The unusual saga of Aaron Rodgers’ toe has taken yet one more weird flip.
Rodgers has requested an apology from a writer, Molly Knight, over a story she shared, however didn’t write.
In his press convention Wednesday, the Packers quarterback railed towards “disinformation” in a Wall Street Journal story that quoted his phase from the “Pat McAfee Show” the place he joked that he had COVID toe (after which implied that he truly had a damaged pinky toe). The Journal story then went on to describe how COVID toe is an actual aftereffect of the pandemic and contains lesions.
In his presser, Rodgers put his toes up for all to see there have been no lesions, then requested an apology from a writer who didn’t creator the story.
“I have a fractured toe, so I expect a full apology from Molly Knight and whoever her editors were,” Rodgers mentioned. “I did get a kick out of studying that article. That was very, very fascinating. No I’ve by no means heard of COVID toe earlier than. Pat made a joke about it on the present, and I discussed yesterday that it’s worse than a turf toe and it have to be a bone difficulty.
“I can’t believe I have to again come on here and talk about my medical information. But yeah, I have a fractured toe. I’ve never heard of COVID toe before. I have no lesions on my feet. That’s just a classic case of disinformation. It’s surprising coming from what used to be a reputable journalistic institution. But that’s just the world we live in these days.”
Molly Knight, who doesn’t work for the Wall Street Journal, has a Substack web page the place she covers baseball. She has beforehand written for ESPN and The Athletic. The Wall Street Journal story was written by Andrew Beaton.
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Knight had shared the Wall Street Journal story with a caption that mentioned, “This is what happens when you take medical advice from Joe Rogan.” She deleted the tweet when she was informed that “COVID toe” was a joke from Rodgers.
Knight defined the sequence of occasions from her perspective in an e-mail to The Post.
“Today I tweeted a link to a Wall Street Journal story about Aaron Rodgers, then went to a spin class and the local homeless feed where I volunteer,” Knight wrote. “Apparently he talked about me by identify in a press convention, as a result of once I completed my work my social media feeds have been filled with disagreeable feedback from Rodgers’ followers.
“I didn’t write the article Rodgers is upset about, but I guess in the grand scheme of things it’s not that big of a deal. I would like to thank Aaron for directing traffic to my Twitter feed, where I am raising money for blankets for our unhoused neighbors. It’s getting cold, and the number of people who need help in Southern California has ballooned in recent years, so every bit of awareness helps.”
After the press convention, Knight was inundated with tweets from indignant Packers followers.
“Since there seems to be some confusion: I did not write the Aaron Rodgers Covid toe article,” Knight tweeted. “I do not work for the Wall Street Journal. Please stop all this hate. Thank you.”
“I have no idea why Aaron Rodgers said my name in a press conference,” Knight responded when requested by a replier why he named her. “I’m solely discovering out about it now as a result of it’s completely insane.
“Like how in the world? This is so surreal. Please stop harassing me. Please. I did not write the article.”