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Aaron Rodgers denounces Green Bay fan for prejudiced comment during moment of silence

Green Bay Packers’ Aaron Rodgers looks back as he walk off the field during the second half of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015, in Green Bay, Wis. The Lions won 18-16. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)


Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was upset after today’s game, and not just because his team lost to the Lions.

Rodgers said that during the moment of silence for the victims of the terrorist attack in Paris, he heard a fan make a prejudiced comment.

“I think it’s important to do things like that, we’re a connected world, you know -- six degrees of separation,” Rodgers said. “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.”

It was unclear what, exactly, Rodgers heard a fan say, but on social media there were several accounts of fans in Green Bay saying things like, “Death to Muslims” and “Muslims suck.” There were also a number of fans who tried to begin a “Go Pack Go” cheer during the moment of silence. One fan could be heard loudly yelling at those fans, “Have some respect.”

Whatever was said, if Rodgers heard a prejudiced comment, he should be commended for speaking out against it. And any fan who would take a moment of silence and turn it into an opportunity to spread bigotry should be ashamed.