Posts Tagged ‘Criticism’

Any members of the Green Bay Packers who may have been offended by quarterback Aaron Rodgers‘ critiques of a “piss poor” effort at practice last week may not want to pay attention to his defense of those comments, either.

“I hope we’re not that soft,” Rodgers said Monday, according to Rob Demovsky of ESPN. “I hope we can hear comments or read comments and not get offended by things. It’s a professional environment; it’s not a personal environment. The things I’m saying, I don’t have some vendetta against any player. I care about winning, No. 1, and I’m going to say and do the things that I feel like can advance us.”

The 34-year-old, six-time Pro Bowler says those types of criticisms are necessary to achieve success in the NFL.

“It’s going to be tough at some points. It’s not a popularity contest all the time. Obviously, as a human, you like being liked and appreciated, but I’m trying to win games because that’s my job,” said Rodgers.

Rodgers didn’t play in the Packers’ preseason opener against the Tennessee Titans, but rookie wide receivers Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Equanimeous St. Brown each topped 60 receiving yards with at least four receptions. Valdes-Scantling scored one of the team’s four touchdowns on the night.

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The Los Angeles Lakers are coming to LeBron James‘ defense after President Donald Trump criticized their offseason signing in a tweet late Friday night.

“We could not be more proud to have LeBron James as part of our Lakers family,” wrote Lakers controlling owner Jeanie Buss in an official statement. “He is an incredibly thoughtful and intelligent leader and clearly appreciates the power that sports has to unite communities and inspire the world to be a better place. Those efforts should be celebrated by all.”

Trump had evidently watched an interview with James conducted by CNN’s Don Lemon from earlier in the week, with the POTUS first attacking Lemon by calling him “the dumbest man on television.” He followed that up by offering how Lemon “made LeBron look smart, which isn’t easy to do” before punctuating his tweet with “I like Mike.”

Several NBA players from across the Association have voiced their support for James – who just recently opened his I Promise School in his hometown – on social media since Trump’s tweet. Even Michael Jordan (Mike) has come forth, saying through an official spokesperson that he supports James, and that “he’s doing an amazing job for his community.”

James signed a four-year contract with the Lakers last month after spending the past four seasons with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Buffalo Bills wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin may have landed in his coach’s doghouse for ripping into the Carolina Panthers and quarterback Cam Newton.

“There’s a time and a place for (comments) like that and this was not one of them,” head coach Sean McDermott told reporters Sunday, courtesy WKBW’s Matthew Bove.

Benjamin ranted against his former club and quarterback in an interview published Saturday. He lamented the fact he was drafted by the Panthers to begin with, and knocked Newton for being inaccurate and less knowledgeable than other accomplished pivots.

Benjamin and McDermott both came to Buffalo via Carolina. Benjamin was a first-round pick of the Panthers in 2014, while McDermott served as the club’s defensive coordinator from 2011-16. Benjamin was traded to the Bills last season.

“That’s not how I want us to handle things like that,” McDermott said. “We’ll move forward as a team and I’m hoping we’ve already done that.”

The second-year coach added that he’s already spoken to Benjamin about the way he chose to air his grievances.

“Our focus needs to be on what we’re doing,” he noted.

In six contests for the Bills last season, Benjamin put up 16 receptions for 217 yards and one touchdown.

Washington Wizards point guard John Wall understands most NBA players are never truly safe and can be traded anytime. But he also believes there’s a right way to go about moving a player, especially one as committed to his organization as DeMar DeRozan recently was north of the border.

The Toronto Raptors, in Wall’s opinion, handled moving their franchise superstar to the San Antonio Spurs extremely poorly.

“It was interesting. In my opinion, I don’t think there was loyalty shown on DeRozan’s part,” said Wall, according to Chase Hughes of NBC Sports. “This is a business and you understand that. [But], if you talk to me man-to-man, then just be honest with me. We’re all grown men.”

DeRozan complimented Toronto and its fans on his way out as part of a package that brought the Raptors two-time Defensive Player of the Year Kawhi Leonard. The four-time All-Star doesn’t think highly of Masai Ujiri, though, saying the Raptors team president wasn’t honest with him about whether he was being made available in trade discussions.

Wall and DeRozan have met as opponents in the postseason on two occasions. They also have an off-court relationship and are close friends.

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has no problem wading into the political realm, at least when it comes to President Donald Trump’s involvement in the NFL’s national anthem controversy.

Trump has been vocal about his disdain for any protests during the national anthem, and his criticism of players and the league led to a debate over a new anthem policy. The president’s opinions on league matters get the attention of players, team owners, and league executives – and that’s part of the problem, according to Rodgers.

“I think that the more that we give credence to stuff like that, the more it’s gonna live on,” Rodgers told NFL.com’s Michael Silver.

“I think if we can learn to ignore or not respond to stuff like that – if we can – it takes away the power of statements like that.”

Trump recently turned his attention to LeBron James, questioning the NBA megastar’s intelligence in a tweet last week after James opened his I Promise school in Ohio.

Rodgers called James’ lack of a response “absolutely beautiful.”

He continued, “At a time when he’s putting on display his school, which is changing lives, there’s no need. Because you’re just giving attention to that (tweet), that’s what they want. So just don’t respond.”

Rodgers said tweeting his support of James was unnecessary as the basketball star “knows he has the support of his contemporaries, in his own sports and in other sports.”

Michael Jordan has weighed in on Donald Trump’s inflammatory tweet aimed at LeBron James.

Jordan made it clear he’s not siding with Trump after the president finished his tweet with “I like Mike!”

“I support LJ,” A spokesperson for Jordan told Geoff Bennett of NBC News. “He’s doing an amazing job for his community.”

James continues to be one of those most influential figures in both professional sports and his home state of Ohio, where he recently opened his I Promise School, which will provide over 200 students with an abundance of tools to help them progress toward a college education.

It’s safe to say wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin is happier as a member of the Buffalo Bills than he was with the team that drafted him – the Carolina Panthers.

Benjamin had some choice words for his former team, claiming he was a poor fit in the Panthers’ offense.

“Looking back on it, I should’ve just been drafted by somebody else,” Benjamin told The Athletic’s Tim Graham. “I should’ve never went to Carolina. Truly, I just think Carolina was bad for me. It was a bad fit from the get-go.”

The Bills receiever did not stop there, taking a shot at his former quarterback, Cam Newton. Benjamin felt that he would have been a more productive receiver in another situation.

“If you would’ve put me with any other quarterback, let’s be real, you know what I’m saying?” Benjamin posed when asked about why things went south in Carolina. “Any other accurate quarterback like (Aaron) Rodgers or Eli Manning or Big Ben (Roethlisberger) – anybody – quarterbacks with knowledge, that know how to place a ball and give you a better chance to catch the ball. It just felt like I wasn’t in that position.”

The Panthers’ first-round pick (No. 28 overall) in 2014, Benjamin had an excellent rookie campaign, catching 73 passes for 1,008 yards and nine touchdowns. He tore his ACL during training camp in 2015, and missed his sophomore year.

Newton won MVP the year Benjamin was on the sidelines.