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Rodgers complains about media coverage


GREEN BAY (WSAU)  Green Bay Packers’ quarterback Aaron Rodgers is having a rough time with the media these days. This week he admonished reporters for speculating that he was engaged to his girlfriend Destiny Newton – after a blog highlighted a ring she was wearing at a college football game the two attended last Saturday.

Now Rodgers is getting into a spitting match with the C-B-S T-V show “60 Minutes” over a profile of him that the program showed almost two weeks ago. Two days after the profile aired, Rodgers said it could have been edited in a way that was more respectful to him. And he complained that the piece mentioned nothing about a major charity event that he let “60 Minutes” cover in May. Then on Wednesday, Rodgers told Detroit reporters that C-B-S unfairly edited his answers to questions about the New Orleans’ Saints bounty scandal. He said on the show that he feels like defenses are trying to take him out of every game – but he wasn’t sure if they got into a money pool to do it. But he later told reporters not to take too much stock in those comments, saying it was, “cut for their purposes, their agenda.”

Yesterday “60 Minutes” responded by releasing a transcript of Rodgers’ comments – including some that did not appear on the show. Executive producer Jeff Fager said Rodgers was, “never taken out of context, and most anybody portrayed as he was on ’60 Mintues’ would have been flattered.” Fager also said it was, “obvious we got it right when we reported that he tends to be overly sensitive.”