “Your reckless words put my family in danger. Have put it in. Let’s keep this going and we will argue the facts further in the court.”
Rodgers claimed the late-night host was “really hoping” that court documents related to Epstein and his associates, which have been kept private, would remain secret. Epstein died by suicide as he awaited trial on charges of sex trafficking of minors. The documents are set to be opened soon on Wednesday.
“A lot of people, including Jimmy Kimmel, are really hoping this doesn’t come out,” Rodgers said. “I’ll tell you what, if that list came out, I would definitely be breaking some kind of bottle.”
Amid an injury-plagued season, Rodgers has used his presence to further his various feuds, including with President Joe Biden’s former top medical adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci and Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce.
Rodgers’ comments about Kimmel come with the added headache that the NFL star used a Disney-owned platform to attack one of the company’s biggest stars. McAfee, who tried to calm the situation on Wednesday, has been positioned as a major asset for the future of ESPN, particularly on its long-running “College GameDay,” which airs on the network every week. Anchors college football coverage.
“Some things, obviously, make people very angry, especially when they’re serious allegations,” McAfee said. “So we’re sorry to be a part of this. I can’t wait to hear what Aaron says about this. Hopefully, they’ll both be able to work it out, you know, not work-wise. , but will be able to negotiate -negotiate and move forward.”
ESPN is facing criticism from all sides regarding this controversy.
“Is @ESPN even unaware that the Jeffrey Epstein case is about the rape of young girls? It is absolutely shameful that the network would allow anyone to exploit this tragedy for cheap political gain,” investigative journalist Julie Of. Brown, whose reporting led to the re-examination of Epstein’s conduct, wrote on X.
USA TODAY’s Mike D. Sykes, II called for ESPN to fire Rodgers from the show permanently. AJ Perez of Front Office Sports thought Disney CEO Bob Iger might have to get involved.
Representatives for ESPN and Rodgers did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.
The New York Post previously reported that McAfee has paid Rodgers millions over the years for his weekly appearances, which often grab headlines for a mix of NFL insight, politics and often bizarre details about his life.
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