Erin Andrews found hoopla over Aaron Rodgers hug ‘so stupid’


Erin Andrews heard all of the response over hugging Aaron Rodgers a pair weeks in the past, and thought it was silly.

The Fox Sports sideline reporter mentioned the matter on her podcast with Charissa Thompson, “Calm Down with Erin and Charissa,” this week. She felt that the response was a mix of the commentariat choosing on her for being a girl, mixed with Rodgers being a lightning rod.

“I pretty much have hugged Rodgers since I started covering the NFL. He’s been a good friend of mine for the last 15 years,” Andrews stated. “It was so humorous as a result of the folks near me in my life like my household or different quarterbacks I do know or different gamers are like ‘Why is this a big deal?’

“I loved Pat McAfee for joking around with him, and being like, ‘You two gotta stop hugging.’ And I loved when Aaron kinda said she’s my friend. It’s also like him mentioning that he hugs other guys, opposing players and I was like ‘yeah! I’m looked at like one of the guys!’”

Fox Sports sideline reporter Erin Andrews
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Aaron Rodgers responded to the blowback from his Erin Andrews embrace, saying, ‘I’m a hugger and I take pleasure in seeing my buddies postgame.’
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Andrews went on to clarify that she has hugged plenty of star gamers, and it’s by no means in any other case changed into a factor.  

“Sunday, I hadn’t seen Odell [Beckham Jr.] and he ran over by me and he looked so happy and I just said, ‘God I miss that smile,’ and he was like good to see you and gave me a hug. I gave Von Miller a hug because he did ‘Dancing With the Stars,’” she stated.

Aaron Rodgers and Erin Andrews in 2018.

“Lots of people overlook, we’re with these guys 18 weeks out of the yr. We see them on a regular basis, we’re with them in the course of the highs and lows of their profession. I’m grateful for the entry they’ve given me. I’ve acquired to let you know, for the primary time, whether or not you need to name Rodgers a lightning rod for his stance on COVID, I don’t need to get into that — what I’m getting concerned in is sports activities. I used to be pumped he broke [Brett Favre’s Packers touchdown pass] document.“

Andrews concluded that it have to be a “chick thing” as a result of two males hugging by no means will get introduced up as a difficulty.

“For the first time in my career I kind of thought, this was like a chick thing,” Andrews stated. “They’re going after it as a result of I’m a feminine. Now, possibly I’ve it wronged they’re simply going after it as a result of Aaron is a lightning rod proper now however I’ll say this, nobody has stated something when Greg Olsen and [George] Kittle tackled and hugged one another.

“In reality it’s an NFL meme — actually they used it in the midst of the sport as a result of it was a cool second.

“I’ve watched ‘Monday Night Football’ with [Randy] Moss hugging the guy and I never get that way because I’m grateful for my job and employers but for the first time I was like ‘Is this a chick thing? If I was a guy and gave him a hug would anybody have cared?’ I wanted to right it so bad. I gave [Matt] Stafford a hug and I’m friends with him and his wife and no one said anything. Maybe because Aaron is a lightning rod. So stupid. Slow news day.”

Eventually, Andrews acquired to what was in all probability an even bigger issue within the broader response than one thing resembling center faculty teasing: she had simply completed the COVID theater of giving a socially distanced interview with Rodgers earlier than the hug, breaching the social distance that had been broadcast on tv.

“And I know that there’s the other argument where we’re doing the interview six feet apart, because of the COVID protocol,” Andrews stated. “It is what it is. I understand that. I’ll do whatever the NFL needs me to do.”

What Andrews touched upon right here is correct: She is just not liable for the interview having been carried out at a social distance. That is a choice made by the NFL and Fox. Any response about how that was foolish must be directed up the ladder versus on the sideline reporter.


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