April 24, 2024

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It appears that Aaron Rodgers is no longer in the running to be Robert F. Kennedy Jr.'s vice president

It appears that Aaron Rodgers is no longer in the running to be Robert F. Kennedy Jr.'s vice president
It seems that Aaron Rodgers' political career was short-lived. (Photo by Cooper Neal/Getty Images)

Aaron Rodgers' running for vice president lasted about three days, but what three days it was.

On Tuesday, the New York Jets quarterback was reportedly on the short list to be running mate for conspiracy theory-driven fringe candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr., with confirmation from the candidate himself.

On Wednesday, Rodgers reportedly told two people, Including a CNN correspondentHe believes the Sandy Hook shooting was an “internal government function.” On Thursday, he posted a strangely worded tweet in which he said the massacre was an “absolute tragedy.”

And on Friday, A video of Kennedy himself was released Saying he picked the VP and “it's none of the people they were talking about,” which seemed to take down Rodgers, who a lot of people were talking about.

Mediaite finally reported on Saturday that Kennedy plans to announce Nicole Shanahan, a California-based lawyer and businessman, as his running mate with an announcement planned for March 26 in Oakland. The newspaper confirmed that Rodgers is out of the race, while claiming that the possibility of his selection “raised concerns among campaign donors.”

Clearly, those reported concerns — as well as the entire week in general — can be interpreted in a number of ways. We don't know how much impact CNN's report on Rodgers' alleged beliefs about Sandy Hook and his subsequent response had on his nomination, nor do we know how serious the whole thing was in the first place.

At the very least, the reports certainly brought attention to Kennedy's campaign, something Rodgers – a staunch Kennedy supporter – would be happy about regardless of how unlikely he was to become vice president.

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The whole episode seemed to be over, and Rodgers could now claim the story was as serious as he wanted it to be. In the meantime, he can continue to prepare for a pivotal season with the New York Jets after missing all but four snaps last season due to a torn Achilles tendon.

Clearly, a political campaign would have hindered Rodgers' football career. Even if the whole thing was just a publicity stunt that inadvertently cast Rodgers as a Sandy Hook conspiracy theorist, it did little to quell speculation that the 40-year-old was preparing for his retirement, especially when the Jets recently signed veteran Tyrod Taylor For a significant price of $18 million over two years.