Did Mark Sanchez Deserve To Get Called Out By Aaron Rodgers For His Ridiculous GQ Photo Shoot?
Mark Sanchez had to know this was coming. When he agreed to pose for the cover of the September 2011 issue of GQ and wear a bunch of different fashionable outfits, he had to know that his teammates would have plenty of jokes waiting for him. He’d probably have his picture pinned up on his own team’s bulletin board, a constant reminder of what he chose to do when he agreed to be photographed by GQ. But he couldn’t possibly have known that this would happen.
On Wednesday afternoon, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers appeared on a radio show in Milwaukee and ripped into the New York Jets shot-caller for donning the duds that GQ asked him to wear. Specifically, he wondered aloud why Sanchez had agreed to be photographed wearing a pair of white skinny jeans. “I mean, look at this,” Rodgers said, flipping through the magazine. “That’s embarrassing. Page 94 of the GQ thing here. That’s terrible.”
And just like that, a perceived beef between Sanchez and Rodgers was born. For his part, Sanchez took Rodgers’ comments in stride and said that he wasn’t offended by the ribbing he took at the hands of the 2011 Super Bowl MVP. He refused to engage in a war of words with Rodgers. But, did Sanchez really deserve to be ripped apart by someone who’s not on his team—and does Rodgers owe him an apology?
On the one hand, I respect the fact that Rodgers said what just about everyone was thinking when they saw the pictures of Sanchez in GQ. Whether the clothes he’s wearing are in style or not, Sanchez looks pretty ridiculous in most of the outfits that GQ‘s fashion team threw on him. He certainly doesn’t look like a guy that we’d be afraid to see on the football field on Sunday afternoons and, unfortunately, I do think that he deserves to have a few shots sent his way by his fellow players.
However, on the other hand, I think that those fellow players should be on his team. As an organization, I’m sure that the Jets have given Sanchez an earful about his choice of clothing at the GQ shoot. I’m sure that everyone from the huge defensive lineman to the lowly punter has sent a few jabs in Sanchez’s direction over the course of the last couple of weeks. It’s all been done in fun, though, and the good-natured ribbing that takes place in an NFL locker room is all a part of the game. And, in that regard, Rodgers overstepped his boundaries when he decided to speak his mind in reference to Sanchez.
The truth is that Rodgers can say whatever he wants. He can make fun of Sanchez and say that Sanchez looks like an idiot if that’s what he really thinks. But, Rodgers has to realize that he now has a huge target on his back. Both players on the Jets and players on other teams will now view Rodgers as a guy who doesn’t mind taking shots at players on teams other than his own. It’s not a huge deal in the grand scheme of things, but if I’m Rodgers, I’m privately calling or texting Sanchez and telling him that I didn’t mean any harm by publicly mocking him.
Otherwise, there’s a good chance that this will come back to bite Rodgers in the butt at some point this season. And with the Packers trying to repeat as Super Bowl champs, it’s probably best that he nip this in the bud now before it becomes anymore of a problem. Because while Mark Sanchez had to know that something like this was bound to happen, that doesn’t excuse the fact that it did. So it’s time to say you’re sorry, Aaron, and put this whole thing behind you.