Jermichael Finley has always spoken his mind. It is one thing for which he is admired for as well as chastised over. It turns out that the people with whom Finley surrounds himself have the same characteristics. Only this time, it is someone who represents the Green Bay Packers tight end who may be causing a rift with the team.
Most notably, with Aaron Rodgers.
Finley’s agent, Blake Baratz, questioned Rodgers’ leadership through a series of Tweets on his Twitter account. It is not the first time Baratz has called out an NFL quarterback on Twitter, calling out Jay Cutler of the Chicago Bears less than one week ago.
Baratz knocked Cutler after the Packers beat the Bears last Thursday night, saying ”U sound like a 6 yr old who just had his animal crackers taken. Quit being a bitch, own up.” he then added ”There’s a major difference & drop off in leadership from Manning, Brees, Brady, to the next best QB’s in the league. Cutler doesn’t get it.”
A Packers fan responded to Baratz’s tweets, asking why Rodgers was not on that list. he was more than willing to oblige the person with a timely response.
“ARod [Aaron Rodgers' nickname] is a great QB he isn’t a great leader. There’s a major difference. Leaders take the blame & make every1 better. He doesn’t.”
Finley was quick to dismiss any notions that Baratz’s opinions reflected his own in any way. But he was also not backing down in any way as to his association with Baratz.
Finley tweeted, writing, “@AaronRodgers12 is our leader, period. … Family can disagree it makes us all stronger.” On Monday night, Finley also tweeted, “u should all b so lucky 2 have some1 like Blake (agent) in ur life. He’s helped me in more ways that I would expect any1 2 understand.”
James Jones, the Green Bay wide receiver who was seen being berated by Rodgers following an interception during the game, was quick to come to the defense of his quarterback.
“For people to question his leadership is ridiculous,” Jones said. “He’s a natural-born leader, not just by what he says but how he carries himself, how he plays the game, how he handles certain situations. Everybody in this locker room looks up to him as a leader. Everybody in this locker room believes in him.”
Baratz went on to further say what he thinks about the differences between great players and leaders. Instead of talking about other Packers, this time, Baratz went after a Chicago icon.
“[Michael] Jordan was a great player, terrible teammate, terrible leader,” Baratz posted in a response to a follower on Twitter. “There’s a great diff b/t gr8 players & leaders. Arod isn’t a bad leader, there’s just a diff b/t him & Brees, Brady, etc,” Baratz tweeted. “4 the 10th time I actually believe AROD is the best QB in football, I never said a word abt talent.”
later on, Baratz went on to reply to another fan of the Packers’ and Rodgers’, questioning ”besides winning football games, what has [Rodgers] done to show this great leadership that u speak about?”
Apparently, winning a Super Bowl and leading a team to a 15-1 regular season does little to impress Baratz.
To sum things up, Baratz went on to restate that his views had nothing to do with his client’s.
“I apologize 2 (Finley) because he had nothing 2 do w MY comments or opinions,” Baratz tweeted. “I understand the power of social media and how it can be taken in & out of context. Again, I will apologize for that. I will always own up 2 my own opinions, I have no reason 2 hide from them, but please always understand, they’re mine & mine only, & lastly, I hope u tune into the Blog because 140 characters is just not enough. Life’s too short ppl, gotta relax a bit.”
If it weren’t for people stirring things up on a team who is already struggling, maybe they could relax a bit.
This is just going to rile everyone up, but probably not in a good way.
We will find out when teh Packers hit the road on Monday Night Football to take on the Seattle Seahawks.