Aaron Rodgers says LeBron James ignoring Donald Trump is 'absolutely beautiful'

If only the NFL would have taken LeBron James’ approach with President Donald Trump, or at least listened to Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers speak about it.

We’re heading into our third straight season of the national anthem issue overshadowing NFL games, and it’s the NFL’s fault. By enacting a policy that nobody liked (and eventually a policy that had to be paused as it discussed it with the NFLPA), when the controversy was dying down, the league incredibly gave new life to a story it was hoping went away. The NFL enacted an unnecessary policy at least partially in hopes of appeasing Trump, which makes it that much more baffling.

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Trump went after James on Twitter recently, attacking James’ intelligence, and Rodgers loved that James didn’t acknowledge it. He thinks the NFL can learn from that.

Aaron Rodgers said he and other athletes support LeBron James

In an interview with NFL Media’s Michael Silver, Rodgers said he supports James and thinks James’ non-response to Trump was the right way to handle the situation. He called it “absolutely beautiful.” 

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

Rodgers said he didn’t reply to the Trump tweet about James because “LeBron needs no help.”

“He has stood on his own two feet for years, and he has done some incredible things, and he needs no support,” Rodgers told NFL.com. “He knows he has the support of his contemporaries, in his own sport and in other sports, and he’s gonna be fine.'”

Of course, the NFL seemingly can’t ignore Trump when he attacks the league.

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Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers during a game between the Green Bay Packers and Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, New York on November 5, 2006. Buffalo won 24-10. (Photo by Mark Konezny/Getty Images)
19 October 2008: Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) with center Scott Wells (63) blocking prepares to throw a touchdown pass against the Indianapolis Colts in the second quarter. The Packers defeated the Colts 34-14. (Photo by Allen Fredrickson /Icon SMI/Icon Sport Media via Getty Images)
13 December 2009: Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers looks for a receiver during the Green Bay Packers 21-14 win over the Chicago Bears at the Soldier Field, in Chicago, Illinois, USA. (Photo by Christophe Elise/Icon SMI/Icon Sport Media via Getty Images)
GREEN BAY, WI - CIRCA 2011: In this handout image provided by the NFL, Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers poses for his NFL headshot circa 2011 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by NFL via Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - FEBRUARY 06: Jordy Nelson #87 and Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers celebrate after a 29 yard touchdown pass against the Pittsburgh Steelers during Super Bowl XLV at Cowboys Stadium on February 6, 2011 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers celebrates at the end of Super Bowl XLV where the Green Bay Packers beat the Pittsburgh Steelers 31-25 at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, February 6, 2011. (Ron T. Ennis/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/MCT via Getty Images)
GREEN BAY, WI - FEBRUARY 08: Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers addresses the fans at Lambeau Field during the Packers victory ceremony on February 8, 2011 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Matt Ludtke/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 13: NFL player Aaron Rodgers and actor Justin Timberlake present the ESPY for Best Male College Athlete during The 2011 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 13, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) throws the ball downfield in second half action. The Colts defeated the Green Bay Packers 30-27 on Sunday, October 7, 2012, in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Sam Riche/MCT via Getty Images)
GREEN BAY, WI - DECEMBER 22: Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers poses with a fan before a game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Lambeau Field on December 22, 2013 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Steelers defeated the Packers 38-31. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
ST LOUIS, MO - AUGUST 16: Quarterback Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers warms up prior to the preseason game against the St. Louis Rams at Edward Jones Dome on August 16, 2014 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
GREEN BAY, WI - SEPTEMBER 14: Quarterback Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers drops back to pass during the NFL game against the New York Jets at Lambeau Field on September 14, 2014 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers defeated the Jets 31-24. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
MIAMI GARDENS, FL - OCTOBER 12: Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers walks up the field against the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium on October 12, 2014 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
GREEN BAY, WI - NOVEMBER 16: Quarterback Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers reacts while looking to pass against the Philadelphia Eagles during the third quarter of the game at Lambeau Field on November 16, 2014 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images)
GREEN BAY, WI - NOVEMBER 30: Quarterback Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots walks away from Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers after shaking hands following the NFL game at Lambeau Field on November 30, 2014 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers defeated the Patriots 26-21. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA - JANUARY 18: Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers waits to run out to the field before taking on the Seattle Seahawks in the 2015 NFC Championship game at CenturyLink Field on January 18, 2015 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 22: NFL player Aaron Rodgers (L) and actress Olivia Munn attend the 2015 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Graydon Carter at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 22, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Larry Busacca/VF15/Getty Images)
SANTA CLARA, CA - OCTOBER 04: Quarterback Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers looks on from the sidelines during their NFL game against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium on October 4, 2015 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
GREEN BAY, WI - OCTOBER 18: Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers looks to the sideline during a game against the San Diego Chargers at Lambeau Field on October 18, 2015 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Green Bay defeated San Diego 27-20. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC - NOVEMBER 8: Quarterback Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers passes during a NFL game against the Carolina Panthers at Bank Of America Stadium on November 8, 2015 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Ronald C. Modra/Sports Imagery/Getty Images)
LANDOVER, MD - JANUARY 10: Quarterback Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers signals against the Washington Redskins in the first quarter during the NFC Wild Card Playoff game at FedExField on January 10, 2016 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 13: Actress Olivia Munn and NFL player Aaron Rodgers arrive at The 2016 ESPYS at Microsoft Theater on July 13, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
JACKSONVILLE, FL - SEPTEMBER 11: Quarterback Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers passes during a NFL game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field on September 11, 2016 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by John Capella/Sports Imagery/ Getty Images)
GREEN BAY, WI - DECEMBER 04: Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers stands on the field in the third quarter against the Houston Texans at Lambeau Field on December 4, 2016 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - JANUARY 15: Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers throws a pass in the first half during the NFC Divisional Playoff Game against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium on January 15, 2017 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - JANUARY 15: Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers reacts after a touchdown during the NFC Divisional Playoff game against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium on January 15, 2017 in Arlington, Texas. The Packers defeated the Cowboys 34-31. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 12: NFL player Aaron Rodgers attends The 2017 ESPYS at Microsoft Theater on July 12, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images)
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) breaks the tackle by Dallas Cowboys defensive end Damontre Moore (58) during the second half at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, on Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017. The Packers won, 35-31. (Jim Cowsert/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/TNS via Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 17: Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers warms up before their game against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium on December 17, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
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Rodgers: NFL players should ignore Trump’s comments

Trump told Cowboys owner Jerry Jones once, according to Jones’ sworn deposition via the Wall Street Journal, that the national anthem issue was a “winning, strong issue for me.” He told Jones the NFL can’t win on the issue, because “this one lifts me.”

It’s hard for NFL players to not respond when Trump calls those who are trying to bring awareness to social issues such as racial inequality a “son of a bitch.” But as Trump continues to attack the NFL — NFL owners were the only ones who couldn’t see that coming — Rodgers said the best way to handle it is to not give Trump more publicity.

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

It won’t be easy for NFL to ignore Trump

It won’t be easy for the NFL and its players to ignore Trump. As we know, Trump is aware the entire issue “lifts” him, and he won’t forget that. And the NFL is full of proud players who don’t take kindly to being called a “son of a bitch.”

But Rodgers makes some good points and it’s easy to follow his logic. And had the NFL ignored Trump from the beginning, we probably wouldn’t still be talking about the entire issue.

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