Super Bowl 2011: Aaron Rodgers and Nick Barnett in Middle of Photo Controversy
Super Bowl week has barely started, but already, we've got our first major off-the-field controversy.
This one doesn't involve drugs or gambling (thank goodness), but the seemingly tame issue of a team photo. It seems that the Packers team photo for the Super Bowl had been scheduled for Tuesday, which was before injured players who hadn't been rehabbing with the team were due to arrive.
This understandably caused some chafing among those who wouldn't be included, most publicly by injured linebacker Nick Barnett. Yahoo reports that he tweeted last week about his concerns, and was rebuffed by, of all people, Aaron Rodgers, who complained about some teammates who "choose to do their rehab in other places", something Rodgers recalls that he didn't do when he was on IR back in 2006.
In the end, the photo was rescheduled for later in the week, but head coach Mike McCarthy can't be happy that something as seemingly petty as this is being aired out in public for all the world to see. Teams don't want to present any potential cracks in the armor for their opponents to use as motivation. This situation doesn't bode well for a harmonious team all pulling towards one goal next week. But maybe they can turn it around into a "nobody understands us" type thing, and use it for their own motivation.
Either way, this situation definitely won't be one of the more memorable Super Bowl moments. Here are 20 moments that are.
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