Aaron Rodgers, as any Green Bay Packers fan is aware, has struggled over his last three games — and the previously undefeated Packers have lost all three. Any Green Bay Packers fan is also aware that Rodgers, 31, has been dating 35-year-old former Newsroom actress Olivia Munn since May of last year.
While Packers fans have, for some reason, been quick to associate any drop in Rodgers’ performance with his personal life since the quarterback and Munn became an item, most mainstream sports journalists have refrained from that sort of unfounded speculation. Until now.
And Munn has generally held back from jumping into the fray over the accusations. Until now.
The topic first came up among the Green Bay fandom last season, after Rodgers went through a brief slump. Check out the video on this page, above, for a summary of the 2014 Aaron Rodgers–Olivia Munn “controversy,” a controversy that Rodgers addressed in his usual succinct fashion.
But on Tuesday of this week, ESPN.com published a column by staff writer Rob Demovsky headlined, “Five Reasons Why Packers Quarterback Aaron Rodgers Is Struggling,” and while the first four reasons seemed reasonable enough — wide receiver Jordy Nelson is injured, opponents have stopped giving Rodgers free plays with offside penalties, and so on — the fifth reason is what sparked the fiery response from Munn, who took to her Twitter account.
“Possible off-field issues?… A longtime NFL agent told me recently that when he sees one of his top-performing clients play differently, as Rodgers has of late, the first thing he wonders is if something is going on in his personal life.”
That speculation from the unnamed “longtime agent,” who presumably was not Rodgers’ own agent, David Dunn, CEO of the Laguna Hills, California, firm Athletes First, is what angered the former Comedy Central Daily Show correspondent.
Playing it fast & loose w/the journalism @RobDemovsky. Your professional skills are lacking… you must be having personal problems at home.
— oliviamunn (@oliviamunn) November 19, 2015
For those who are unable to see the above tweet in their browsers, Munn wrote, “Playing it fast & loose w/the journalism @RobDemovsky,” Munn said. “Your professional skills are lacking … you must be having personal problems at home.” One of Munn’s own fans — who told her on Twitter, “You and Aaron are awesome” — advised Munn not to “feed the trolls,” to which Munn replied, “The trolls can have their comments, it’s not them I’m calling out, it’s the journalists. Thanks for the love though.”
Munn first shot to fame as an icon of “geek” fandom as co-host of Attack of the Show!, a daily, hour-long “magazine” format TV program devoted to comic books, video games, fantasy and sci-fi movies and other staples of “fan” culture.
She has also been a favorite of soft-core men’s magazines, being ranked on the Maxim Magazine “100 Hot Women” list every year from 2008 to 2013, as well as three years on the FHM Magazine “100 Sexiest Women” list.
But is there any chance that something in her relationship with Aaron Rodgers actually affects his performance in Packers games?
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After achieving passer ratings over 100 in four of his team’s first six games, he suddenly cratered, with ratings of 69.7, 96.6 and 83.6 in his three most recent games, all of which were losses for the now 6-3 Packers — including last Sunday’s humiliating defeat 18-16 defeat to the worst team in the NFL, the Detroit Lions — with Green Bay giving up the lead in the NFC North division in the process.
While no one other than Rodgers and Munn can say for sure what is going on in their personal relationship, a far more likely culprit for Rodgers’ struggles surfaced on Wednesday — the day that NFL teams are required to issue their mid-week injury reports.
Rodgers name cropped up on the Packers report, stating, “Rodgers is dealing with a right shoulder injury but is expected to play against the Vikings on Sunday.”
Aaron Rodgers himself has not commented on the latest rumors about the alleged link between his play on the field and his girlfriend, Olivia Munn.
[Photo By Morry Gash/Associated Press]