Often modest and calm, and usually one to avoid the limelight, quarterback Aaron Rodgers is currently preparing to lead his Green Bay Packers into the upcoming 2016 season with hopes of regaining the NFC North and potentially the Super Bowl.
However, while the Packers are starting training camp, Rodgers’ relationship with his family and actress girlfriend Olivia Munn has come under the microscope after his brother, Jordan, won ABC’s “The Bachelorette” Monday.
According to US Weekly, nearly a month after Jordan Rodgers explained to now-fiancee JoJo Fletcher on camera how he and the Rodgers family have a strained relationship with his superstar brother. A “family insider” claims the MVP quarterback’s two-year relationship with Munn is the source of the supposed strife.
The source said Munn “has a strong personality and every meeting she has had with [the family] has gone badly,” and a “show insider” stressed the family has gone back and forth over who caused the alleged issues while accusing Aaron of not speaking to them because of Munn.
Rodgers’ father, Ed, also said on-camera, “Fame can change you,” to Fletcher when she met the family in an episode that aired on July 18.
This isn’t the first time Munn’s been in a media storm over Rodgers. In 2015, when the Packers were in the middle of a downward slide and Rodgers struggled on the field, Munn lashed out at an ESPN reporter who suggested her relationship with Rodgers could be one reason for his poor play.
To which Munn responded on Twitter saying: “Playing it fast & loose w/the journalism @RobDemovsky. Your professional skills are lacking… you must be having personal problems at home.”
Since the “family insider” is anonymous, and the claims are coming from gossip publications, this might be all innuendo and fabrications. However, the story does have the potential to at least be a distraction for Rodgers and the Packers.
The 32-year-old has been one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL for the better part of a decade, and while he’s done some commercial and endorsement work he rarely gets caught up in the tabloids and usually keeps his personal life out of the public eye.
Given Rodgers' no-nonsense approach to his career, it's unlikely he will allow his brother's new fame and his girlfriend's public image influence his play.
In 2015, the Packers lost in the Divisional Playoffs to the Arizona Cardinals in overtime, 26-20. Green Bay is considered one of the favorites to reach the Super Bowl.
The Packers kick off their season on Sept. 11, when they face the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field.