Aaron Rodgers is probably on Cloud 9 this week. The NFL star quarterback helped lead his Green Bay Packers to victory in a close game against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday. Still, while most headlines are celebrating his success, others are focusing on the rift that exists between the athlete and his family.
Problems Aired on The Bachelorette
What happens in a family usually remains private unless someone makes it public. While some people might air their grievances to mutual friends or even social media, the problems within the Rodgers family came to light while Aaron’s brother, Jordan, was appearing on The Bachelorette.
Jordan Rodgers was vying for the love of Bachelorette, JoJo, when he revealed that his relationship with Aaron is, basically, non-existent. He explained that he had to be honest about this, even though it would create a media frenzy, because he had no way to tell JoJo about this family dynamic off-camera ahead of their visit to his hometown.
Fair enough, but it certainly hasn’t helped the situation. One can only imagine how blindsided Aaron might have felt by having his parents and brother openly discuss on a reality television show the fact that he has distanced himself from them.
Estranged Since 2014
In a New York Times interview, Aaron’s father, Ed, revealed that the estrangement began in 2014, shortly after the football player began dating actress, Olivia Munn.
With both sons suddenly in the spotlight, Ed explained: “One in the news is enough for us. Fame can change things… Airing public laundry is not what I would have chosen…It’s complicated. We’re all hoping for the best.”
It seems that Aaron agrees with that approach. He refused to comment for the New York Times article and added: “I just don’t think it’s appropriate talking about family stuff publicly.”
It’s unfortunate that, despite it being such a big game for Aaron, his parents were noticeably absent from the audience. While everyone is treating this with the sadness it deserves, it also shouldn’t be such a surprising storyline. After all, most of us have been through something similar in our lives.
As adults, we all have to process our upbringing and decide on the kind of relationship we want to have with our families. Does it align with who we currently are? Do we feel supported? Are there issues that have yet to be resolved?
Of course, there are times when the estrangement is the sad product of misunderstandings, unrealistic expectations, and ego. It’s impossible to know what happened in the Rodgers family (not that it is any of our business) but many of us can relate.
Hopefully, the Rodgers family can find a way back to each other while respecting each other’s boundaries and addressing any of the issues that led to this in the first place.