MVP voter Hub Arkush won’t vote for ‘jerk’ Aaron Rodgers

Aaron Rodgers' anto-vaxx idiocy made him lose at least one MVP vote.

Aaron Rodgers’ anto-vaxx idiocy made him lose at least one MVP vote.
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You may not have realized that the NFL MVP debate could get as annoying as it does at the Baseball Hall of Fame. I know, just when you thought you could find an escape.

Now, it should be noted that Hub Arkush has been a vuvuzela of idiocy for years, but he won’t be the only one to view his MVP vote as some sort of duty to be a guardian of morality. And the fact is, and it pains me to say it, I’m not sure he’s wrong.

Not that the NFL MVP has to be proof of one’s nature, personality, or moral code. A lot of shit heads have won an MVP. The temptation, because it’s the easy way, is to say that antics off the pitch count towards the rewards or not, end of story, but it’s probably not that simple.

There would be a grudge for many people to see Rodgers win the MVP with what he pulled this year. It has violated the rules, put people at risk, and helped amplify some really fucked up views that have stood in the way of this country trying to escape the clutches of the pandemic. Frankly, that’s too much to ignore. That would be an extremely embarrassing aspect for the NFL, and that’s a kind way. Think Patrick Kane who won an MVP months after being accused of rape. How did he rest?

I know it. I’m the guy who says Clemens and Bonds and Sosa should be in Cooperstown. Hall is not a test of morality either. But those players didn’t actually break any rules that were in effect at the time. And they haven’t hurt anyone but themselves. There are rules against these things now, but none of these guys actually failed an MLB-administered drug test that saw them suspended.

Yes, it is a gray area. But most things are in a gray or shaded area.

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