Report: Packers’ Aaron Rodgers goes full Michael Jordan with Jerry Krause diss of Brian Gutekunst
It’s no secret that disgruntled Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers isn’t a big fan of general manager Brian Gutekunst right now. Yahoo Sports’ Charles Robinson reported last weekend Rodgers didn’t want to return to the Packers if Gutekunst remains the general manager.
More details are now leaking about Rodgers’ apparent disdain for Gutekunst, with The Athletic’s Bob McGinn reporting this wild tidbit:
According to sources, Rodgers has mocked Gutekunst in group chats with his teammates in Green Bay by referring to the GM as Jerry Krause. The late Krause, the general manager of the Chicago Bulls during their run of six NBA championships, was loathed by Michael Jordan for some personnel moves with which Jordan disagreed.
Michael Jordan infamously grew to hate Jerry Krause, who replaced Rod Thorn as the general manager for the Chicago Bulls right after MJ was drafted. Despite Krause being the architect of the Bulls’ dynasty, Jordan loathed him and would make fun of him relentlessly in front of others. Jordan would even derisively call Krause “Crumbs” in a mocking reference to his weight.
Rodgers referring to Gutekunst as Krause to teammates is pretty brutal, and there are some similarities here in the two situations. Jordan had some contract squabbles of his own that played into his hatred for Krause.
But back to the Packers. It doesn’t seem like they have any plan to remove Gutekunst as general manager, and it’s unclear if they would ultimately go that route if that’s what Rodgers demands. Green Bay also currently has no plans to trade Rodgers, so this is just an old-fashioned standoff happening before our very eyes.
There’s still some time for this situation to play out before the beginning of the 2021 NFL season, but it sure seems like this drama isn’t going anywhere in the near future.