Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers expressed disappointment after a fan yelled out anti-Muslim sentiments during a moment of silence meant to honor the victims of the Paris attacks.
NFL teams observed a moment of silence before each game on Sunday on the heels of the tragic events that unfolded on Friday.
Instead of honoring the victims, someone in the stands at Lambeau Field yelled out a derogatory generalization about Muslims, according to the Washington Post.
During the moment of silence, someone is heard yelling “Muslims suck!” or “Fuck Muslims!” followed by other comments, including “Go, Pack, go!” and “Have some respect!”
Aaron Rodgers must have heard the fan’s comment, and even though his team lost, he prevailed by expressing his dismay over the inappropriate remarks.
Rodgers with commenting at the end about the moment of silence, fan in stands who said something prejudicial. pic.twitter.com/mZJkKJf0Ii
— Matt Johnson (@MattJ_onNFL) November 15, 2015
“I think it’s important to do things like [the moment of silence]. We’re a connected world, you know — six degrees of separation,” Rodgers told reporters. “I must admit, though, I was very disappointed with whoever the fan was who made a comment that I thought was really inappropriate, during the moment of silence. It’s that kind of prejudicial ideology that I think puts us in the position that we’re in today, as a world.”
Rodgers, unlike Donald Trump who refused to correct disparaging remarks about Muslims at a rally, did not hesitate. It’s easy to sit back and allow someone to disparage others. It’s hard to be that guy who refuses to be part of the problem, but in the end, it makes you a winner.
Aaron Rogers lost the game – but in the end, he won the respect of so many. “Holy shit just saw this. What a guy,” one Twitter user remarked. “Faith is humanity restored….” another said.
Others have weighed in saying the the comment yelled out was, “Fuck all Muslims.”
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