ESPN’s flagship character Stephen A. Smith unloaded on the rumors circulating that his colleague Pat McAfee pays star Jets quarterback for his weekly look on the Pat McAfee present.
Smith, responding to a New York Put up article titled “Pat McAfee Pays Aaron Rodgers Tens of millions For His Unique Interviews,” informed McAfee “I need you to inform the general public on the market who’s been vital in questioning your relationship [with Rodgers] to kiss your ass.”
Stephen A. Smith has an vital message for the Pat McAfee-Aaron Rodgers haters. Kiss Pat McAfee’s ass. Twice. pic.twitter.com/HvC0gwQqtK
— Terrible Saying (@awfulannouncing) October 17, 2023
“They want they’d the connection,” Smith continued. “Inform ‘em to kiss your ass twice, that’s proper, quote Stephen A., okay?” Smith mentioned on his present “First Take.”
“It’s ridiculous,” Smith continued, vociferously. “Anyone on this enterprise is aware of that each one of us, anytime you possibly can have a relationship with an elite participant who is just not unapologetic concerning the commentary he gives, all of us would need these relationships props to you for having it and the hell with all of these naysayers. I’m saying that, Pat McAfee’s not saying that I’m saying it okay so be sure you quote me on that,” Smith concluded. (RELATED: ‘Get Your Fifth Booster, Bum!’: Aaron Rodgers Mocks Keith Olbermann After Harm Taunt)
“Thanks Stephen A., I really like you,” McAfee responded.
Rodgers has been a weekly common on the Pat McAfee present since 2019, lengthy earlier than the previous NFL Professional Bowl punter took his present to ESPN’s airwaves in Might, licensing his present to the worldwide chief for a whopping $85 million.
McAfee defended paying the Jets quarterback on his present Thursday, explaining that the primary fee was a “vacation bonus” of $450,000 that he gave a reluctant Rodgers after his weekly look turned “the largest podcast on Earth.”
McAfee defined that following the introduction of Rodger’s phase his firm “went from being valued wherever between two to 5 million a couple of years again to love over $500 million.”
McAfee cited the businessman Wealthy Paul’s philosophy of taking good care of your individuals.
“I’ve all the time had the view of: if someone goes to generate income for us, that individual goes to reap the profit from it,” the previous NFL star mentioned.
“I really feel like New York Put up and a few individuals assume like them speaking about me giving Aaron Rodgers, towards his will for some time, cash for serving to our firm and investing in our firm along with his time and his effort and his vitality… I feel individuals assume that’s successful piece. However I would love individuals to know like in case you imagine that people ought to work their dicks off for you and never receives a commission for it, such as you’re an enormous a part of the issue as effectively,” McAfee concluded.
The concept that Rodgers doesn’t deserve some share of the wealth that he’s helped create for McAfee and co. is ridiculous. Nearly as ridiculous as the concept the cash makes the Rodgers/McAfee friendship much less actual. If something I’d argue it makes it that rather more reputable. (RELATED: Colin Kaepernick Begs NFL Crew To Let Him Be part of Observe Squad)
This was an apparent try at farming engagement, which, as somebody within the information enterprise I can empathize with. Rodgers’ title will all the time get the hate clicks from blue haired liberals who’ve Anthony Fauci posters of their bedrooms and say nightly prayers to their nice god Pfizer.
However to try to counsel that individuals shouldn’t be paid for his or her time or the worth they bring about to others, that it’s some otherworldly concept to reward individuals if you’re ready to take action is, as an awesome man as soon as mentioned, “asinine, ten, eleven and twelve!”