I'm sorry, but this Rodgers story is really bothering me. I know Florio is just a hack blogger, and I've been a big supporter of his for years. I really enjoyed reading his articles, but I feel he stepped way out of bounds with this Rodgers story.
Yesterday he wrote a piece where entitled "Aaron Rodgers Has A Lot To Learn About Where His Money Comes From," where he showed a quick clip of a woman with cancer saying she wanted an autograph by Rodgers. In the video you can see Rodgers just walking by her, on his way to the plane headed for Atlanta. In the article, Florio labeled Rodgers as an "Ass" and claimed Rodgers was "Treating a cancer patient like a panhandler with leprosy."
On it's face it looked bad. My first reaction was, "Geez, what a prick!"
But then the facts came out, and today, WBAY reports that the woman just got Rodgers to sign her jersey the week before, and that he signed several things for her a couple years ago!
Money quote:http://www.wbay.com/Global/story.asp?S=13857012"I was terribly upset this morning because I did not realize what was online, and opened up my email," she said, "and I was just shocked."
Just a week earlier, Rodgers autographed Jan's pink jersey bearing the number 12, and a few years ago the now-star quarterback signed a number of things for her.
So far Florio hasn't issued any kind of apology or updated the original story. Nor did he provide any other kind of context, such as the large amount of work Rodgers does with several Cancer research institutions. When readers sent such information to Florio, he acknowledged receiving it, but said it didn't matter to him.
What bothers me the most about the story is that it comes off as nothing more than an attempt at blatant character assassination. There was no attempt to put things into context, nor was there any kind of attempt to reach out and gather facts.
Florio has a lot of readers and a partnership with NBC, as as such, I feel he has a duty to write stories with the utmost integrity. This article certainly lacked any kind of integrity set by those outside of the National Enquirer, and I think it also reflects poorly on his sponsors and partners. Never in a million years did I think I would turn against the guy, but Florio lost a ton of credibility with me. I know others feel the same.